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International Language School, Bern, Switzerland

Among the Top 20% most popular German schools in Switzerland in the last 12 months
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Rating: 5.0/5.0

What we like about the school

  • Small class sizes
  • Excellent rating of teaching quality
  • Top rated school facilities
  • Bern is one of the top destinations our students liked most

International Language School (ILS)

  • International Language School is found in Bern, the capital city of Switzerland. Students can take a leisurely stroll across the Kirchenfeldbrücke bridge and find themselves in the inner circle of the city in under 10 minutes. The centre of the city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it has hardly been altered since its original construction and here one can experience its wide walkways, its beautiful fountain and the great cathedral of Bern. Visitors can also visit the Zytglogge, the city’s clock tower, and the Einsteinhaus, where the theoretical physicist Albert Einstein lived with displays of his writings and pictures. There is a tram system running through the city and the tram stop Helvetiaplatz is just 2 minutes from International Language School, which is a well ...
    connected station with three lines available for students to navigate the wonders of the city. Around the school building itself there is plenty to see including The Bern History Museum / Einstein Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum and the Alpine Museum of Switzerland. The neighbourhood is abundant with restaurants, bars and shops and the school is on the main street making it easy to find all the essentials that you may need for your stay in the city. Switzerland is a multilingual country and this is reflected in the classes available at International Language School. The school offers an Intensive language course for 10 lessons per week which is available in German, French and English. This is a group course with a maximum of 6 students per class for good student teacher ratios and effective group activities. An Intensive course of 20 lessons per week in German allows students to learn the language at a faster pace with a combination of grammar and vocabulary exercises intertwined with practical group work to teach students how to insert the language into everyday life and keep the learning interesting. There is also a private lesson package of 10 lessons per week for those wanting to structure their class around their timetable and focus on their own personal development. International Language School understands that to learn a language it is important to experience the culture and they offer students daily afternoon and evening excursions to Zurich, Luzern, Geneva, Interlaken, Basel and trips into the surrounding mountains. Whilst there are various city trips to visit the local museums and attractions, the school also puts on sporting activities, games evenings, a group dinner and bowling to embellish the different interests that students may have. The school building has a communal lounge and computer room for those wanting to remain in the building after class to study the language in their own time in a learning environment.
  • The language school International Language School was founded in Bern, Switzerland in 2015.
  • Address: Thunstrasse 8, 3005 - Bern, Switzerland (see on map)
  • Legal name / parent company: ekay GmbH
  • Tax registration ID: CHE-228.433.401
  • Abbreviated name of school: ILS Bern
  • Covid-19 Status: School currently open

Covid-19 related security measures that are taken by International Language School

The safety and health of our fellow human beings has the highest priority at ILS, which is why we constantly keep ourselves informed about current information from the authorities and adapt our internal processes and regulations. We communicate with our clients and teachers on an ongoing basis the latest regulations of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) in order to comply with the highest hygiene standards.

The ILS does everything to offer its customers an unlimited service and to protect them within the scope of its possibilities. We have therefore introduced the following additional measures in connection with the new coronavirus:

- Increased cleaning and disinfection of general premises and sanitary facilities
- Informing our clients and teachers about the federal protective measures, such as hand hygiene, cough and cold hygiene
- Adjustment of the spatial conditions for compliance with the hygiene rules - Max. 4 students per classroom and min. 2 metres distance between the course participants
- Keeping distance during and outside of lessons
- Provision of disinfectant in the general premises of our schools and their sanitary facilities
- Sensitisation of office staff and teachers
- Installation of an additional teacher''s room
- Exclusion of persons who feel ill or are ill

Facilities

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Lounge

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in some classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

11

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes

Course material:

Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 50 CHF per course level.

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 12
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 12

Minimum age of students

  • 18 years
  • 16 years for specific Junior courses

German teacher qualifications

  • 80%% hold a university degree
  • 40%% hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

Days without class

In 2020 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2020, 10 Apr. 2020, 13 Apr. 2020, 21 May 2020, 01 Jun. 2020, 01 Aug. 2020, 25 Dec. 2020 - 26 Dec. 2020.

German Courses

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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 13 14 15 16
Price in CHF 290 276 570 542 840 798 1080 1026 1600 1520 2110 2005 2620 2489 3385 3216 3640 3458 3895 3701 4150 3943
Price in US$ 302 593 874 1124 1665 2195 2725 3521 3786 4051 4317
This course is the best option for people who want to learn a language as quickly as possible. In the school's intensive language courses, a student will quickly learn the basic structures and vocabulary of the chosen language through everyday conversation and listening exercises, role-playing, grammar and many other activities.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:15
Afternoon: 10:45  - 14:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in CHF 150 143 300 285 470 447 550 523 675 642 800 760 935 889 1070 1017 1205 1145 1340 1273 1610 1530
Price in US$ 157 313 489 573 703 833 973 1113 1254 1394 1675
This course is the best option for people who want to learn a language as quickly as possible. In the school's intensive language courses, a student will quickly learn the basic structures and vocabulary of the chosen language through everyday conversation and listening exercises, role-playing, grammar and many other activities.Classes are held from Monday to Friday.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
2 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 10:30
Afternoon: 10:45  - 12:15
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Private
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in CHF 560 532 1080 1026 1560 1482 2100 1995 2620 2489 3140 2983 -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 583 1124 1623 2185 2725 3266 -- -- -- -- --
In this course, the student benefits to a particular extent from the lesson time and determines the priorities in the course.
Starting dates
Every Day.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Lesson duration: 45 minutes
School's administrative fee: 50.00 CHF
Comments about courses:ILS Bern does not accept students that require a visa.

Accommodation

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet 
Cooking 
Dancing 
Football (soccer) 
Golf 
Horse riding 
Ice Hockey 
Mountainbiking 
Music 
Skiing 
Swimming 
Tennis 
Yoga 

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    FAQ about International Language School, Bern

  • German courses at International Language School start at 143 CHF for Intensive Language Course course with 10 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at International Language School varies from 1 students (Private Language Lessons) to 8 students (Super Intensive Language Course)
  • 80%% of teachers at International Language School hold a university degree. 40%% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • International Language School offers courses from 16 years to 99. Average age is 28 during the summer and 28 for the rest of the year.
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