Humboldt-Institut e.V.

Introduction

Class Size

Our classes usually consist of 5-10 course participants. With such a small size we want to make sure that individual attention is given to every single person. As we focus very much on the communicative approach of the language, while not neglecting grammar, we ensure to make every student talk and participate vividly by limiting the number of participants per group.

Humboldt-Institut e.V.

Language Levels

We offer up to 6 different language levels, from total beginners to very advanced, or, according to the European Framework of Reference, levels A1-C2.

Schedule

During an intensive course, our adults have 5 lessons of 45 minutes each morning, starting at 8.30 a.m. and running until 1:00 p.m., including two breaks. On Monday afternoon, there will be one lesson from 2.15 p.m. until 3.00 p.m.. On Tuesdays and Thursdays there will be two lessons from 2.15 p.m. until 3.45 p.m..

Tests

All course participants take a weekly exam which covers all the course content taught the preceding week, so that students and teachers alike can assess the progress made in the German language. At the end of a level, there will be an additional „level exam“, which needs to be passed with a minimum of 75% to be able to advance to the following language level.

Homework

Our adults are also expected to do some homework every day, yet they will still have plenty of time for extracurricular activities.

Residential schools

In our residential schools students stay on the same campus where they have their lessons, which has, of course, many advantages for our course participants: they have all meals together, spend the afternoons, evenings and weekends together and hence it is very easy for them to make a lot of new friends from different countries in a short time.

Practice German all day long

Our staff will try to create a feeling of being one big international family at the Humboldt-Institut, where all students are integrated, and where German is the only language spoken. Having a chance to practice the target language all day long, even outside of the classroom, will speed up the learning process incredibly, and increase the motivation of the students.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Polish

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Programs

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Courses

Business German - Berlin

Campus Full time 4 weeks Open Enrollment Germany Berlin Region

Possessing intercultural competence and job-related foreign language skills is a clear advantage in the globalized job market. This course is aimed at (prospective) students and employees in business and administration who [+]

Business German Berlin Possessing intercultural competence and job-related foreign language skills is a clear advantage in the globalized job market. This course is aimed at (prospective) students and employees in business and administration who are already proficient in German (level B2 or higher). The program covers basic business activities such as telephone calls with clients, business correspondence, presentations and negotiations, and also addresses the fundamentals of corporate organizational and management principles. Classroom work is complemented by excursions that offer a practical glimpse at everyday professions life in German companies.At the University of Applied Sciences: 25 lessons per weekApprox. 5 - 10 students per class Required level of German: B2 Date August 3 - August 30, 2014 (4 weeks) Fee 2014 € 1.520,- (4 weeks, included are: lessons, books, accommodation, leisure program and weekly excursions (except for entrance fees), a monthly ticket for public transportation in Berlin, course certificate) On the cutting edge If you think of Germany, immediately Berlin comes to your mind! In the German capital sights and monuments abound and a stroll through the center of Berlin is like a journey through German history: Memorial Church, Potsdam Square, Victory Column, the Parliament, Alexander Square, Berlin Cathedral, Humboldt University: On either side, east and west, of the Brandenburg Gate visitors of this cultural metropolis automatically get immersed into Germany’s largest and liveliest city. Berlin with its multi-cultural, trendy and beautiful districts (e. g. Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg, Koepenick) is diverse and colorful – and the participants of our German courses are right in the middle of it and make the city even more international and attractive!  A perfect place to learn the German language Berlin is probably the most cosmopolitan and international of all German cities, and it is certainly a perfect place for our young course participants from all over the world to not only learn the language here, but also find out more about German history, politics and culture, while at the same time enjoying all the many great opportunities this amazing city has to offer: music events, movie theaters, museums, sightseeing, shopping, sports, bars, beer gardens and discos.... [-]


German Intensive Course - Berlin

Campus Full time 2 - 50 weeks Germany

Not only is Berlin Germany’s largest city with over 3 million residents, it is also its liveliest. With its numerous universities, colleges, and research institutes, Berlin is the country’s most important economic, cultural, and [+]

