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LSI - Language Studies InternationalZurich, Switzerland

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4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Overall school rating of LSI - Language Studies International, Zurich
Ranked #1 of 2 German schools in Zurich
School
Location of the school
4.8 

Rating: 4.8/5.0

Facilities
4.2 

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Social activities
4.1 

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Organisation
4.6 

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Course
Quality of teaching
4.5 

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Value for money
4.4 

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay
4.2 

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Overall school rating by student age group
Students < 18 years
0.0 

Rating: 0.0/5.0

(0)
Students 18-30 years
4.5 

Rating: 4.5/5.0

(6)
Students 31-49 years
4.4 

Rating: 4.4/5.0

(5)
Students 50+ years
5.0 

Rating: 5.0/5.0

(3)
What we like about the school
  • Only school in Zurich offering host family accommodation.
  • Great location just a few minutes’ walk from both Lake Zurich and the picturesque historic centre.
  • Excellent rating of homestay accommodation (4.2/5.0)
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Location: The school is located across the River Limmat from the city centre. It is a few streets back from the edge of Lake Zurichsee. The school is in a built up part of the capital city, surrounded by shops and restaurants.

Getting around: LSI in Zurich is around 25 minutes by foot from the centre of the city. A short walk from the school is the transit station called Kreuzplatz. From here students have the choice to take a tram, city train or bus to navigate the city. There is a closer, smaller transportation station with both a tram line and regular bus routes.

Main city features: Zurich has many sights to see, and LSI is in a good location to visit all of them. The Kunsthaus Zürich and Grossmünster are on the same side of the river to the school and easily accessible by foot. Fraumünster Church and Zurich’s main street, Bahnhofstrasse are on the other side of the school. These are still close enough to walk to, or alternatively public transportation links reach both in around ten minutes.

Course structure: The school teaches general German courses in groups, private classes or as a combination of the two. LSI also teaches exam preparation courses for those wanting to take the Goethe-Zertifikat.

School facilities: In the school building, students have access to a TV room, student lounge, coffee machine, computers and microwave. There is wifi throughout the school.

Social activities: During the summer months, from June to September, LSI provides students with one weekly activity that all students from all levels can join. This ranges from volleyball, open air cinema to a bar tour. There is one monthly activity from October through to May.

Chain school: As a group, Language Studies International (LSI) has schools located in 7 countries throughout the world. These countries include France, the USA, England, New Zealand, Switzerland and Canada.

For over 55 years, LSI has been supplying tuition to adults, juniors and teachers. Their schools are accredited internationally by such accreditors as EAQUALS, Accet, the British Council, English New Zealand, Languages Canada, and more.
  • The language school LSI - Language Studies International was founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1954.
  • Legal name / parent company: LSI Switzerland LTD
  • Tax registration ID: 2610100016262
  • Abbreviated name of school: LSI Zurich

German Courses

General Language
Private
Exam Preparation

Information for all courses offered by LSI - Language Studies International

Lesson duration
45 minutes
School's administrative fee
135.00 CHF
Course material
Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 15 CHF per week.
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 110 CHF. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Days without class
In 2024 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan 2024, 02 Jan 2024, 29 Mar 2024, 01 Apr 2024, 10 May 2024, 20 May 2024, 01 Aug 2024, 23 Dec 2024 - 31 Dec 2024.
If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are missed lessons recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.
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 Proficiency
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 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
Note: All courses offered by LSI - Language Studies International, Zurich 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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  • Outdoor area
    Outdoor area5/8
  • Down by the lake in Zurich
    Down by the lake in Zurich6/8
  • Teachers and staff exploring Zurich
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LSI - Language Studies International (LSI)

Accreditations and Quality seals
EAQUALSPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalSwiss Private School
German teacher qualifications
90% hold a university degree
90% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Students should arrive at 8:45
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 LSI - Language Studies International and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoMaestro - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Microwave for student use

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Daily press

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 9
    Number of public PC workstations: 2

Additional comment about facilities of school

Renovated mid-19th-Century building across three floors 9 refurbished classrooms Modern internet cafe Student lounge

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer: 60
Throughout the year: 40
Minimum age of students
16 years
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 6
Adult courses Throughout the year: 5
Average age of students
In summer: 22 years
Throughout the year: 25 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Zurich Airport:
165 CHF one way
290 CHF return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Zurich.
More information about airports around Zurich and how to get from the airport to Zurich on your own here on our Zurich 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
Yes
Express shipment fee (via courier)
175 CHF
Free shipment via regular mail
Yes
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet10 km
Basketball5 km
Dancing1 km
Football (soccer)2 km
Golf10 km
Horse riding10 km
Ice Hockey5 km
Mountainbiking5 km
Music5 km
Sailing5 km
Skiing100 km
Squash10 km
Swimming5 km
Table Tennis5 km
Tennis10 km
Volleyball0.5 km
Yoga5 km

