Die Sprachschule in Konstanz von außen

Learn German at Lake Constance

Constance is a lively university town of 82,000 people and is located on the banks of Lake Constance (Bodensee). The city has a very attractive historic downtown area with medieval buildings. The many students make for a relaxed atmosphere in the city. Its wonderful location on the lake and the proximity to the Alps and neighboring Switzerland make Constance a course location that offers a wide range of recreational opportunities.

Thanks to the University of Constance, which is one of only 11 Germany Excellence Universities, the city has fantastic infrastructure for international students and offers a wide range of cultural events, such as concerts, theater and film festivals, as well as many bars, cafés, clubs, and restaurants.

This wonderful mix of history, nature, and young people makes Constance a great place to live and study.

Constance can be reached quickly and easily from Zurich Airport.

The language school for German in Constance

Our language school in Constance offers both short and long-term German immersion programs. The institute is open all year round and intensive German courses are available for all language levels from A1 to C2.

The course center in Constance is located in a modern, nicely furnished building, which offers all the conveniences of a guest house. All the classrooms are bright and large with up-to-date, high-quality equipment. Several common rooms provide space for learning outside of class or simply for relaxing with other students from all over the world.

Accommodation on campus is available in single and twin rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.

All German courses in Constance have a relaxed atmosphere. This is largely to the school’s convenient size and location, a mere 15-minute walk from Lake Constance and the University of Constance. The city center is also only a few minutes away by bus, but can also be reached by foot from the lake through a very beautiful park.

The Humboldt-Institut in Constance is also a licensed test center for the TestDaF and telc exams.


Age group



Course types

Intensive courses


German levels

Beginners to advanced learners


Class size



Accommodation types

In residence


Course dates

Open year-round


Our course students are housed in the same building in which the classes take place. Living on-campus offers many advantages: a short walk to class, ideal learning conditions and a family atmosphere.

Single and twin rooms

Students stay in single or twin rooms, all equipped with an en-suite bathroom. All rooms were renovated in 2022 and are modern and comfortably furnished. Each room has a TV and WiFi access. All rooms are also suitable for allergy sufferers.

When choosing students to share a twin room, we pay attention that the roommates speak different native languages. This way, we encourage them to speak and practice German with each other outside the classroom.

Full board

We serve three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in the school’s dining room. Our kitchen staff offers a varied and healthy diet and cooks all meals fresh every day. A fruit basket is available throughout the day.


Bed linen and towels will be provided and changed regularly. For your personal laundry, there is a coin washing machine and dryer available.

It’s been everything I hoped it would be. That the staff really pushes us to speak German is great. I think I spoke more German yesterday than I have ever done in my life.
Cecilia, age 32

German Courses & Prices

Intensive courses

In Constance, the Humboldt-Institut offers intensive German courses with 30 lessons per week and one-to-one courses with 25, 30, or 40 lessons per week. The German classes in Constance are offered for all language levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2.

Students at the Humboldt-Institut learn in small classes, which consist of an average of 10 students and are taught by experienced teachers. This allows students to quickly improve their German language skills.

All intensive courses are also available as a full package including accommodation, full board, and after-class activities. This immersive concept is what makes the German courses of the Humboldt-Institut so unique and allows students to “dive” into the German language and culture. To improve your German, there’s no better way than a German language immersion program.

Further information on all courses can be found on the overview page German courses for adults.

Intensive course 30

30 lessons/week
2+ weeks · incl. accommodation and full board
1.130 €/week (2+ weeks) and 940 €/week (10+ weeks)

Tuition: Monday – Friday

All starting dates 2024:

April 21, April 28, April 7, August 11, August 18, August 25, August 4, Dezember 1, Dezember 8, Februar 11, Februar 18, Januar 14, Januar 28, Januar 7, Juli 14, Juli 21, Juli 28, Juli 7, Juni 16, Juni 2, Juni 23, Juni 30, Juni 9, Mai 12, Mai 19, Mai 26, März 17, März 24, März 3, März 31, November 17, November 24, November 3, Oktober 13, Oktober 20, Oktober 27, September 15, September 29, September 8

