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Learn German at Alpadia Berlin

In the Schöneberg district, a stone’s throw from the main attractions of the capital, our language school offers students a unique opportunity to attend German classes in one of the most beautiful areas of the city.

Many cafés, bars and restaurants can be found along the lively streets of this central district, easily reachable by public transport. From the metro station or the bus stop, you will be two minutes away from the spacious and welcoming premises of our course centre.

Along with its large and bright classrooms, equipped with first-class learning facilities, the school has a conference room, an internet café as well as a spacious lounge, where students can meet up during the breaks and buy refreshments.

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Courses

Alpadia Berlin proposes an attractive variety of German language courses to help you improve your skills and expand your professional development. Whether you need to prepare for an official exam or want to advance at a more leisurely pace to enjoy your free time in Berlin, we can offer classes that fulfil your needs. Our course structure is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and all our placement tests are given before you arrive at the school, so you start learning German from the very first morning! 

Intensive 25

25 lessons per week

Using various dynamic teaching methods, this course offers an intensive and in-depth study of the German language with five additional weekly lessons dedicated to oral communication. 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*

  • Max. # students

    14

Standard 20

20 lessons per week

This German course offers a solid learning experience while allowing you plenty of free time to exercise your language skills during the school's extra-curricular activities around Berlin. 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*

  • Max. # students

    14

30+ Standard 20

20 lessons per week

Offering students over 30 years old a stimulating learning experience, this specific Alpadia Berlin German course is the ideal opportunity to refresh your grammar, improve your reading and comprehension skills or simply enjoy an international experience interacting with other students from around the world. Teachers focus on preparing students for real-life situations, helping them overcome linguistic challenges relevant to both their personal and professional development. You’ll also have plenty of free time to exercise your language skills while touring around Berlin, and every week there will be an exciting event organised for the group.

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

  • Max. # students

    14

Premium 30

30 lessons per week

Best suited to students who seek rapid progress of their German, this course option provides you an intensive approach with a specific focus on writing 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*

  • Max. # students

    14 / 6

Private

Intensity and duration based on your needs

This personal one-to-one learning experience allows you to intensively advance on the core German language skills that you wish to develop and improve.

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

  • Max. # students

    1

Combi 5 & 10 courses

25 or 30 lessons per week

This ultimate combination course is designed to help you acquire a deeper understanding of oral and written German, blending the benefits of both private and group classes. 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*

  • Max. # students

    14 / 1

Exam Prep 30

30 lessons per week

Designed for students preparing for the German TELC, TestDaF or Goethe exam, this preparatory course provides you with an extensive and specific learning experience to ensure examinations are mastered!

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

  • Max. # students

    14 / 6

Accommodation

Experience unique Berliner-style living!

Alpadia Berlin offers numerous accommodation possibilities; from host families to shared apartments; from student residences to luxury hotels, all of which are located within thirty minutes travel distance to the school

Host Family

Our vast network of local families allows us to offer you an enriching experience immersed in the German culture and language. Located close to our course centre, you can choose from either a half-board or breakfast-only meal option. Single or double rooms are available with a shared kitchen and bathroom.

Hotel and Bed & Breakfast

From the most basic to the most luxurious options, we have contacts with local hotels and B&Bs close to the school for those students who seek accommodation outside our standard selection.

Residence

With in-house laundry facilities and a shared kitchen and bathroom, our residence is located in Berlin Mitte, five minutes walking distance to the famous Brandenburg Tor. The central location provides you with a fantastic base from which to discover the city and its numerous cultural attractions nearby.

Self-catering homestay

Unique to Alpadia Berlin, this type of accommodation mixes our students with other locals in shared apartments, encouraging the ultimate language immersion experience! Sleeping in a single room, this option is self-catering, with access to a shared kitchen, bathroom and communal lounge area.

Student apartment

Ideally located in the vicinity of the city's main attractions, our carefully selected student apartments are close to public transport and offer the opportunity of greater independence without the solitude! Single or double rooms are available along with a shared kitchen and communal bathroom with washing machine.

