Welcome to the summer course in Cologne!

Learn German and explore Cologne!

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!

Our course location can be reached easily and safely from Cologne airport with the Humboldt transfer service.

German summer courses for teenagers in Cologne

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.

The 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.


Age group



Course types

Intensive courses


German levels

Beginners to advanced learners


Class size



Accommodation types



Course dates

In summer


The building is very well-equipped. Our students stay in comfortable, modern twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

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

German summer courses & fees

In Cologne, the Humboldt-Institut offers German courses for teenagers during the summer. Every week from Monday to Friday, 30 lessons are taught in small classes. The lessons and the learning content are specially adapted to the age group of teenagers. Through varied forms of learning and a high proportion of speaking, our teachers motivate all students to actively participate in the lessons.

The summer courses in Cologne are offered as a complete package including accommodation, full board, daily leisure activities and excursions.

Intensive Course 30

30 lessons/week
2 or 4 or 6 weeks · incl. accommodation and board
1.470 €/week

Tuition: Monday – Friday

All starting dates 2024:

Juli 14, Juli 28, Juni 30

Starting dates for total beginners 2024:

Juni 30

All starting dates 2025:

Starting dates for total beginners 2025:


What is included?

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

What is my level of German? With our online placement test, you can determine your German level before the course. However, the online test does not replace the on-site placement test.

Good to know

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:

Badminton, Basketball, Billiards, Board games, Football, Bicycle tours, Karaoke, Slackline, Museums, Party room, Swimming, City tours, Table football, Table tennis, Volleyball


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:

Weekly schedule

Our sample schedule provides an overview of the daily structure at the Humboldt-Institut in Cologne. The mentioned activities and excursions are examples and every week will be different. Please click here to download the sample schedule for Cologne.

Participation in the leisure program and excursions is compulsory for the students.


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.

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.

c/o Jugendherberge Köln-Deutz
Siegesstraße 5
50679 Köln

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 of EUR 45 from or to Cologne/Bonn Airport (CGN).

An additional fee of EUR 40 applies for students who are booked as unaccompanied minor (UM) on their departure flight.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Cologne!

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