German Language Programs Abroad

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Experience one of the best German language immersion programs with Languages Abroad's Live and Learn program in Basel, Switzerland! Learn one of Switzerland's three national languages (French and Italian are the other two) as it borders both France and Germany! The city is full of nationals from both countries as well as many others so you'll never be short of finding someone new to talk to...

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The language school is located in Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany. Students learn from highly-qualified staff in a friendly atmosphere which produces the perfect learning environment. The school also has well-equipped classrooms and a multimedia learning centre. Accommodations can be in an apartment with living room and kitchenette or with a German family that can range from families with ch...

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Would you like to have the summer of your life? Meeting people from all over the world and experience unforgettable moments together – and all that in the city with the highest quality of living in the entire world? Then a Holiday Course at our school this summer is just what you need. Learn German abroad, travel Austria and dive into new cultures and adventures. Book your language course packa...

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AmeriSpan's German for Professionals program is ideal for anyone who needs to acquire a high command of the German language in a specialized field. This may include advertising, public relations, diplomatic relations, and meeting or test preparation. Munich is the economic center of southern Germany. It has the strongest economy of any German city, as well as the lowest unemployment rate. It...

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Greenheart Travel’s teen summer language camp in Berlin offers a school where you will not only learn from the best teachers, but also practice and hang out with new friends in a fun and relaxed environment. German Courses: - 15 morning classes a week (3 classes per day for 50 minutes each) - Classes are taught by native German teachers who specialize in teaching German as a foreign lan...

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The GLS Campus Berlin is a green oasis in the very center of Berlin - and the only language school in Germany with a 14000 square meter campus, including accommodation on site. The facilities on campus are second to none in Europe: 60 classrooms, 50 student apartments, 70 hotel rooms, a restaurant serving German food and a cafeteria. The most spectacular building on campus is a Berlin landmark ...

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The Freie Universitat Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS) is an intensive, academic program through which students can earn credits that may be counted towards their degrees at their home institutions. FUBiS sessions run for 3 to 6 weeks and take place both in summer and winter. Emphasis is placed on the Humanities / Social Sciences and German language. It is FUBiS' missi...

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Share your English knowledge and become a teacher in Peru. Native speaker or not, your help is really needed here. With your English skills you can make an important contribution to the development of Peruvian students. Increase their future chances of a job and teach English in Peru. You will volunteer as an English teacher in Cusco. Help children with pronouncing words correctly. Be creati...

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Erleben Sie Deutschland! Students who have a desire to improve their German language and cultural knowledge yet only have a limited time to do so, are ideal for this short term study abroad program offered during the summer or January term. While housed in local apartments, students will be fully immersed in both language and culture through classes and city-wide activities. They will have an i...

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Become a Berliner by immersing in the culture, language, and lifestyle of Europe's coolest capital. The Berliner Beat is a month-long language holiday and cultural infusion, an opportunity to get to know a true European metropolis. The holiday gives participants the opportunity to meet other travellers, to either continue their journey through Europe with or simply hang out with during their ...

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Join us at Remarc Sunseafun Group and you will have the opportunity to experience unforgettable months around the Mediterranean coasts while working in this enjoyable and modern profession. You will get the chance to coach sports, to communicate in foreign languages, to improve your skills like acting, dancing, to make lots of new friends and to gain new experiences in the hotel animation! R...

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ActiLingua is a full service language school for German as a Foreign Language which specializes in total immersion programs offering a wide range of course options. The school not only provides excellent teaching methods and facilities but further strives to familiarize their students with Austria, both culturally and emotionally. Since opening in 1988, ActiLingua has gained a world-wide reputa...

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Study German Language and Culture in nine locations in Germany. The program offers flexible dates: weekly - monthly terms. It is open to all students and adults worldwide. Minimum age to qualify for the program is 16. This low-cost program lets you earn credit. It provides low cost housing options, including German host families. Cultural activities and excursions are included. Airport t...

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Take a German language course at ih Heidelberg, in Germany's first university city, and you will be sure to have an unforgettable study experience! ih Heidelberg - Collegium Palatinum has 58 years of experience instructing students from all over the world in German as a Foreign Language. The language school offers a wide range of long-term or short-term courses, at all levels, all year round,...

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From the festivals to the architecture, and everything in between, Frankfurt is a city of contrasts and variety. Spend a summer with the Teen Residence/Homestay Program in Frankfurt and learn firsthand about the German language and culture. The program takes place in the heart of the city, and is hosted by one of Germany's leading private language schools. The school owns and occupies the 5th f...

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German Language Programs Abroad

German has always been a language of power. Not only has it been the native language of some of the world’s strongest leaders, but it is also at the core a challenging language to master. But, did you know that German is also a language of romance, religion, and art? Throughout history, German has been the backbone of some of the world’s most beautiful things. No matter if you are seeking out the adventure of the mountainous countryside, the excitement of beer hall culture, or the elegance of its royals and riches, there is a German-speaking location filled with German study abroad programs just waiting for you!