Leisure

Experience the diversity, history, culture and creativity of Berlin

During your German language study stay at Alpadia Berlin, get carried away by the hustle and bustle of this vibrant capital. Alpadia offers a wide range of weekly activities and excursions in order to discover this multifaceted city. From museum visits, exhibitions, guided city tours, Biergarten evenings, open-air cinema viewings at the Kreuzberg or Stammtisch in Schöneberg, to exploring the “country” side of Berlin and enjoying excursions to Dresden and its Zwinger, or Potsdam and its Sanssouci Castle.

Tanztage Berlin

Since 1996, with the support of the city, this international dance festival has established itself as an important platform for young and upcoming dancers in Berlin. Open to dancers based in Berlin, this yearly festival offers a framework for them to showcase their new and existing productions.

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Tanztage Berlin

Transmediale

This unique transdisciplinary platform seeks to create a transitory space for artistic, academic, activist and everyday expression. The festival engages in reflective, aesthetic and speculative positions in between art, technology and culture. With a variety of workshops, talks, performances, music and screenings, this unique cultural event should not be missed!

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Transmediale

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

MaerzMusik

Explore the eclectic collection of music presented at this festival under the theme of time and the digital age. Together with conferences and concerts, this event proposes a unique collection of performances underpinned by a socio-political, philosophical and artistic dimension.

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MaerzMusik

Improfestival

One of the biggest and most important festivals in Europe, this international festival for improvisational theatre and music has delighted its public since 2001. Dealing with different themes every year, the performers explore these topics using spontaneity and the process of collective storytelling.

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Improfestival

Berlin Half Marathon

This yearly event has been running since before the reunification of Germany and brings together both young and adult participants. Having begun during the Cold War and continued after the Berlin wall came down, this marathon welcomes over 20'000 runners from over 60 countries each year!

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Berlin Half Marathon

International Games Week

An event of mini-events, this week long festival connects industry professionals, media and gamers in Berlin to bring together business, technology and culture. With workshops, conferences, screenings and plenty of games, this event is recommended for any avid gamer!

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International Games Week

Myfest

Since 1988, this intense one-day local festival brings together international and national musicians and artists as well as offering a platform for dialogue on cultural and political issues through conferences and workshops.

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Myfest

Karneval der Kulturen

Discover this 4-day urban street festival that takes place in the heart of Berlin, celebrating the diversity of local culture. With over 100 bands and DJs, 200 performers and street artists, there is also a street parade that turns the city into a massive party.

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Karneval der Kulturen

Fête de la Musique

Celebrated all over the globe as Worldwide Music Day, the Fête de la Musique in Berlin plays tribute to both local and international artists. Since 1995, this free event gathers a wealth of musicians, bands, orchestras, choirs, soloists and DJs who perform around the city. 

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Fête de la Musique

Bergmannstraßenfest

Enjoy this jazz music street festival in the trendy district of Kreuzberg. A hub of creativity and multicultural exchange, this weekend event provides entertainment for the whole family, featuring plenty of culinary delights from all over the world.

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Bergmannstraßenfest

Classic Open Air on Gendarmenmarkt

Discover an open-air classical music festival on Berlin's fascinating square, the historic Gendarmenmarkt. Boasting a programme of world-renowned musicians, this long weekend offers spectators a rich journey through various musical genres and epochs.

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Classic Open Air on Gendarmenmarkt

Christopher Street Day

This celebration of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender culture has taken place since 1979 in Berlin. Taking its name from the New York’s Christopher Street, where the Stonewall Riots took place, this event attracts over a million visitors and is both a celebration and a demonstration against discrimination and for the rights of the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community.

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Christopher Street Day

International Berlin Beer Festival

Around for almost 20 years, this world-renowned free beer festival attracts around 800’000 visitors from all over the world. For the beer lover, this is a unique experience to taste beers from over 300 breweries, from over 80 countries, with over 2’000 varieties of beer, both local and international.

