ages 15-18 · A1-B2

Cologne, located on the banks of the Rhine River and with a population over 1 million, is the fourth largest city in Germany. The impressive Cologne Cathedral, the biggest Gothic church in northern Europe, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the landmark of the city.

Cologne is known for its cheerful, cosmopolitan and tolerant spirit. In the summertime it offers a great variety of concerts, operas, dramas, musicals and open-air events, and the Rhine beckons visitors to take walks, bicycle trips or boat rides along its winding course. Learn more about our German language summer program in Cologne!

The school

Our students are guests at the Cologne City Hostel in the Deutz district, on the eastern bank of the Rhine, right across the river from the main train station and in view of the famous Cologne Cathedral. Our program center features modern, high-quality equipment and facilities in a quiet but central location.

Our classes are held in the attractive and bright seminar rooms of the hostel, which are all equipped with up-to-date technology. As our students are housed in the same building where they have their classes, they can conveniently walk there from their rooms without having to leave the premises.


The building is very well equipped. Our students stay in comfortable, modern twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms. With this 360° panoramic image you get a first impression of the rooms in Cologne.

We carefully choose the students who will share a room with each other. We take care to match roommates who have a comparable German language level and are of similar age, yet speak different native languages. This way we encourage them to speak and practice German with each other outside of the classroom. Boys and girls are housed separately.

Our students receive three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

For the students’ personal laundry there are coin washing machines and dryers in the hostel. Bed linen and towels will be provided and changed regularly.

Leisure time

Due to its central location within easy walking distance of all major downtown sights, the Cologne City Hostel is the perfect starting point for all those who want to explore Cologne. It is also a comfortable and quiet place to relax in after a strenuous afternoon in town. We will regularly offer bike tours on our school-owned mountain bikes.

Activity program

Every day we offer an attractive and varied activity program with sports, games or cultural events for the leisure time after class. Our staff will encourage and motivate students to participate in the activities. This leisure program is included in the tuition fees.

The following leisure activities are offered:

Board games
Bicycle tours
Party room
City tours
Table football
Table tennis


Every Saturday, our staff members organize and accompany full-day excursions to attractive destinations. Every Wednesday, our students will have half-day excursions to sights and interesting towns within the region. The excursions and the entrance fees are already included in the course fee. Some of our offers include:







We guarantee reliable around-the-clock supervision, both during the excursions as well as throughout the whole course. All students are expected to attend all classes, meals and scheduled activities and excursions.

„ Teachers are very nice, people are awesome and activities are fun and interesting: You learn A LOT of German!
Neza, age 17


c/o Jugendherberge Köln-Deutz
Siegesstraße 5
50679 Köln

German summer courses & fees

In Cologne the Humboldt-Institut offers German summer courses for teenagers. All courses are offered as a full-package including accommodation, full board, daily activities and excursions.

Intensive Course 30

30 lessons/week
Duration: 2 or 4 or 6 weeks

1.320 €/week

incl. accommodation and board

Tuition: Monday – Friday
Levels: A1 - B2

Starting dates:

Juli 17*, Juli 3, Juli 31*

Starting dates:

* not for total beginners


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What is included:

All courses include all lessons, course materials, housing accommodations, full board, 24-hour supervision, daily activity program, weekly excursions (including entrance fees), laundry service and a certificate.

Arrival and departure

Our day of arrival is the Sunday before the course starts and the departure day is the Saturday after the end of the course.

Railway station

We will pick up our students from the Köln Hauptbahnhof railway station free of charge.

Airport transfer

We can arrange a transfer service for a fee from and to the airport Cologne/Bonn (CGN).

Airport Cologne/Bonn (CGN)

40,00 EUR
(per person and way)


In this video from our partner, the Cologne youth hostel, you will get a first impression of the common areas, the student rooms and classrooms in which the German courses take place. Enjoy watching!


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