Intensive and Summer Courses
Here you will find all the important information about our intensive German courses for children and teenagers, which are offered all year round. Every summer, this offer is complemented by numerous summer courses in Germany and Austria.
What do I learn during the course?
In the intensive courses, all language skills (listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking and writing) are systematically trained.
In addition, attention is paid to the active mastery of grammar. The teachers follow an internal curriculum that is adapted to the needs of each age group.
Because the lessons are activity-oriented, the students often have the opportunity to apply and practice the material taught both orally and in writing. Varied social and learning forms such as partner work, role-playing or presentations help to loosen up the lessons and create a positive learning atmosphere in the classroom.
Through cooperative learning and working methods, students are activated and have an above-average amount of speaking time in class. Thus, they can transfer the lesson content into their own vocabulary through active use in class and improve their active German skills step by step.
Curriculum and books
The Humboldt-Institut’s curriculum is based on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). It is independent of textbooks and is based on decades of teaching experience.
This means that the teachers – depending on the respective level and topic – work with a combination of different textbooks and materials. The aim is to provide students with the best possible learning material and to close individual knowledge gaps on each level.
The Humboldt Institute provides all course materials and books needed for the lessons to its students free of charge.
Immersion in a family environment
A special feature of the German courses at the Humboldt-Institut is that only German is spoken in class and outside of class. Intermediate languages such as English are not used. Thus, students are immersed in the German language from the very beginning (immersion).
Students can use their newly acquired language skills at any time outside of class and thus improve them. The boarding school structure with regular daily routines and many activities on campus also contributes to the learning progress.
The daily practice and tangible progress simultaneously increase the students’ motivation.
Activities and excursions
Every day, following the lessons, an active and varied leisure program is offered. Our staff will encourage and motivate students to participate in the activities.
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.
In the Intensive Courses 25 and 30, classes are held from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 13:00. In the Intensive Course 30, there is one additional class on Monday afternoon at 14:15 and two additional classes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Safety & supervision
The educators and counselors answer questions, solve problems and are motivating, helpful and committed. In the course locations for children and teenagers, they ensure that the school rules are observed all day long. Reliable supervision of the minor students is guaranteed 24 hours a day.
Accommodation and meals
In all course locations we offer a complete package including accommodation, full board and leisure program. Our schools are organized like boarding schools, and the student rooms are usually located in the same building as the classrooms. This combination is very comfortable and offers short distances. In Lindenberg, our students can also stay with host families in July and August.
Transfers to one or more airports are provided for each course location. Transfers are carried out as shared transfers. The aim is to limit the individual waiting time of students to a maximum of one hour.
- 25 or 30 German lessons per week (depending on the age group)
- Small classes with 10-11 students on average
- Course material
- Accommodation with full board
- Daily activity and cultural program
- 24-hour supervision
- Humboldt certificate
How can I book a course?
You can easily book all our German courses online via our booking form or one of the green “Book” buttons. First select the desired course location, the course, the starting date and the duration of the course. Additionally, you can book optional services like airport transfers. You will receive a transparent price overview at any time during the booking process. After submitting the booking request, you will receive a confirmation from us within one business day.
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.