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International Berlin Beer Festival

Tanz im August

For lovers of dance, this international dance festival is not to be missed! With a wealth of performances over two weeks, some of the biggest names in dance are present to perform astounding choreography from the world over. 

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Tanz im August

Young Euro Classic

Experience a classical music festival that presents the best symphonic youth orchestras from around the world. Founded in 2000, this festival offers a platform for youth orchestras to perform and also generally promotes classical music in Berlin.

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Young Euro Classic

The Long Night of Museums

Discover and explore a wealth of culture and history at night! Once a year, from 6pm to 2am, over 100 museums, collections, archives, memorials and exhibition houses welcome visitors who can enjoy late night tours in a unique atmosphere. 

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The Long Night of Museums

IFA

For those who enjoy exploring innovative consumer electronics and discovering the latest trends, make sure not to miss the Consumer Electronics Unlimited trade show. Showcasing global innovations in electronics and home appliances for a digital world, this exhibition highlights extraordinary products and revolutionary technologies.

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IFA

Berlin Marathon

Running, literally, for over 40 years, this annual, BMW-sponsored marathon weekend is open to all ages. With over 40’000 participants and one million spectators, this city-wide race brings professional athletes and amateurs together over the 42 km course.

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Berlin Marathon

Festival of Lights

Discover and be delighted by the magical and marvellous experience of Berlin during the Festival of Lights. For over 10 years, every October, the city is transformed and illuminated with spectacular displays of light art and creative installations.

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Festival of Lights

New Year’s Eve

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the biggest party in Berlin, at the Brandenburg Gate. Boasting around one million visitors, there are over two kilometres of stages, party tents, light and laser shows, food stalls and drink stands, not to mention a whole host of activities to keep you entertained until the impressive firework display at midnight.

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New Year’s Eve

University Pathway

Learning German in Berlin is an experience most students never forget. Offering a low cost of living, a rich social life, an abundance of culture and history along with an alternative artistic scene, Berlin is a quality destination for learning German and preparing for entry into a higher education programme. 

Our German university partners (both public and private) offer Bachelors in Engineering, Computer Science, Business, Social Science, Healthcare and Music.

Here is our preferred partner in Germany:

Application requirements for Germany

Language level: Programme prior TestDaf exam and Studienkolleg entry
Beginner: 10 months / A2 elementary: 8 months / B1 Pre-intermediate: 6 months

Direct access to university

  • High school diploma equivalent to the German Abitur
  • Intensive 25 course + Exam PREP 30 in the last month
  • TestDaf C1 or TELC Hochschule C1 is required for entering University
  • TestDaF/TELC exam session in April and university starts in October (for some, possibility to start in March/April)

Indirect access via Studienkolleg 

  • If your high school diploma is not equivalent to the German Abitur, you need to attend a one-year foundation programme called Studienkolleg
  • B2 level is the minimum required
  • Intensive 25 course + preparation Studienkolleg in the last month
  • Studienkolleg deadlines: September (entry exam May/June) or February (entry exam in December/January)

Work internship

Berlin is not only a fantastic destination to discover the German language and culture, but also offers students lots of opportunities for work placements within different industry sectors: from hospitality to the arts, from sales to social work. With affordable living prices, efficient transport links and a great social life, students can truly benefit from the dynamic city environment where there are always plenty of different places to explore and new people to meet.

  • Minimum 6 weeks of Standard 20 to begin work placement
  • Registration 4 weeks in advance
  • Internship max. 3 months
  • From age 18 only
  • Min. level B2 at the time of the internship
  • EUR 550 placement fee

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Course prices 2017

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Private course fees 2017

Price per week
1 - 4
EUR 45
5 - 9
EUR 43
10 +
EUR 40

Accommodation prices 2017

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General Information 2017

Elementary to advanced levels, A1 > C1:

Course starts every Monday

Start dates for absolute beginners, STANDARD course only, minimum 2 weeks booking:

09.01 / 06.02 / 06.03 / 03.04 / 02.05 / 06.06 / 03.07 / 17.07 / 07.08 / 04.09 / 02.10 / 06.11 / 04.12.2017

