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Live an enriching and fulfilling experience of a lifetime!

Enjoy the experience of learning a new language abroad and expand your perspective, both personally and professionally.

Take the opportunity to discover new places, master a foreign language, make lifelong friends and learn about other cultures. Be fascinated by incredible new prospects, different foods and distinct cultural points of view. Being completely immersed in a foreign country is a great way to experience and understand the local people, their culture and traditions. There is no better way to learn a new language than to dive right in!

Studying abroad also offers you the chance to discover yourself in a new environment and different social context, with the opportunity to try out activities for the first time. Gain insight and a deeper understanding of different cultures, so that you can broaden your perspective. Whatever your motivation, you'll be in for an adventure where education and entertainment go hand in hand with personal and professional development.

Why choose us?

Encouraging language development through immersion

With over 20 years of experience, Alpadia has successfully developed a mix of innovative learning methods by using interactive tools combined with cultural immersion that gives you guaranteed results. With a dedicated and quality support service devoted to excellence, our students are made to feel at home from day one.

  • We deliver Swiss-quality teaching using effective and interactive methods
  • Our adult language schools are ideally located in top European destinations
  • We welcome students from all over the world
  • Our schools propose a generous range of language courses
  • We are accredited and certified by internationally recognised institutions
  • Our schools offer quality accommodation options at all destinations

Learn French or German

As recognised specialists in the teaching of French and German, Alpadia offers fantastic destinations in Europe to learn these foreign languages.

Our year-round schools in Montreux, Lyon, Berlin and Freiburg provide an impressive range of high-quality courses for an international clientele. Complemented by an optional programme of cultural and sportive activities, we provide the opportunity to meet new people and to practise the learned language outside the classroom. Upon completion of the course, our students receive an Alpadia certificate attesting to the language level obtained. They also have to option to prepare and pass one of the official exams that we propose directly at our schools or at locations close-by.

Our schools are categorised by their size; small (S: 40-100 students), medium (M: 90-200 students) and large (L: over 200 students). This allows you to get an idea of how many new people you are likely to meet! Remember that regardless of our schools' capacity, all language classes are limited to a maximum of 12 (14 in Berlin) students to ensure the best quality teaching.

Language courses adapted to your needs

We offer various language course types so that you can find the one that best suits your specific requirements. In order to guarantee the best teaching quality, our group classes are limited to a maximum of 12 participants. Please find below details on the courses available during your Alpadia language study stay. 

For a comprehensive overview of all course types and certification options, please click here.

Intensive 25

25 lessons per week

The Intensive 25 course differs form the Standard 20 course in that it offers a more in-depth study of the language thanks to five additional lessons per week dedicated to oral communication. You’ll be then able to practice and improve your communication skills through role-plays and simulation exercises. The minimum duration for A1* absolute beginners is two weeks. *Specific start dates for absolute beginners > A1.

Intensive 25
  • Levels

    Beginner to advanced A1* > C1

  • Duration

    1 to 48 weeks

  • Lessons

    25 per week
    Standard 20 + 5 oral communication

  • Start dates

    Every Monday, all year round*

Standard 20

20 lessons per week

An excellent choice if you want to improve your general linguistic communication skills and still have free time. Classes usually take place in the morning, so that you can make the most of your time off in the afternoon and take part in the organised activities, perfect for exercising your new language skills! The minimum duration for A1* absolute beginners is two weeks. *Specific start dates for absolute beginners > A1.

Standard 20
  • Levels

    Beginner to advanced A1* > C1

  • Duration

    1 to 48 weeks

  • Lessons

    20 per week

  • Start dates

    Every Monday, all year round*

30+ Standard 20

20 lessons per week

Dive into a stimulating learning experience at the 30+ Alpadia Berlin course. Specially designed for students over 30 years old, this is the ideal opportunity to learn German through a real language immersion while interacting with other students from around the world. Learn, travel and enjoy local activities with the Alpadia 30+ experience.

30+ Standard 20
  • Levels

    Elementary to Intermediate A2 > B2

  • Duration

    1 to 8 weeks

  • Lessons

    20 per week

  • Start dates

    26.06 / 03.07 / 10.07 / 17.07 / 24.07 / 31.07 / 07.08 / 14.08.2017

Exam Prep 30

30 lessons per week

Ideal for students wishing to intensively prepare for a French or German language exam. With two daily preparation lessons, in addition to the Standard 20, to study the specific content of the chosen exam, the class size is limited to six participants to guarantee the best results.