Intensive course - Berlin Not only is Berlin Germany’s largest city with over 3 million residents, it is also its liveliest. With its numerous universities, colleges, and research institutes, Berlin is the country’s most important economic, cultural, and educational center. Each year, key film festivals, concerts, and theater premiers are held in the city, which is also home to such world-famous landmarks as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and the illustrious shopping district along the Kurfuerstendamm. Berlin's restored splendor Since the reunification of Germany, the new and old capital of Germany has been restored to outshine even its former splendor - no small achievement considering that until the outbreak of World War II the city's splendor was world famous and unsurpassed in Europe. A perfect place to learn the German language Berlin is probably the most cosmopolitan and international of all German cities, and it is certainly a perfect place for our young course participants from all over the world to not only learn the language here, but also find out more about German history, politics and culture, while at the same time enjoying all the many great opportunities this amazing city has to offer: music events, movie theaters, museums, sightseeing, shopping, sports, bars, beer gardens and discos. Intensive course From 610.00 EUR / week Minimum age: 18 Students Max per class: 10 Number of lessons: 30 (45 min. each) per week School days : Monday to Friday Levels: A1 (elementary 1) to C2 (advanced 2) Start date(s): 2 Jun 2014, 9 Jun 2014, 16 Jun 2014, 23 Jun 2014, 30 Jun 2014 Boarding school with single and twin rooms The course participants are accommodated on campus in single and twin rooms, all with shower and WC. 3 main meals are provided and a fruit basket is available during the day. E Exciting Berlin Berlin is such an exciting city with such an amazing range of options on how to spend the free afternoons and evenings, that it is practically impossible to feel bored there. Historic sights in Berlin On the one hand, there are all the important sights that one should visit to get a glimpse of the important role that Berlin has always played in Germany's history: Brandenburg Gate, once the symbol of the separation, and now the symbol of reunification of the two Germanies; the Reichstag, the German Parliament with the new glass dome, a perfect blend of historical and modern architecture; the remnants of the Berlin Wall, the many memorials (like the new Holocaust Memorial), the various palaces, or the brand new government buildings like the “Kanzleramt”, to name a few. Museums and more On the other hand, there are world-renowned museums like the ones on the Museum Island, the Pergamon Museum, the Old Museum, the German Historical Museum, the Bauhaus, the Collection of Egyptian Art. Apart from the many concerts, theaters, cultural events, movie theaters, bars, beer gardens and discos, you can also play all types of sports, or stroll down the Kurfürstendamm, one of Berlin's busiest shopping streets, or take a boat trip on the river Spree and the Havel lakes or simply go on an outing to Wannsee and Grunewald, oases of tranquility ideal for those quiet afternoons in the sun. Leisure time activities Apart from offering an interesting leisure program to our course participants (which is included in the course fee, except for admission charges), we are also happy to help them organize their own activities. Full-day excursions Every Saturday, we offer our course participants full-day excursions to interesting cities or sights, which are included in the course fee, except for entrance fees. Possible destinations are: Dresden The famous capital of Saxonia in the East of Germany is famous for its world renowned “Zwinger Palace” and the city’s eclectic opera house “Semperoper”, as well as the recently restored “Frauenkirche”, which had been destroyed in World War II and had been kept in ruins as a war-memorial. Potsdam Another possible destination for our weekend excursions is Potsdam, called one of the most beautiful cities of Germany, and famous for Sanssouci Palace and Parks, the former summer residence of the Prussian King Frederick the Great, nowadays the greatest World Heritage Site of the country. Wannsee lakes
 A favorite trip is the one to the linked pair of lakes called Wannsee: Both lakes are located on the river Havel and are separated only by the Wannsee bridge. They are the number-one bathing and recreation spot for Berlin, and the Strandbad Wannsee, an open-air lido features one of the longest inland beaches in Europe. Stralsund The former city of the Hanseatic League is situated at the southern coast of the Strelasund (a sound of the Baltic Sea separating the island of Rügen from the mainland). The Brick Gothic historic centre of this beautiful medieval city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. [-]

German Intensive Course - Constance

Campus Full time 2 - 50 weeks Open Enrollment Germany Konstanz

Constance is a lively university town of 82,000 people and is located right on the banks of Lake Constance (Bodensee), often playfully referred to as the “Swabian Sea.” The city has a very attractive historic downtown area, [+]

