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5 German Language Schools in Cologne - Ranking 2023

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5 Best language schools in Cologne (ranked based on student reviews)

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How our students rated their experience in Cologne

4.5

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Overall attractiveness of Cologne
152 authentic ratings from students who reserved a course with us in Cologne
Nightlife

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1
Friendliness of locals

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1
Interesing things to do

Rating: 3.9/5.0

3.9
Geographic setting

Rating: 3.7/5.0

3.7
Public transport

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2
Climate

Rating: 3.8/5.0

3.8
Cleanliness

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1
Affordability

Rating: 3.9/5.0

3.9
Shopping

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2
Safety

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3

What our students said about Cologne

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Wonderful city. I will come back to visit the teachers. I know it is just 2 weeks but you get really attached.

Vicente
Spain

Rating: 5/5

5.0

It is a pleasant and safe city, but the number of things to do / visit is quite limited.

Sabrina
France

Rating: 5/5

5.0

The inhabitants of Cologne are very cold and very austere towards non German speakers.

Amar
France

Rating: 4/5

4.0

beautiful city and other interesting places nearby to visit

Patrizia
Italy

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Cologne

TANDEM Köln

They were always very nice and helpful. I had two teachers. The second one, Astrid, was good.

19 September 2022
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 54 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 86 reviews
Mª EugeniaTANDEM Köln
Sprachschule Aktiv

Thank you the welcome was great My two boys had a great time, the group dynamic was very good. Thank you we will come back to you.

9 May 2022
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 12 years

Rating: 3.7

3.7 | 3 reviews
TANDEM Köln

The teachers are very available, the course materials are personalised and very well designed, the lessons are very interesting and the teachers make us want to learn. The progress are visible, and their methods are effective.
Perfect, thank you very much.

17 August 2021
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 18 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 86 reviews
Carl Duisberg Centrum

I adored most the great atmosphere created by the teacher and the group. Everyone was really helpful and nice.

27 July 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 17 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 55 reviews
Carl Duisberg Centrum

Good Programme and way of teaching. Lot's of opportunity to speak German, fun group exercises. I learnt a lot. Quality of the teaching was very good.

18 June 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 47 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 55 reviews
TANDEM Köln

Their professionalism, teaching methodology.
Great organization, the services offered by the teachers to the students.

16 April 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 43 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 86 reviews
Carl Duisberg Centrum

I enjoy that the school puts on multiple after-class activities during the week. Any opportunity to practice more German is a welcome one.

26 February 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 26 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 55 reviews
TANDEM Köln

The teachers are really nice.
The beginner course (A1) thought me the basis of the language, just as I wanted. I won't hesitate to come back if needed

4 February 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 61 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 86 reviews
TANDEM Köln

The school is really well located and the staff is nice. People are very friendly.
TANDEM Köln is a good school with a good value for money. The professors are comprehensive and professional. The only negative point is the difference in the teaching methods from a teacher to another. The organisation and the structure of the courses are not the strongest points of the school. Generally speaking, I had a really good time in this school and will come back as soon as possible.

21 January 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 34 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 86 reviews
Carl Duisberg Centrum

It had a relaxed atmosphere which was good for learning.

3 November 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 51 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 55 reviews
Travers ClaytonCarl Duisberg Centrum
TANDEM Köln

The method with which teachers taught.

9 September 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 20 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 86 reviews
BàrbaraTANDEM Köln
Carl Duisberg Centrum

Professional teaching, mixed origin of students
Update technology/facilities

11 July 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 51 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 55 reviews
TANDEM Köln

The teachers were very friendly and focused more on personally guiding every student.
Good School Professional Staff Friendly and very good Teachers Diverse nationalities of students

14 May 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 13 weeks
Student age: 27 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 86 reviews
TANDEM Köln

good teachers, good balance of grammar and conversation.

9 April 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 33 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 86 reviews
TANDEM Köln

The approach and support of my teachers

22 February 2018
Course: Super Intensive Course (24 group + 6 mini group) - 2 weeks
Student age: 25 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 86 reviews
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Interesting information about Cologne

Why Cologne? Cologne hosts many galleries, museums and trade fairs, and also the Rhine ...
and the Cathedral. The city also offers many shopping streets and has the highest concentration of pubs and taverns in Germany. Whether there is street music on the Hohe Strasse or galas in the modern opera house, or the annual music festival along the inner ring road or carnival in the entire city - in Cologne all this becomes synthesized into a vivacious work of art in a metropolis boasting more than a million inhabitants which, despite its size, has never lost its neighbourly character.
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What we like about Cologne
  • Manageable size.
  • Friendly locals.
  • Excellent live music scene.
  • Tasty local cuisine.
What we dislike about Cologne
  • Be firm with practising German - International city.
  • Not much entertainment in the winter months.

Key Facts about Cologne

Population:   964,000
Time zone: +11h. (GMT +1)
Region: North Rhine-Westphalia, Regierungsbezirk Köln
Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 1.0895 USD)
Name of city in German: Köln
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.
Visa requirements data last updated on 01-12-2022 (Source)
For the most up-to-date visa information please consult with the embassy or consulate of Germany in your country. List of embassies and consulates of Germany on the official website - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany.
High season: July
Low season: December
Average course price per week (High season): 203 €
Average course price per week (Low season): 555 €
Cost of Living:
* 100 = prices in New York
  • Student price index excluding rent:73* (27% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:52* (48% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:55* (45% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (Germany average): 4.38 €
    (7% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

Weather in Cologne

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Hours of Sunshine
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What to do in Cologne

Cathedral
Cathedral
Museum Schnütgen
Museum Schnütgen
Chocolate Museum
Chocolate Museum
Köln-Innenstadt (Center)
Köln-Innenstadt (Center)
Köln-Ehrenfeld
Köln-Ehrenfeld
Altstadt-Süd
Altstadt-Süd
Cologne
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Arrival airports

Cologne Bonn (CGN) - 13 km. from Cologne city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 15 minutes, 15 minutes.

Main stops: Köln/Bonn Flughafen, Köln Gremberghoven Frankfurter Str., Köln Kalk Trimbornstr., Köln Deutz Bf Deutz, Köln Dom/Hbf

Every 25 minutes, 45 minutes.

Main stops: Köln/Bonn Flughafen, Grengel Mauspfad, Urbach Kaiserstr., Eil Kirche, Ostheim, Höhenberg Frankfurter Str., Mülheim Bf Mülheim

Taxi: 15 minutes drive to city center of Cologne

Düsseldorf International (DUS) - 40 km. from Cologne city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 60 minutes, 45 minutes.

Main stops: Düsseldorf Flughafen Terminal, Düsseldorf Hbf + Düsseldorf Hbf, Köln Hbf

Every 30 minutes, 50 minutes.

Main stops: Düsseldorf Flughafen Terminal, Düsseldorf-Zoo, Düsseldorf Hbf – Köln Hbf

Taxi: 40 minutes drive to city center of Cologne

Public transportation in Cologne

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FAQ about schools in Cologne

  • TANDEM Köln has received the best overall rating in Cologne.
  • Sprachschule Aktiv, located in Neumarkt 1c has been voted as the school with the best location in Cologne.
  • 354€ for 2 weeks is the lowest price for a German course in Cologne. The average cost of a language course in Cologne is 151€ per week.
  • Students rated the activity program at TANDEM Köln as the best.
  • Carl Duisberg Centrum was rated highest for quality of teaching.
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