Exam Prep 30
  • Levels

    Intermediate to advanced B1 > C1
    see Certificates

  • Duration

    4 weeks

  • Lessons

    30 per week
    Standard 20 + 10 exam preparation in mini-group

  • Start dates

    According to exam date

Premium 30

30 lessons per week

Suitable for motivated students wishing to make rapid progress. The sixth daily lesson added to the Intensive 25 course is focused on writing skills organised in a mini-group with a maximum of 6 participants. This is a quick and effective option to improve your oral and written communication skills. The minimum duration for A1* absolute beginners is two weeks. *Specific start dates for absolute beginners > A1.

Premium 30
  • Levels

    Beginner to advanced A1* > C1

  • Duration

    1 to 48 weeks

  • Lessons

    30 per week
    Intensive 25 + 5 written communication in mini-group

  • Start dates

    Every Monday, all year round*

Combi 5 & 10 courses

25 or 30 lessons per week

Designed for students who wish to combine a group course with private lessons to acquire a deeper knowledge of the language. Additional one-to-one tuition mixed with group classes allows you to make the most of the course and ensures maximum progress. The minimum duration for A1* absolute beginners is two weeks. *Specific start dates for absolute beginners > A1.

Combi 5 & 10 courses
  • Levels

    Combi 5: Beginner to advanced A1* > C1
    Combi 10: Beginner to advanced A1* > C1

  • Duration

    1 to 48 weeks

  • Lessons

    25 or 30 per week
    Standard 20 + 5 or + 10 private

  • Start dates

    Every Monday, all year round*

Private

Intensity and duration based on your needs

Tailor-made to meet your individual objectives. With your private teacher, you will work specifically on the skills you wish to develop and progress according to your needs, at your own pace. Specific topics covered include culture, business, finance and healthcare, preparing you for situations you may encounter in your field of activity.

Private
  • Levels

    Beginner to advanced A1 > C1

  • Duration

    Tailor-made

  • Lessons

    Intensity according to set objectives

  • Start dates

    Throughout the year
    except in July and August

Quality accommodation

Choosing the right accommodation is key to the success of a language study stay. This is why we are meticulous in our selection of accommodation options for our students.  Whether you want to experience 100% language immersion with a host family or in a shared apartment, international life in a student apartment, complete independence in a studio or at a hotel, you will find quality accommodation to suit your needs.

For a comprehensive overview of all accommodation options, please click here.

Host family

Montreux / Lyon / Berlin / Freiburg

By living with a host family, your stay will take on another dimension. Learning the language becomes natural during meals or outings. Staying with a host family is a great way to learn about local culture, experience daily life with your hosts and learn everyday expressions and colloquialisms. We have excellent relationships with our host families and all of them meet our requirements in terms of quality.

Student apartment

Montreux / Lyon / Berlin / Freiburg

The student apartments are located in the town centre, close to our schools and various shopping areas, cafés and restaurants and they are well served by public transport. This option is particularly suitable for students wishing to enjoy greater freedom while having contact with other students. The apartments offer comfortable double and single bedrooms and facilities include a TV, a fully-furnished kitchen, a washing machine and wireless internet access.

Residence

Lyon / Berlin / Freiburg

Our carefully selected residences are located in the city centre, within 30 minutes of the schools and are well served by public transport. In Freiburg, every single bedroom is fitted with a private bathroom equipped with a shower, a bed, a wardrobe and space to study. On each floor, students have the use of a shared fully-equipped kitchen. In Berlin, one apartment consists of two single and one double room equipped with a bed, a wardrobe, desk space and TV – the bathroom and kitchen are shared. Each residence provides our students with in-house laundry facilities, space to study and free WiFi. In Lyon, single studios are available with a table, a wardrobe and equipped with a small kitchen and private bathroom. Each residence provides our students with in-house laundry facilities, space to study and free WiFi. 

