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GLS - German Language School
Berlin, Germany

Kastanienallee 82 - 10435 Berlin - see on map
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GLS - German Language School - Quiet streets

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Overall school rating of GLS - German Language School, Berlin
Ranked #1 of 30 German schools in Berlin
Location of the school

Rating: 4.9/5.0


Rating: 4.5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4.4/5.0


Rating: 4.7/5.0

Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4.3/5.0


Rating: 5.0/5.0

Shared Flat (apartment)

Rating: 5.0/5.0


Rating: 4.5/5.0

Overall school rating by student age group
Students < 18 years

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Students 18-30 years

Rating: 4.9/5.0

Students 31-49 years

Rating: 4.9/5.0

Students 50+ years

Rating: 4.2/5.0

What we like about the school
  • Best rated school in Berlin
  • Excellent rating of homestay accommodation (5.0/5.0)
  • Excellent rating of student apartments (5.0/5.0)
  • Top rated social activities (4.4/5.0)
  • On campus accommodation offered
  • On campus accommodation very close to school
  • Top rated school facilities (4.5/5.0)
  • Excellent nationality mix. No student nationality makes up more than 10% of students.
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Electronic whiteboards in all classrooms.
What we dislike about the school
  • Do not offer favorable cancellation terms in the case of a student getting a visa rejected.
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Location: GLS - German Language School Berlin is located in the culturally rich and historic city of Berlin, Germany. The school is housed in the Kollwitzliez area of Berlin. There are many cafés, eateries, shops and various attractions such as the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark, the Museum at the Kulturbrauerei, the Kulturbrauerei Museum and several green areas within walking distance of the school. The Anne Frank Center is within a 25-minute walk of the school's front doors.

Course selection: The school has an extensive list of courses for students of many ages, all levels and various necessities. In addition to General German taught over several schedules and intensities, GLS Berlin also provides Exam Preparation (TELC, GOETHE, TestDaF), Business German, High School programmes in private boarding or day school, Immersive Junior summer programmes, University Pathway programmes and Intensive German with an internship.

School facilities: The school has a large 16,000 square meter campus with a garden, 66 classrooms, 50 studio apartments, 72 hotel rooms, a restaurant and a cafeteria. In addition to this, there is a basketball court, garden, computer lab and an indoor swimming pool. All classrooms are equipped with electronic whiteboards, heating and ample natural light to create an optimal learning environment.

Getting around: The school is a 110m walk from the Schwedter St. tram stop, giving access to the city centre within 15-20 minutes.
  • The language school GLS - German Language School was founded in Berlin, Germany in 1983.
  • Legal name / parent company: GLS Sprachenenzentrum
  • Tax registration ID: DE135548259
  • Abbreviated name of school: GLS Berlin
  • The school is an official exam center
    The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

German Courses

General Language
Online Courses
Work & Study
Exam Preparation

Information for all courses offered by GLS - German Language School

Comments about courses

On public holidays, no classes will take place, but workshops that are free for every student to join will be held to make up for it.

Online courses start on the first Monday in the month.

In July and August, courses on fringe levels (i.e. absolute beginners and very advanced) may be moved to the afternoon if necessary (15:00 - 18:30). The recreational program is planned so that participants will not miss any activities.

EUR 100 fee for visa invitation documents.

Lesson duration
45 minutes
School's administrative fee
30.00 €
Course material
Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. Course material costs are approximately 20 € per month.
Days without class
In 2023 (including national and regional bank holidays):
08 Mar. 2023, 07 Apr. 2023, 10 Apr. 2023, 01 May 2023, 18 May 2023, 29 May 2023, 03 Oct. 2023, 25 Dec. 2023, 26 Dec. 2023.
In 2024 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan. 2024, 29 Mar. 2024, 01 Apr. 2024, 01 May 2024, 09 May 2024, 20 May 2024, 03 Jan. 2024, 25 Dec. 2024, 26 Dec. 2024.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Private classes are recuperated or refunded. Same as for nearly all language schools, group classes falling on bank holiday are not refunded and not recuperated.
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place before the start of the course via an online form.

Lessons needed per German language level

Level (CEFR) LESSONS needed per level WEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1 Beginner A1 to A2 100 5
A2 Elementary A2 to B1 200 10
B1 Intermediate B1 to B2 225 11.25
B2 Higher Intermediate B2 to C1 250 12.5
C1 Advanced C1 to C2 275 13.75
C2 Profiency
Data above gives some guidance. For more details consult our page How long does it take to learn a language or reach a specific level.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test before arrival
  • INCLUDED For junior courses: every afternoon free organized leisure program
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
Note: All courses offered by GLS - German Language School, Berlin can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net at a lower price than what you pay when booking directly at the school or at the school's website. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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  • Pool on campus
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  • City
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  • Entrance

GLS - German Language School (GLS)

“"GLS offers you premium quality in teaching and a deluxe learning environment. GLS has won "Star School Germany" award 5 times.”
Accreditations and Quality seals
ALTOEAQUALSFADAFIALCInternational House World Organisation
German teacher qualifications
100% hold a university degree
100% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Students should arrive at 8:30
Student gender mix
50% male / 50% female
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at GLS - German Language School and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoMaestro - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Restaurant

  • Computer lab

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Printer for student use

  • Basketball court

  • Table tennis

  • Indoor swimming pool

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Non-smoking (all indoor areas, but not all outdoor areas of school)

  • Smoking zones (outdoors)

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in some classrooms

    • Electronic whiteboard in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 60
    Number of public PC workstations: 15
    Free parking (<500m)

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Wheelchair access to reception

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer: 600
Throughout the year: 360
Junior courses - In summer: 70
Minimum age of students
18 years
12 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 7
Adult courses Throughout the year: 7
Junior courses In summer: 4
Average age of students
In summer: 19 years
Throughout the year: 24 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Berlin Schoenefeld Airport:
110 € one way
220 € return (both ways)
Berlin Tegel Airport:
110 € one way
220 € return (both ways)
Berlin Brandenburg Airport:
110 € one way
220 € return (both ways)
More information about airports around Berlin and how to get from the airport to Berlin on your own here on our Berlin page.

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 days.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
Express shipment fee (via courier)
100 €
Free shipment via regular mail

Leisure activities

activity possible
Field Hockey
Football (soccer)
Horse riding
Ice Hockey
Table Tennis

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

- lectures - seminars - film screenings - discussions

Adults - Paid activities

- city excursions - museum visits - trade fairs - guided city tours

Junior - Free activities

- swimming - sailing - canoeing - Berlin Wall and walk along River Spree

Junior - Paid activities

- Castle Neuschwanstein - Berlin Wall and walk along River Spree