Starting dates for total beginners 2024:

April 21, August 4, Februar 11, Januar 7, Juli 7, Juni 30, Mai 26, März 17, November 17, Oktober 13, September 8

All starting dates 2025:

Februar 16, Februar 9, Januar 12, Januar 26, Januar 5, März 16, März 2, März 23

Starting dates for total beginners 2025:

Februar 9, Januar 5, März 16

All prices plus 50 EUR/week seasonal surcharge from June 9 to August 17, 2024 (applies only for courses shorter than 10 weeks)

Intensive course 30

30 lessons/week
2+ weeks
385 €/week (2+ weeks) and 345 €/week (10+ weeks)

Tuition: Monday – Friday

All starting dates 2024:

April 1, April 22, April 29, April 8, August 12, August 19, August 26, August 5, Dezember 2, Dezember 9, Februar 12, Februar 19, Januar 15, Januar 29, Januar 8, Juli 1, Juli 15, Juli 22, Juli 29, Juli 8, Juni 10, Juni 17, Juni 24, Juni 3, Mai 13, Mai 20, Mai 27, März 18, März 25, März 4, November 18, November 25, November 4, Oktober 14, Oktober 21, Oktober 28, September 16, September 30, September 9

Starting dates for total beginners 2024:

April 22, August 5, Februar 12, Januar 8, Juli 1, Juli 8, Mai 27, März 18, November 18, Oktober 14, September 9

All starting dates 2025:

Februar 10, Februar 17, Januar 13, Januar 27, Januar 6, März 17, März 24, März 3

Starting dates for total beginners 2025:

Februar 10, Januar 6, März 17

One-to-one intensive course 25

25 lessons/week
· incl. accommodation and full board
2.290 €/week

Tuition: Monday – Friday

All starting dates 2024:

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All starting dates 2025:

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One-to-one intensive course 30

30 lessons/week
· incl. accommodation and full board
2.595 €/week

Tuition: Monday – Friday

All starting dates 2024:

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All starting dates 2025:

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One-to-one intensive course 40

40 lessons/week
1 week min. · incl. accommodation and full board
3.250 €/week

Tuition: Monday – Friday

All starting dates 2024:

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All starting dates 2025:

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Combination course Berlin-Constance

30 lessons/week
10+ weeks · incl. accommodation and full board
940 €/week (10+ weeks)

Tuition: Monday – Friday

All starting dates 2024:

April 21, April 28, April 7, August 11, August 18, August 25, August 4, Dezember 1, Dezember 8, Februar 11, Februar 18, Januar 14, Januar 28, Januar 7, Juli 14, Juli 21, Juli 28, Juli 7, Juni 16, Juni 2, Juni 23, Juni 30, Juni 9, Mai 12, Mai 19, Mai 26, März 17, März 24, März 3, März 31, November 17, November 24, November 3, Oktober 13, Oktober 20, Oktober 27, September 15, September 29, September 8

All starting dates 2025:

Februar 16, Februar 9, Januar 12, Januar 26, Januar 5, März 16, März 2, März 23

* Course over Christmas

What is included?
All German courses with accommodation include all lessons, course materials, accommodation, full board, daily activity program, weekly excursions (except entrance fees) and a certificate.

All courses without accommodation include all lessons, course materials, and a certificate.

What is my level of German? You are welcome to have your German language level tested at our institute before your course starts. Please call to make an appointment for the test. Alternatively, you can test your German skills by taking our online placement test. Please note: the online test is only a rough guideline; it does not replace the placement test in the school.

Learners with previous German knowledge may begin a course on a weekly basis upon previous agreement and depending on the placement test results.

Grman exams in Constance

In addition to the courses, telc exams from B1 to C1 as well as TestDaF are also offered at the Humboldt-Institut in Constance. This allows students to prove their German language skills with recognized exams.

