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Reviews of Carl Duisberg Centrum, Cologne, Germany

Total number of reviews: 34
NOTE: All reviews are authentic. Only students who booked their course through us can publish evaluations here, and only after the end of their programme. These evaluations then are not manipulated in any way, neither by us nor by the school, and can be trusted as honest opinions about personal experiences with the school.

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Carl Duisberg Centrum, Cologne, Germany
4.3/5.0 
(34 reviews)
City 4.6/5.0 
Organisation 4.3/5.0 
Facilities 4.0/5.0 
Social activities 3.7/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.5/5.0 
Value for money 4.0/5.0 
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Homestay 4.4/5.0 
Shared Flat 4.2/5.0 
other 4.4/5.0 
Individual Reviews
26. Jul. 2017
1.(54 years) - Switzerland
1.Course: One-to-one Training-1 week

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5. Jun. 2017
2. - Zambia
2.Course: German Intensive Course 24+6-12 weeks

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The timings are flexible
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The Centre should assess the students before starting their lessons. For example I was put in an A1.2 class instead of A1.1 but I had no knowledge of the language and it was a frustrating one month. The other 4 students could already speak the language and I couldn't and the teacher was not helpful to me because she always thought I was not coping. How could I cope when I didn't learn the basics? I did not enjoy the first month until I was taken to the A1.1 class.
10. Jan. 2017
3.(27 years) - Spain
3.Course: Intensive course-2 weeks

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I liked the teachers and the laid-back approach to teaching.
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Try and get an accommodation nearer to the city.
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Very nice atmosphere
5. Jan. 2017
4.Irina(33 years) - Russian Federation
4.Course: German Intensive Course 24+6-1 week

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23. Nov. 2016
5.(16 years) - 
5.Course: Intensive Course 24+6-1 week

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There had already been and I always had a great time
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There are very good teachers and you get to know people from around the world
7. Mar. 2016
6.(52 years) - 
6.Course: Intensive Plus-1 week

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Shared Apartment
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Very dynamic classes.
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Do long courses, 1 or 2 weeks is not enough.
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There are a few Spaniards in winter.
29. Feb. 2016
7.Gordana(46 years) - Croatia
7.Course: Intensive Plus-2 weeks

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16. Mar. 2015
8.Andrei(15 years) - 
8.Course: Examination Preparation for the TELC Certificates B1, B2 and C1-2 weeks

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5. Aug. 2014
9.(28 years) - 
9.Course: Intensive Plus-2 weeks

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free time activities use media library
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Very good location and helpful staff
19. Mar. 2014
10.(28 years) - 
10.Course: Intensive Plus-5 weeks

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With interest and desire, you can make much progress in a short time, especially if you already have some basic knowledge of the language.
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There are few social activities available if you go on on autumn-winter. On the other hand, it is less expensive and crowded.
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Is possible to eat at the school but most days the quality and quantity compared to the price could be improved.

 

Response from school
Muchas gracias por tu comentario, Carlos! We are always happy to receive your feedback, so that we can improve our weak points for the future. When did you do the course? We used to have a canteen but now the school is running a snack service from Monday to Friday during the break. There is also a dispenser for coffee and for cold beverages. Moreover, there are numerous coffee and snack bars in the direct vicinity (very cheap!).We are also expanding and improving our leisure program.You are always welcome :)
3. Mar. 2014
11.(26 years) - Croatia
11.Course: Intensive Plus-2 weeks

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Everything was great

 

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Thank you very much for your comment. We are glad you liked the course! You are always welcome :)
8. Jul. 2013
12.(40 years) - Germany
12.Course: Intensive Plus-1 week

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Practice the language.

 

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Thank you very much for your evaluation!
18. Apr. 2012
13.(19 years) - Netherlands
13.Course: Crash - 5-1 week

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Thank you for your evaluation, Edwin!
23. Nov. 2011
14.(27 years) - Netherlands
14.Course: Crash - 10-2 weeks

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The international students and the great atmosphere.
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The different social activities. I participated from day 1 and there lots of fun and also very interesting.
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Very easy to reah by public transport. Get a week or month card (20 or 62 euro) for unlimited travelling in Koln.

