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German Language Schools in Berlin - Ranking 2022

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27 Best language schools in Berlin (ranked based on student reviews)

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capital city is vast, not just in size but also in culture. There is an exciting blend of art, culture, science, politics and business. Berlin has historical buildings that are worth a visit including The Kurfürstendamm and Memorial Church, Love Parade and Brandenburg Gate. The city has been restructured in the past decades to mix old with new: to acknowledge its past whilst at the same time move forward. The result of this is a city that has modern and unique cafes, bars and restaurants in derelict buildings giving it's underground scene the adjective of gritty to describe it. The best way to explore this city is by bike so that you don't miss anything!
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What we like about Berlin
  • All budgets are possible - cheap for a European capital city.
  • Great variety of clubs and bars.
  • Interesting history.
  • Modern and artistic influences throughout.
What we dislike about Berlin
  • Winter can reach low temperatures.
  • Large expat community - need to be firm in practising German outside the classroom.
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What our students said about Berlin

Rating: 4/5

4.0

I was absolutely in love with the city. There is always so much to do related to culture, music and art! The nightlife was amazing as well. They were best the nights of my life. If you are looking for a place with cultural background but also fun activities, Berlin is the place!

Maria
Portugal

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Loved Berlin. Weather was crazy but oh well. Amazing city, loads to do, very friendly. Subway's and transport in general isn't very friendly in terms of understanding what ticket you need to buy but in general great experience.

Alena
Russia

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Fascinating. Easy to get about. Civilised cyclists. Interesting architecture. Trees, birds and clean fresh air. Visible marks and monuments of human greatness and human horror with Museums and Monuments to explain it all.

Barbara
England UK

Rating: 4/5

4.0

Berlin is a wonderful city full of interesting things to do. If you love culture, politics and history-- Berlin is definitely the place to explore. It is super safe and the locals are very friendly :)

Igor
Spain

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Berlin is a great city. I feel calm in it like in St. Petersburg) Everyone will find something of their own in this city)

Vitalii
Russia

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Just great!! Easy orientation, great helpful people, cosmopolitan!

Barbora
Czech Republic

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Great city and affordable. Would never get bored!

Holly
England UK

Rating: 1/5

1.0

Due to covid, there was barely any nightlife.

Juan
Spain

Rating: 4/5

4.0

A very nice city where you want to return.

Daria
Russia

How our students rated their experience in Berlin

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339 authentic reviews from students who reserved with us
Nightlife

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Friendliness of locals

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Interesing things to do

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Geographic setting

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1
Public transport

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Climate

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Cleanliness

Rating: 3.9/5.0

3.9
Affordability

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2
Shopping

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Safety

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Berlin

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 27 reviews

Standard of teaching was great, the textbook used was useful. Stammtisch (after class activities) was useful. Homestay was superb.

29 November 2021
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 21 years

Catriona
England UK

Rating: 5

5.0 | 1 review

Organization, flexibility, friendly atmosphere
Clearer control of the accommodation in the host family - creates a bad and incompetent impression on EF!

20 July 2021
Course: Intensive Course + Accommodation - 2 weeks
Student age: 16 years

Barbora
Czech Republic

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 171 reviews

Very good teachers. They could have safely organised activities but they didn't.

31 August 2020
Course: Main Course - 8 weeks
Student age: 45 years

Juan
Spain

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 171 reviews

Verena the teacher. Location. Flexibility of choice of classes. Good times for classes.

10 August 2020
Course: Main Course + Module Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 18 years

Holly
England UK

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 49 reviews

Once a week, a test for passing the material, if two times in half a year (4 weeks) wrote on a score of less than 60%, they send it to the course below, so it stimulates
There were no Russian-speaking students in my course, for me it is a plus, the group is very multinational, if you want to get to know each other and communicate, you will have to develop spoken German

30 March 2020
Course: Intensive Course - 12 weeks
Student age: 42 years

Olga
Russia

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 171 reviews

The teacher Olga was lovely!
Overall, I think its a good school but not the best. For the money, location and easy accommodation (since it's very difficult to find a place to live in Berlin and expensive at the moment), it was good!

6 December 2019
Course: Main Course - 8 weeks
Student age: 21 years

Maria
Portugal

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 171 reviews

The school is not the worst for learning a language.
I wish the administration worked better. Some moments baffled me. But apart from the awful campus experience, the school itself is beautiful.