German Course Exam
B1 German course prepares for telc Deutsch B1
B2 German course prepares for telc Deutsch B2
C1 German course prepares for TestDaF or telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule

More information about the different German exams in Constance can be found in the exam overview.

Good to know

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.

Mainaustraße 172
78464 Konstanz

Arriving by your own car?

The Humboldt-Institut is located north of the city center and has its own parking lot (free of charge).

Railway station

The Constance train station is 10 minutes by car or bus from the course center.

Airport transfer

If students wish to be picked up from the airport, we can arrange an airport transfer service for a fee from and to the airports Friedrichshafen and Zurich:

one-way round-trip
Zurich (ZRH) 90 € 180 €
Friedrichshafen (FDH) 70 € 140 €


Leisure time

The city of Constance offers a variety of cultural events, shopping opportunities and sports facilities. We take our students at the beginning of their course on a guided city walk to learn about the different options available to them.

Our staff organizes and accompanies the daily leisure activities. German is always spoken during activities and excursions. This enables our students to use the language practically, which makes a decisive contribution to their learning success.

In addition, our staff is happy to help students with useful information and suggestions to help them plan their own free time. If our students have any special preferences — if, for example, they plan to see a particular festival, or to take part in the activities of a particular sports club — they are welcome to ask for our assistance.

Leisure time activities

With our digital leisure program, students are always informed about current leisure activities. These are some possible leisure activities in Constance:

Badminton, Basketball, Bicycle tour, Billiards/Bowling, Football, Barbecue, City walks, Climbing, Cinema/Night clubs, Concerts, Hiking, Horseback riding, Museum, Poetry slams, Rowing, Swimming (in the lake), Tennis, Volleyball, Waterski, Windsurfing

Entrance fees are not included in the course fee.

Moreover, students at the Humboldt-Institut are entitled to participate in sporting activities organized by the University of Constance. During their term, they can choose from about 30 different types of sports. For our course students, the same conditions apply as for the students of the University of Constance.


Every Saturday, we offer full-day excursions to cities and places of interest that are included in the course fee (except for entrance fees). Possible destinations are:

Bildungsurlaub + German courses in Constance

Bildungsurlaub (educational leave) is a special form of vacation that serves vocational or political education. The German courses of the Humboldt-Institut in Constance and Berlin are recognized as an educational offer in Baden-Württemberg, Berlin and Brandenburg.

Please contact us if you would like to book a German course as part of your Bildungsurlaub. You will receive all necessary documents from us for submission to your employer.


Mix of nationalities

Every year we welcome students from many different countries and from all continents. This balanced mix ensures an international atmosphere in our house in Constance. Last year the distribution was as follows:










there were participants from 73 nations in our courses.

Age groups

International students of all ages take part in our German courses in Constance. They learn together, from one another, and take advantage of the wide range of leisure and cultural activities on offer.

Ages Percentage
ages 18-24 50%
ages 25-34 20%
ages 35-44 14%
ages 45-60 13%
ages 61+ 3%

Constance and Berlin: two cities – one course

With the combination of courses in Berlin and Constance our learners have the opportunity to experience two uniquely distinct regions of Germany within a short amount of time.

Berlin city walk

On the one hand Germany’s capital Berlin, with more than 3.5 million inhabitants is the largest and most vibrant city in the country with a large variety of sights and cultural offers. Constance, on the other hand, is an unhurried and laid-back city of 85,000 inhabitants and is rated as having the highest quality of life in Germany due to its gorgeous location on the shores of Lake Constance and its proximity to Switzerland and the Alps.

Intercity bus transfers between the cities (Constance–Berlin or Berlin–Constance) is included in the course fee when booking two consecutive courses of a minimum of five weeks in each of the two cities.

Weekly schedule

For more detailed information about the German lessons in the morning and afternoon, the leisure activities and excursions, we have put together an exemplary schedule for a week at the Humboldt-Institut in Constance.

Click on the following link to download the weekly schedule for Constance.