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Swimming in the lake
BBQ
Bike ride along the Limmat
Film evening
* Happy Lunch

Adults - Paid activities

Orange Open Air Cinema (CHF 35)
Kunstmuseum (CHF 23)
Chocolate Factory (CHF 25)
Opera (CHF 40-95)
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)
Sample of activities for adults (PDF)

Accommodation

Ratings of LSI - Language Studies International compared to ratings of all schools in Switzerland

 LSI - Language Studies International ZurichAverage of all other schools in Switzerland
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Student opinions about LSI - Language Studies International, Zurich

Verified reviews only, uncensored. All student opinions from students who booked a course at the school with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
Good teacher, very good environment and socially with other students and a wonderful opportunity to get to know other cultures.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: Goethe-Zertifikat B2 (GZ) - 12 weeks
12. Mar. 2015
Liked
Friendly people, interesting and funny lessons.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Homestay Executive
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Standard 20 - 1 week
22. Aug. 2012
Liked
High level and few students in the class.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Homestay
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: Standard 20 - 3 weeks
23. Oct. 2009
Liked
Small classes, enthusiastic teachers
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Other comments It is a bit high in price, but the quality is good.
Course: Intensive 30 - 4 weeks
30. Oct. 2018
Liked
Nice classes and good atmosphere.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Standard 20 [German] - 1 week
25. Jul. 2018
Liked
Wonderful staff and teachers
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Homestay
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Standard 20 [German] - 2 weeks
29. Aug. 2019
Liked
Wonderful staff and teachers
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Homestay
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Standard 20 [German] - 2 weeks
29. Aug. 2019
Liked
Teachers, location
Insider tips about what future students should not miss Activities
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Homestay Executive
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: Intensive 30 - 4 weeks
10. Feb. 2015
Liked
Teacher
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Homestay Executive
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

Course: Intensive 30 - 2 weeks
12. Aug. 2014

Map  

Kreuzstrasse 36 - 8008 Zurich
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Questions and answers about LSI - Language Studies International

  • Please note that this will not be possible. Absolute beginners can only attend the General 20 course. The Afternoon 10 course is for students with a minimum A2 level. The reason for this is that the focus is on improving fluency skills and, therefore, students should already speak some of the language.
    Caroline Saladin, Student Advisor from LSI - Language Studies International, Zurich - Mar 27, 2023
  • Unfortunately, the minimum age to attend our courses is 16 years old. Therefore, we are unable to offer Natalia a suitable course since she is only 14. The minimum age applies to our private lessons and group lessons. We have made exception for 15 year olds but only, if there is family or friends of the family living in the region of Zurich willing to take responsibility. Fourteen, though, is too young.
    Caroline, Student Advisor from LSI Zürich - Mar 30, 2023
  • We do not work with Swiss German books as Swiss German is the dialect spoken in the German part of Switzerland. The official language and what can be found written everywhere is high German. The course book we are currently working with for level A1 is from the publisher Hueber and called Delfin. It's all in high German.
    Caroline, Office Manager from LSI Zürich - Sep 13, 2023

FAQ about LSI - Language Studies International, Zurich

  • You need to consult the embassy to confirm the visa requirements and apply for the visa yourself, we do not provide the visa application service.
    If you need to apply for a student visa, the school will provide the enrollment documents within a few business days after they have received all your fees, so that you can begin to apply for a student visa.
    Susan Wang, Language Travel Consultant from LanguageCourse.Net - Mar 10, 2023
  • The school offers standard and executive homestay accommodation. The standard homestay option includes shared bathroom and the executive includes private bathroom.
    Angela Ligartova, Language Travel Consultant from LanguageCourse.Net - Jul 04, 2023
  • Yes. The following courses can be attended as an absolute beginner: Intensive 30, General 20, General 20 Plus 10, General 20 Plus 5, Intensive 30 Plus 10, Intensive 30 Plus 5
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Zurich Airport (165 CHF)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Language Studies International varies from 1 students (9 Day Compact Course (82)) to 12 students (Intensive 30)
  • 90% of teachers at LSI - Language Studies International hold a university degree. 90% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at LSI - Language Studies International comes from Switzerland with a 21% representation, followed by students from Italy (8%) and Spain (6%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • LSI - Language Studies International offers courses from 16 years to 99. Average age is 22 during the summer and 25 for the rest of the year.

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