14 October 2019
Course: Main Course - 20 weeks
Student age: 35 years

Erika
Russia

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 171 reviews

Claudia and Olga are wonderful teachers!

7 October 2019
Course: Main Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 32 years

Valeria
Argentina

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 34 reviews

The teachers are great
No vegan food in the vending machines.

9 September 2019
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 53 years

Valérie
France

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 171 reviews

The teachers were the best thing about the school.
Overall, it's a great school at a great location. The accommodation is not good.

5 September 2019
Course: Main Course + Module Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 34 years

Igor
Spain

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 171 reviews

As written above the teacher was great.
Please organise copies for students like me who attend the lesson just for one week. We did not get any material.

2 August 2019
Course: Main Course - 1 week
Student age: 44 years

Lucilla
Italy

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 51 reviews

I liked the lessons because in the class there are only students who want to learn the language. With this I was able to concentrate very well in the class and I learned a lot in Alpadia.
I didn't like when my lessons were changed and placed in the afternoon because I wasn't able to visit the museums of Berlin and also to spend time with my new friends whose lessons were in the morning.

30 July 2019
Course: Intensive - 4 weeks
Student age: 15 years

Iona
Switzerland

What school directors said about Berlin

Sven Haushalter

Berlin is the capital of Germany and has 170 museums, 300 art galleries, castles, churches, countless parks, opera houses, theaters, cinemas, clubs, bars and cafés. Berlin is a very diverse, dynamic and creative city, which is rich in contrasts and offers visitors unique insights into German culture

It is a capital city with a unique soul. Home to more than 165 museums, 300 art galleries and 150 theatres, it is a kaleidoscope of artistic activity.

Berlin is young, dynamic, international and has numerous concert halls, theatres, opera houses, museums, art collections and galleries. It is also a centre of science and the greenest EU city.

Barbara Jaeschke

Berlin is a capital of cool, a paradise for lovers of culture. Berlin has many lakes, rivers, parks. Berlin is less expensive than other capitals.

Interesting information about Berlin

Key Facts about Berlin

Quality of life was ranked in recent report of Mercer in position 13 (2019).
Population: 3,427,000
Elevation: 74 m. above sea level
Time zone: +11h. (GMT +1)
Region: Berlin,
Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 1.0735 USD)
Visa: 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.
High season: July
Low season: December
Average course price per week (High season): 280 €
Average course price per week (Low season): 174 €
Cost of Living:
* 100 = prices in New York
  • Student price index excluding rent:63* (37% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:51* (49% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:66* (34% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (Germany average):4.26 € (20% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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Public transportation in Berlin

Weather in Berlin

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Events in BerlinBest time to take a language course in Berlin

January
DFB Cup -
DFB Cup -

18 January 2022 - 21 May 2022Berlin! Berlin! We are going to Berlin! is the battle cry of the DFB fans as their teams compete for the National Football Cup in Berlin's Olympic Stadium.

May
Carnival of Cultures
Carnival of Cultures

May 2022 - June 2022Berlin welcomes over 1.4 million visitors each year for this spectacular street festival celebrating Berlin's cultural diversity. More than 5000 performers can be found in the streets of the city wearing masks and costumes. The event culminates in a massive parade on Pentecost Sunday.

XJAZZ
XJAZZ

04 May 2022 - 08 May 2022This music festival encompasses all that falls under the label of contemporary jazz: from electronica and neo-classical to jazz and singer/songwriter. About 70% of the lineup are local artists and many of the performances include new collaborations and joint projects.

June
Music Festival
Music Festival

21 June 2022What began as a small parade is now the biggest and best of the various music festivals in the city. The Fête de la Musique is celebrated worldwide as a non-profit, non-commercial music festival.

ILA Berlin Air Show
ILA Berlin Air Show

22 June 2022 - 26 June 2022This international exhibition of aviation and space travel attracts more than 1100 exhibitors from over 47 countries.

July
Christopher Street Day
Christopher Street Day

08 July 2022 - 16 July 2022Annual LGBT celebration and demonstration against discrimination and exclusion.

August
Feuerblumen und Klassik Open Air
Feuerblumen und Klassik Open Air

20 August 2022Every year, the Britzer Garten hosts the Feuerblumen und Klassik Open Air, with a programme of classical music, garden art and a fireworks display.