News and reports

Donard Geci
Donard Geci
I recently spent two weeks as a visiting staff member at the University of Konstanz and had the pleasure of staying at... the Humboldt Institute. From the moment I arrived, I was impressed by the reasonable prices and the warm hospitality of the staff.The accommodation provided by the Humboldt Institute was not only affordable but also exceptionally comfortable, providing the perfect environment for focused work. The proximity to the university made it incredibly convenient, allowing me to maximize my time on campus.What truly set this experience apart, however, was the outstanding service provided by the staff. Their professionalism, friendliness, and willingness to assist with any request made my stay truly memorable. Whether it was recommending local attractions or ensuring I had everything I needed for my work, the staff went above and beyond to ensure my comfort and satisfaction.Overall, my time at the Humboldt Institute was nothing short of excellent. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the University of Konstanz, whether for work or leisure. Thank you to the Humboldt Institute for a wonderful stay—I look forward to returning in the future!read more
Great facilities and great teachers. An ideal way to learn German.
Diana Timofte
Diana Timofte
Amazing teachers and staff. Highly recommended
Camille Psaila
Camille Psaila
Very good German lesson from Jans
The place is tidy and conducive for resting and studies. Surely recommend this place.
Lovely!This is a review for the adult courses at the Humboldt-Institut Konstanz. I was there for two weeks. I had a... great experience there and I have nothing bad to say.The classes were great. German was thought through the principal of immersion without the use of English. My teacher was great. He was attentive to each of us to make sure we were following the class and getting what we wanted out of it. I only came for a holiday and a chance to speak German all day, but there were others studying for tests and to climb the Niveaus. The class suited everybody.There were opportunities to speak German after class with the recreational activities. Every evening and weekend there was something to do. Pub nights, indoor rock climbing, macramé, yoga, a bob sledding rail, outings to places of cultural interest and natural beauty in Germany and Switzerland. All the activities were hosted by supervisors, all German speakers who were excellent at making everyone feel included. I’m grateful to them that I had fun every day.The food was almost too good. There were three big tasty meals per day and unfortunately the desserts were excellent! The chefs were both professional and friendly. At the time I was there, four people had four different special diets and this was no problem.The rooms were very nice. I got my own room - on suite. It was cleaned regularly. I feel like I was barely in my room except to sleep and to get ready for the day. Only after someone mentioned it, did I notice I had my own television. Unobservant as I am, I noticed the rooms were great.I’m writing this in the airport on the way home. I miss Humboldt already. Maybe I’ll come back, but I’m not sure if it will be the same. The friends that I made will all have moved on. Maybe if we come back together sometime…read more
Humboldt è un buon istituto per imparare il tedesco, lo consiglio. I docenti e gli accompagnatori sono sempre gentili e... pronti ad aiutare.read more
Jennifer Scheer
Jennifer Scheer
My son, Van, went here a while back. While complete immersion can be tough, it was well worth it in the end. He grew... quite fond of this place and made quite a few friends. The instructors he had were quite worth it! His German was beautiful for the level he reached. He was able to take what he learned and continue on to the Studienkolleg in Konstanz. Passed the test in the upper 15%.read more
Die Sprachschule, in der man perfektes Deutsch lernen kann.Super nette Lehrer/in und gut organizierter Unterricht.
Yitao Duan
Yitao Duan
Verena Domoñi
Verena Domoñi
Pascal Bolivar
Pascal Bolivar
The Humboldt-Institute offers German language learners the chance to learn German from first-rate instructors in a... marvelous atmosphere. Not far from Lake Constance (der Bodensee), the Humboldt-Institute is in a perfect spot. Lots of great shopping can be found in Konstanz, Deutschland via a short bus ride. The school is walking distance from a small grocery store (Penny-Markt) and it is close to the main bus stop on Mainaustraße. On site meals are provided to students and one can reside on location in their dorms for convenience sake. Wireless internet services are also provided.If you want to send your children to a safe place where learning is encouraged and so they can experience German culture, the Humboldt-Institute in Konstanz is a great choice.read more
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