Intensive Course - Constance Constance is a lively university town of 82,000 people and is located right on the banks of Lake Constance (Bodensee), often playfully referred to as the “Swabian Sea.” The city has a very attractive historic downtown area, where buildings from the Middle Ages stand alongside Renaissance houses and Baroque palaces; they bear witness to the prosperity of this venerable trading town. Thanks to its proximity to the Swiss border Constance was spared from destruction in World War II. Wide range of cultural events The brilliant setting of the town on the shores of the lake and in the foothills of the Alps makes Constance a very attractive program site and facilitates a great variety of leisure opportunities. Due to the modern University, which is one of only 10 Elite Universities of Germany, the city has a fantastic infrastructure for international students and offers a wide range of cultural events, e.g., music, theater and film festivals, jazz performances and literature meetings, as well as a large number of bars, cafés, clubs and restaurants. Intensive course From 610.00 EUR / week Minimum age: 18 Students Max per class: 10 Number of lessons: 30 (45 min. each) per week School days : Monday to Friday Levels: A1 (elementary 1) to C2 (advanced 2) Start date(s): 3 Feb 2014, 10 Feb 2014, 24 Feb 2014, 3 Mar 2014, 17 Mar 2014 Accommodation and classrooms in the same building The residence is in the same building as the classrooms and is run like a university dormitory, where students are given a key to the building and can come and go as they wish. Single and twin rooms Students stay in friendly single or twin rooms, each equipped with bathroom and shower. Students who bring their own laptop have free Internet access from their room. A TV room and a laundry room are at students' disposal. All meals are taken in the school's dining room and are served buffet style. A fruit basket is available throughout the day. Full-time staff organizing leisure activities We have a full-time staff person in charge of organizing leisure activities for our students and who also makes an effort to help them organize their own free time by giving them useful information and suggestions. If our students have any special preferences or wishes – if, for example, they plan to see a particular festival, or to take part in the activities of a particular sports club – they are welcome to ask for our assistance. Sporting activities at the University Moreover, students at the Humboldt-Institut are entitled to participate in sporting activities organized by the University. The same conditions apply here as for students and employees of the University of Constance. During term time there are about 30 different types of sports for you to choose from. Cultural events in Constance The city of Constance also offers a great variety of cultural events (music, theater, film, and art), shopping opportunities and sports facilities. Full-day excursions Every Saturday, our staff organizes and accompanies full-day excursions, which are included in the package course fee (entrance fees not included). We try to offer our students a great variety of trips to interesting cities like: Stuttgart The so-called “cradle of the automobile”, where the Mercedes-Benz was invented and where Porsche and Maybach now have plants as well Freiburg A very idyllic university town in the Black Forest with a very charming, historic downtown Interesting destinations The local attractions and towns around Lake Constance (Ueberlingen, Friedrichshafen, Meersburg, the Island of Mainau, Schaffhausen/Rhine Falls) are also favourite destinations, and even to nearby Switzerland (Zurich, Basel, St. Gallen, Saentis), which is now part of the EU’s passport-free travel zone and no longer requires a special visa. [-]

Preparatory Year

TestDaF preparatory course - Berlin

Campus Full time Open Enrollment Germany Berlin Region

Not only is Berlin Germany’s largest city with over 3 million residents, it is also its liveliest. With its numerous universities, colleges, and research institutes, Berlin is the country’s most important economic, cultural, and [+]

TestDaF preparatory course - Berlin Not only is Berlin Germany’s largest city with over 3 million residents, it is also its liveliest. With its numerous universities, colleges, and research institutes, Berlin is the country’s most important economic, cultural, and educational center. Each year, key film festivals, concerts, and theater premiers are held in the city, which is also home to such world-famous landmarks as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and the illustrious shopping district along the Kurfuerstendamm. Berlin's restored splendor since the reunification of Germany, the new and old capital of Germany has been restored to outshine even its former splendor - no small achievement considering that until the outbreak of World War II the city's splendor was world famous and unsurpassed in Europe. A perfect place to learn the German language Berlin is probably the most cosmopolitan and international of all German cities, and it is certainly a perfect place for our young course participants from all over the world to not only learn the language here, but also find out more about German history, politics and culture, while at the same time enjoying all the many great opportunities this amazing city has to offer: music events, movie theaters, museums, sightseeing, shopping, sports, bars, beer gardens and discos. TestDaF preparatory course... [-]


TestDaF preparatory course - Constance

Campus Full time Open Enrollment Germany Konstanz

Constance is a lively university town of 82,000 people and is located right on the banks of Lake Constance (Bodensee), often playfully referred to as the “Swabian Sea.” The city has a very attractive historic downtown area [+]

TestDaF preparatory course – Constance Constance is a lively university town of 82,000 people and is located right on the banks of Lake Constance (Bodensee), often playfully referred to as the “Swabian Sea.” The city has a very attractive historic downtown area, where buildings from the Middle Ages stand alongside Renaissance houses and Baroque palaces; they bear witness to the prosperity of this venerable trading town. Thanks to its proximity to the Swiss border Constance was spared from destruction in World War II. Wide range of cultural events The brilliant setting of the town on the shores of the lake and in the foothills of the Alps makes Constance a very attractive program site and facilitates a great variety of leisure opportunities. Due to the modern University, which is one of only 10 Elite Universities of Germany, the city has a fantastic infrastructure for international students and offers a wide range of cultural events, e.g., music, theater and film festivals, jazz performances and literature meetings, as well as a large number of bars, cafés, clubs and restaurants. Excellent school premises Our course center in Constance is located in a modern building which offers all the conveniences of a residential school and is decorated in a very friendly, unique way. All the classrooms are bright and large, their equipment is up-to-date, functional and of high quality. Nearby university and city center The location of the school is ideal, as it is within a 5-10 minute walking distance from Lake Constance and the University. The city center is only a few minutes away by bus and can be reached from the school on foot by walking from the lake through a very beautiful park. TestDaF preparatory course... [-]