Bank holidays, lessons are not substituted (school closed):

26.12.2016 - 06.01.2017 / 14.04 / 17.04 / 01.05 / 25.05 / 05.06 / 03.10 / 31.10 / 25.12.2017 - 05.01.2018

Exam – Goethe Zertifikat

B2, C1: 26-27.01 / 27-28.02 / 30-31.03 / 27-28.04 / 26-27.05 / 22-23.06 / 27-28.07 / 23-24.08 / 21-22.09 / 18-19.10 / 16-17.11 / 18-19.12.2017

Exam – TELC Deutsch

B1, B2, C1: 02-03.02 / 23-24.02 / 30-31.03 / 27-28.04 / 26.05 (B1 & B2) 29.05 (C1) / 22-23.06 / 27-28.07 / 17-18.08 / 21-22.09 / 12-13.10 / 16-17.11 / 14-15.12.2017

Exam preparation course - Start Dates Goethe & Telc B1, B2, C1: 19.12.2016 (Goethe) / 09.01 (TELC) / 30.01 / 06.03 / 03.04 / 02.05 / 29.05 / 03.07 / 24.07 / 28.08 / 18.09 / 23.10 / 20.11.2017

Exam – TestDaf

14.02 / 26.04 / 14.06 / 19.07 / 20.09 / 16.11.2017

Included in the price

Tuition, learning material, assessment test, Alpadia certificate, activity programme, student card, accommodation placement and taxes.

Enrolment fee EUR 75

University Pathway 2017

Dates for direct access to university – with high-school diploma equivalent to the German "Abitur"

  • Latest TestDaF exam date for 2017 entry: 26.04.2017
  • University entry date: October 2017

Language level / course duration prior to TestDaF exam:
A1 beginner: 10 months / A2 elementary: 8 months / B1 Pre-intermediate: 6 months / B2 Intermediate: 4 months / C1 Pre-advanced: 2 months

Dates for indirect access via Studienkolleg – one-year preparatory programme

  • TELC exam date: 26/29.05.2017
  • Studienkolleg* deadline: July 2017
  • Entry test: July or August 2017 depends on the centre
  • Studienkolleg* start date: September 2017
    *requires proof of B2 level

Language level / course duration prior to TestDaF exam:
A1 beginner: 8 months / A2 elementary: 6 months / B1 Pre-intermediate: 4 months / B2 Intermediate: 2 months

Level Programme prior TestDaf exam* / Studienkolleg entry** EUR Price***
Beginner 10 months 6600
A2 Elementary 8 months 5440
B1 Pre-intermediate 6 months 4080

* Direct access: TestDaF/TELC exam session in April and university starts in October (for some fields possibility to start in March/April) 
** Studienkolleg deadlines: September (entry exam May/June) or February (entry exam in December/January)
*** Not including application process fee of 500 EUR, Invitation letter fee of 110 EUR and DHL Express shipping of 70 EUR

Special offers

Special offers
Come with a friend and pay no enrolment fees! More information

Come with a friend and pay no enrolment fees!

Enrol with a friend and we'll waive the enrolment fees of both participants. Even if you are both in different locations! This fantastic offer is valid all year and applies to all Alpadia Language School programmes.

€150 discount at Alpadia Berlin More information

€150 discount at Alpadia Berlin

Book a German language course at Alpadia Berlin for 12 weeks or more and receive a discount of €150 on course fees.

Visa information

Students who are non-European nationals will need to make sure that they have the necessary documents to enter and remain in Germany for the duration of their stay. Click on the link below to see our dedicated student visa page.

We are a team

Director's welcome

“Welcome to Alpadia Berlin! My name is Felix Breitkreuz and I have been running the school since 2011. 
For over 25 years, our school has been providing German courses – we receive approximately 3000 students from over 50 countries every year. The school is located in the western part of Berlin city entre, and surrounded by cafés, little shops and sights.”

Felix Breitkreuz, Berlin Centre Manager

Berlin Centre Manager

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