 

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Thanks for your comment. We are happy you enjoyed the course!
12. Sep. 2011
15.(22 years) - 
15.Course: Intensive Plus-9 weeks

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The availability of teachers and staff, mediothèque and multiculturalism of the school.
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The beer garden of Stadtgarten, the Museum Ludwig and visit Bonn!

 

Response from school
Thank you for your rating, Héloise! We ensure an excellent mix of nationalities to make sure that our students practice German :)
6. Sep. 2011
16.(22 years) - Russian Federation
16.Course: Intensive Plus-2 weeks

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11. Jul. 2011
17.Melanie(26 years) - Spain
17.Course: Intensive Plus-4 weeks

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31. Dec. 2010
18.(27 years) - United States
18.Course: Intensive Plus-3 weeks

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the instructors and the students
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stay longer if possible
5. Sep. 2009
19.(30 years) - Australia
19.Course: Intensive Plus-4 weeks

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The small class size, the teaching quality and the general atmosphere of the school are fantastic
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The cultural/sport/social activities run by CDC are well worth attending, Its a great way of making new friends while learning what Köln has to offer.
9. Jul. 2009
20.Catherine (35 years) - United Kingdom
20.Course: Intensive Plus-4 weeks

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22. Oct. 2008
21.(21 years) - Poland
21.Course: Intensive Course-2 weeks

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The canteen could have been better.
28. Jun. 2008
22.(26 years) - Ireland
22.Course: Crash - 5-1 week

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The teaching staff and their methods of teaching were excellent.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Try to avoid "tourist traps" and find out where German people themselves go for a richer and more enjoyable cultural experience.
12. Mar. 2008
23.(27 years) - 
23.Course: Intensive Plus-4 weeks

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1.staff,2.facilities,3.text.
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bring a grammer book with you, since the text has a tendency not to teach grammer detailedly.
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There is a medieval castle which stands across the building of CDC.
15. Nov. 2007
24.(29 years) - 
24.Course: Intensive Course/ Low Season-3 weeks

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The organization and the teachers
3. Oct. 2007
25.(31 years) - 
25.Course: Intensive Course/ Low Season-2 weeks

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The friendly, helpful staff
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The international Party is a must!!!
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It's a great school and my German is way better than before! I recommend this school to everybody! I made new friends for life!
10. Sep. 2007
26.(19 years) - 
26.Course: Crash Course - 5/ High Season-2 weeks

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Different cultures
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To make progress, taking private lessons
10. Sep. 2007
27.(55 years) - Brazil
27.Course: Intensive Course/ High Season-4 weeks

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Friendly people.
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To participate in all activities out of the class.
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Good location
8. Aug. 2007
28.(20 years) - Netherlands
28.Course: Intensive Course/ High Season-4 weeks

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Good balance of education and fun
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Buy a bicycle! Makes going around the city way easier
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Although the price is in my opinion a bit steep, the school is organised well and good care is taken of the students. Had a very good time
2. Aug. 2006
29.(20 years) - 
29.Course: Intensive Course/ High Season-3 weeks

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Do all the homework!
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I enjoyed it a lot! Thank you!
28. Jun. 2006
30.(23 years) - Germany
30.Course: Intensive Plus/ Low Season-2 weeks

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I thought that the course was centred on those doing the test to get into university and wasn't particularly relevant for other language learners
8. Feb. 2006
31.Lucas - The Netherlands
31.Course: Intensive Plus/ Low Season-2 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
32.Vasupree - 
32.Course: Intensive Plus/ Low Season-4 weeks

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1. Sep. 2005
33.(23 years) - France
33.Course: General Course

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Everyone is given the opportunity to actually understand and practise the language.
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the internet access in the school
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excellent center, good information at the reception desk, students' progress followed in a very personal, interactive way, enthusiastic, motivating teaching
20. Dec. 2004
34.(26 years) - Usa
34.Course: General Course

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they were helpful in getting student forms for public transportation

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