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Alpadia Zurich

Learn German in Zurich and live an international experience

Zurich is widely regarded as one of the most liveable cities in the world. As the economic capital of Switzerland, Zurich has also emerged as one of Europe’s coolest destinations. The large and lively metropolis has an artsy edge, with a thriving nightlife and entertainment scene. In the summer, the city hosts its annual Street Parade, the most attended techno party in the world and the indisputable highlight of Zurich’s event calendar.
Our school is ideally located 15 minutes from the lake shore, 20 minutes from the city centre and 40 minutes from the airport.
We provide German classes and accommodation all in one building for maximum convenience.

  • Modern classrooms
  • Student lounge
  • Cafeteria
  • Free WiFi
  • Terrace & Garden
  • Central location

Zurich Youth Hostel, Alpadia Campus
8038 Zurich
CH– Switzerland


Alpadia Zurich proposes various 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 Zurich, 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.

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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 Zurich. The minimum duration for A1* absolute beginners is two weeks.
*Specific start dates for absolute beginners > A1.

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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.

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Private lessons

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.

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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.

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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!

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Swiss German lessons

5 lessons per week (add-on)

Want to learn or progress in Swiss German? You have the opportunity to discover this language spoken by two-thirds of the Swiss people.

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A versatile place with the right offer for every student

Your course and accommodation are all in one building at the famous Zurich Youth Hostel, with a restaurant on-site offering a range of meals, a 24-hour reception, sunny courtyard, bright rooms, TV room and more.


We organise a variety of activities to help you fully immerse yourself in the Swiss culture, the German language, and the country surrounding you. With its vibrant nightlife, fascinating history, culture and food, Zurich offers a wide range of options for you to enjoy during your course.

Zurich City Sightseeing Tour

Explore the Old Town and check out the Lindenhof, a tombstone from the year 180 AD. Visit St. Peter Church, the oldest church in Zurich with the largest tower clock face in Zurich, and the “Schipfe”, that was a place of transhipment for important goods in medieval times. Take the 187 steps to the top of the Grossmünster Karlsturm for a spectacular view, or take a stroll around Lake Zurich and browse its market stalls. Refuel with some great food at the world-famous Confiserie Sprüngli at the Paradeplatz for Gipfeli (muesli and croissants), then grab a night cap at one of Zurich’s most iconic bars, the Widder Bar.

02/12 - 31/12/2021
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Language Immersion

Immerse yourself in a German film and learn new vocabulary or practice your language skills over a game of table tennis with your classmates.

01/01 - 31/12/2021
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If you love art and culture, you'll enjoy the Kunsthaus, the Pavillon Le Corbusier and the Swiss National Museum, which examines the history of Switzerland from its earliest human evidence to the present day. If you're looking for something a little more niche, head to the Beyer Clock and Watch Museum or the Zurich Tram Museum.

01/01 - 31/12/2021
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Cooking Class

Practice your German while learning how to cook typical Swiss dishes like raclette, fondue and more.

01/01 - 31/12/2021
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E-Bike Tour

Hop on your bike and explore parts of Zurich that are off the normal tourist routes. Whizz through urban Zurich and pass beautiful views along Lake Zurich, or choose an art and architecture route to see more of the city's culture.

01/01 - 31/12/2021
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Trip to the Swiss Alps

Take a trip to the Swiss Alps with its high peaks, sheer valleys and cool lakes. Enjoy invigorating hikes in the summer or skiing and snowboarding down the slopes in the winter.

01/01 - 31/12/2021
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Work & study programmes

Zurich is not only a fantastic destination to discover the german language, but also offers students lots of opportunities for work placements within different industry sectors: from hospitality to the arts, from sales to social work as well as volunteering possibilities. With an international vibe, 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.

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