Long Night of Museums
Long Night of Museums

27 August 2022Museum festival for night owls. Visit any of the over 70 participating museums until 2:00 a.m. or attend some of the 700+ events, all with just one ticket.

September
IFA - Consumer Electronics Unlimited
IFA  - Consumer Electronics Unlimited

02 September 2022 - 06 September 2022This world fair of electronics and appliances presents the latest products and innovations in Berlin, the heart of the most important regional market in Europe. It offers a comprehensive overview of the international market, and attracts participants and visitors from over 100 countries.

Berlin Art Week
Berlin Art Week

14 September 2022 - 18 September 2022Exhibits, art fairs, awards, debates, and all things art-related. Week-long celebration of contemporary art.

October
German Unity Day
German Unity Day

03 October 2022Every 3rd of October is the national day of Germany. Celebrations include speeches by politicians, concerts, fireworks and more.

December
New Year's Eve Party at the Brandenburg Gate
New Year's Eve Party at the Brandenburg Gate

31 December 2022Welcome 2019 in the most legendary way by celebrating New Year's Eve with over a million people at the Brandenburg Gate.

What to do in Berlin

Strandbar Mitte
Strandbar Mitte
Alexanderplatz
Alexanderplatz
Branderburger Gate
Branderburger Gate
East Side Gallery
East Side Gallery
Prenzlauer Berg
Prenzlauer Berg
Mitte
Mitte
Kreuzkölln (Kreuzberg & Neukölln)
Kreuzkölln (Kreuzberg & Neukölln)
Charlottenburg
Charlottenburg
Berlin
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Arrival Airport

Berlin Brandenburg (BER) - 19 km. from Berlin city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 60 minutes, 3.80 €, minutes.

Main stops: BER T5

30-60, 6-10 €, minutes.

Main stops: Berlin Hauptbahnhof - BER T1-2 / Nauen - BER T1-2/ Dessau / Bad Belzig - Wünsdorf-Waldstadt/ Potsdam - Königs Wusterhause

Every 20 minutes, 3.90 €, minutes.

Main stops: Spandau - BER T1-2/ Südkreuz - BER T1-2

Taxi: 45-50 €, 45 minutes drive to city center of Berlin

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FAQ about schools in Berlin

  • Anda Sprachschule has received the best overall rating in Berlin.
  • GLS - German Language School, located in Kastanienallee 82, Prenzlauer Berg has been voted as the school with the best location in Berlin.
  • In Berlin the following courses are offered specifically for business German: Business German Private.
  • Schools in Berlin offer specific preparation courses for the following exams: TestDaF, Zertifikat Deutsch (ZD), Other exams, TELC.
  • In Berlin there are course packages where you can learn the following activities: German & Horse Riding, German & Tennis.
  • See the climate table of Berlin and the event calendar of Berlin with events such as DFB Cup - , Carnival of Cultures, XJAZZ .
  • 361€ for 2 weeks is the lowest price for a German course in Berlin. The average cost of a language course in Berlin is 241€ per week.
  • Students rated the activity program at GLS - German Language School as the best.
  • Anda Sprachschule was rated highest for quality of teaching.
  • 'Flat Share with International Students' at GLS - German Language School is the best rated accommodation in Berlin.
  • The student price index in Berlin is 63.3. For details check the city's cost of living section.
  • Students rated Berlin with 4.7 stars out of 5.
  • Best airport to arrive to in Berlin is Berlin Brandenburg (19.1 km from city center). See information about all arrivals and airport information for Berlin.
  • How nice to read that your daughter is going to take a gap year in Berlin. She's must definitely be looking forward to that! The most enjoyed German course is the intensive 20 lessons per week course. In this type of course she has lessons from Monday to Friday, usually in the mornings between 09:00-13:00. Each school has a different average age. We can look at this per school. For example, GLS is a very good option (average age between 19-24 years old) and they also have the campus accommodation. Campus accommodation is nice for younger students as it is usually close to school (whether or not next to the school) and with other students from the school, so it'll be fun quickly! In Berlin, combination courses are also offered with horse riding and tennis, unfortunately not with dance. However, I can imagine that if she has found a good school, they will certainly have recommendations for a possible dance course at another organisation. I also recommend a host family if you want to experience a complete immersion in the country and its culture. If you book including half board or full board, you can even practice your language at the table with the host family.
    Robin Rebecca Pietersma, Dutch Consultant from LanguageCourse.net

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