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Despite popular belief, Germany is not the only place to learn German abroad! There are actually six different countries in Europe where German is an official language, and hundreds of unique locations within these countries that host German language programs. Regardless of the city they choose, students are guaranteed to become immersed in a rich culture and fall in love with the German language through any language program abroad.

As the obvious first choice for many German learners, Germany offers endless opportunities to study German abroad. From its hopping big cities, like Berlin and Munich, to its quieter educational hubs, such as Freiburg and Heidelberg, Germany offers university-based opportunities to study German abroad as well as private German language schools for every type of language learner. This booming country is home to world-renowned art, technology, and education centers; combined this with its warm and traditional culture and you have the reasons why Germany has become such a popular location for study abroad. International students in Germany will not only enjoy becoming immersed in a deeply-rooted and beautiful language, they’ll also fall in love with the German people, customs, and hardworking, yet welcoming, lifestyle.

For students looking to challenge themselves a bit more and step outside the traditional route by learning Austrian German, Austria is the place to be. Home to several mid-size cities, dotted with universities and German language schools, and surrounded by the natural beauty of the quiet countryside, Austria offers students a different type of German language learning experience, with smaller cities, less of an international population, and more access to cultural integration. Students will appreciate having the ability to really apply what they learn in the classroom with friendly locals on any street corner, in addition to immersing in Austrian culture through traditional festivals, celebrations, and customs.

While Switzerland is home to many languages and cultures, the German-speaking parts make up over 65 percent of the country. German is the only official language of 17 different Swiss cantons, so language students have their choice of bigger cities, such as Zurich, or more natural locations, like Winterthur. Located in the center of Europe, Switzerland is an ideal location for language learners who also want to become immersed in an international melting pot of Italians, French, and Germans.

German Language Programs

German is the native language of over 95 million people worldwide and it is the most widely spoken native language of the European Union, so there are an unlimited number of ways to learn German abroad. No matter your skill level, schedule, or financial situation, there is a German language program that will fit your needs.

University courses. The most popular way to learn German abroad is by enrolling in German courses at a university, because university students have the opportunity to take many different types of classes to create a well-rounded knowledge of the language. In addition to the regular grammar classes needed to learn German, students will also typically have access to music, art, and history classes taught in German, which will help them understand the cultural significance of many parts of the language as well as broaden their vocabulary. German professors expect a lot from students, so international students should be prepared to work hard; however, if you put the time in, you are sure to learn German quickly.

Private German language schools. Another fantastic way to learn German abroad is through attending a German language school. While a university might offer more in terms of course selection, a private German language school usually offers more individualized curriculum and a flexible schedule. Language schools offer intensive German language programs with grammar classes for six to seven hours per day as well as beginner classes with a more relaxed schedule, so regardless of your skill level and dedication, there will be course options for you.

Tips for Gaining German Fluency

There is no sugar-coating it: German is a difficult language to learn. However, since English is a Germanic language and much of the vocab and sentence structure is very similar, learning German is really a natural progression for English speakers. Becoming fluent in German is no overnight project, and students should be willing to dedicate a lot of time to really learn the nuances of the language. Anyone can memorize vocab flashcards, but really understanding how and when to use emphasis words, such as doch, or which adjective ending a word needs can take months of immersion. 

The best way to quickly learn German is to get involved in as much as possible. Much of the German language comes from its deeply-rooted customs, so participating in anything and everything will help you learn important vocab and phrases. Whether it be taking a few art classes, attending German operas, or knocking back a couple steins at a local festival, students will quickly obtain a very full knowledge of the German language. 

Your living situation will also affect your level of fluency. Homestays are without doubt the easiest way to become immersed in the language and culture, as you will not only be speaking and hearing more German, but students also have more opportunities to watch local TV shows, listen to German music, and participate in traditional activities. 

Benefits & Challenges

Fluency in an important language. Studying German abroad is the best way to gain fluency in one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Besides the obvious benefit of being able to communicate with more people, speaking German is a valuable skill in almost any career path. Whether it be the business, art, or the sciences, German is a fundamental language in the development of all of these fields, and understanding the language and culture can give you a serious leg up. 

Immersion. Most young people in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the other German-speaking countries also speak English. If you are studying German in a big city, it can be difficult to really immerse yourself into the German language and culture if everyone around you speaks English. To avoid this, select a location that has less of an international population or be firm to those around you that they can only speak German to you. You can’t learn a new language if you are surrounded by your native language!

Despite negative stereotyping, German is one of the most beautiful and traditional languages in the world, and the people who take the time to study German abroad will be recognized as hardworking and unique. Regardless of how you plan on using your German, the skills that you will obtain from studying German in a foreign country are skills that you cannot obtain by doing anything else. Choosing to study German abroad will not only insurmountably strengthen your communication skills, but also your understanding of world history, politics, art, and science. 

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