 

Self-catering homestay

Berlin

This very popular accommodation allows more independent students to live in immersion with German people while enjoying some autonomy, as this is a self-catering option. Staying in a comfortable single bedroom, you will share the bathroom and communal areas with your flatmates and have access to the kitchen to prepare your meals. In Berlin, you will also take advantage of a wide range of international restaurants that offer great value for money.

Studio

Montreux

Our centrally located studios include a fully-equipped kitchen, a bathroom, a TV and an internet connection. They represent an ideal accommodation option for couples and students looking for independence, tranquillity and a higher level of comfort.

Hotel and Bed & Breakfast

Montreux / Lyon / Berlin / Freiburg

We have selected different types of hotels for you, from the most basic to the most luxurious. These establishments are located in and around the city centre. If you are interested in this accommodation option, please contact us for more information.

Course without accommodation

Montreux / Lyon / Berlin / Freiburg

If you wish to arrange accommodation yourself, you can attend the classes and take part in the activities like the other students. In this case, you will only need to pay for the language course and any activities you take part in.

Leisure

Get the most out of your free time!

Alpadia proposes a generous range of leisure activities at each destination to guarantee successful immersion and enjoyment of your leisure time. From a selection of sports and music festivals in the Swiss Riviera, to soaking up the history and culture of Berlin or wine tasting and partying in Lyon, to enjoying the countless activities in the dynamic university city of Freiburg, you'll find plenty of choice! 

Montreux Jazz Festival

One of the world's most famous and long-standing music festivals, the Montreux Jazz Festival takes places each summer on the shores of Lake Geneva. Every year promises an exciting and diverse line-up of international artists, from reggae to rap, from jazz to pop-rock.
Photo © Montreux Jazz Lab / 2013 FFJM_Marc Ducrest

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Montreux Jazz Festival

Berlinale

In its 67th year and welcoming over 300’000 visitors, this internationally renowned film festival presents both long and short-format films and documentaries from the world over. Discover a wealth of cinematic gems and spot some of the biggest names in cinema at Berlinale, one of the most important film festivals of the year!

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Berlinale

Festival Lumière

Named after the Lumière brothers, who invented cinematography back in 1895, the annual Lumière Film Festival plays tribute to cinema by looking back at its history through retrospectives and restored prints. With a generous programme of screenings, film premieres and master classes, the one-week festival should not be missed.

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Festival Lumière

Schauinsland Classic

Witness some beautiful classic oldtimer cars in this annual cruise around the town of Freiburg to the summit of Schauinsland, the mountain nearby.

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Schauinsland Classic

University Pathway

Discover our unique programmes in Switzerland, Germany and France.

With our university pathway programme we take language education to a higher level and truly expand students' professional development in a foreign country. This progamme is the ideal formula for students who want to pursue their academic study in Germany, France or Switzerland. Combining the benefits of Intensive 25 and Exam Prep 30, this language course allows students to prepare to university regardless of their chosen field. 

In both the academics and the arts, we have partnerships with some of the leading universities in Europe. Alpadia benefits from a large network of educational institutions, both public and private, with whom we have partnered to offer a unique undergraduate university placement programme.  We are the only group of schools to propose this programme in France (French speaking), Germany (German speaking) and Switzerland (French and English speaking). 

Whatever your career goals, if you have the relevant academic qualifications, Alpadia can ensure your placement with one of their higher education partners, supplying individual counselling and personalised assistance along the way.

Click here to find out more!

Work Internship

Exercise your language skills in a professional environment.

This programme will allow you to put into practice and to thoroughly implement the language skills acquired through your language course with us. Being integrated into a company where you have to speak a foreign language daily in diverse situations, with colleagues and clients your level will improve dramatically! This is the opportunity to discover the work environment of another country and to enrich your CV by validating your knowledge of German or French.

Click here to find out more!

Special offers

Check out our latest offers for our adult language courses in Europe. 

Special offers
- 10% low season at selected adults schools More information
10% discount on tuition at Alpadia Montreux More information
Come with a friend and pay no enrolment fees! More information
€150 discount at Alpadia Berlin More information

Visa information

For students travelling from outside the European Union and who do not have a European passport, please make sure a valid visa for entry into Germany/Switzerland/France is acquired. Click on the link below to see our dedicated student visa page.

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