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

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Rating: 4.3

4.380 reviews

Rating: 4.3

Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.0

Leisure program
Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
School accredited by ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations) School accredited by FADAF  (Fachverband für Deutsch als Fremdsprache) School accredited by WYSE/FIYTO (World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confereration)

The school is situated in the Suedstadt district, which is well-known and very lively. Lots of shops, bars and... More

Course Categories (5)Accommodation (3)Facilities (19)
Standard Course - 24 lessons per week | Max. group size: 12
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
390€ 373€
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Carl Duisberg Centrum

City Centre

Rating: 4.3

4.354 reviews

Rating: 4.5

Quality of teaching

Rating: 3.6

Leisure program
|School Size:
Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
School accredited by FADAF  (Fachverband für Deutsch als Fremdsprache) School accredited by ISO 9000/9001 (International Organization for Standardization)

Housed in a 6-story building with a beautiful view of an ancient Roman fortification and the Cologne Cathedral. It is... More

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Intensive Course - 24 lessons per week | Max. group size: 15
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
460€ 437€
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Rating: 4.0

4.03 reviews

Rating: 4.3

Quality of teaching

Rating: 3.5

Leisure program
School accredited by ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations) School accredited by UNOSEL  (Union Nationale des Organisations de Séjours Linguistiques) School accredited by WYSE/FIYTO (World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confereration)

Over 2000 qualified teachers in 30 countries all over the world are associated with the school organisation. 'Study & L... More

Course Categories (5)Accommodation (1)
Standard Programme 15 - 15 lessons per week | Max. group size: 1
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
2760€ 2622€
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Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
School accredited by IALC  (International Association of Language Centres)

Our school is situated in the central area of Cologne not far away from the famous Cologne Cathedral “Kölner... More

Course Categories (8)Accommodation (3)Facilities (13)
Standard German Course - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 12
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
390€ 390€
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What our students said about Cologne

Rating: 4/5


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Most recent student reviews of language schools in Cologne

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 80 reviews

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

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


Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 80 reviews

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: Standard Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 61 years


Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 80 reviews

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: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 34 years


Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 80 reviews

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: Standard Course - 13 weeks
Student age: 27 years


Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 54 reviews

organization, the quality of teaching of some teachers, good textbooks.
Good school, many students from different countries, good teaching

13 February 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 18 years


Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 80 reviews

The teachers and the staff were amazing! They were so accommodating and inspirational. My teachers pushed me to do the best I could!
Great location! Great Staff! Great Experience!

5 July 2017
Course: Standard Course - 6 weeks
Student age: 31 years


Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 54 reviews

The timings are flexible
The Centre should assess the students before starting their lessons. For example I was put in an A1.2 class instead of A1.1 but I had no knowledge of the language and it was a frustrating one month. The other 4 students could already speak the language and I couldn't and the teacher was not helpful to me because she always thought I was not coping. How could I cope when I didn't learn the basics? I did not enjoy the first month until I was taken to the A1.1 class.

5 June 2017
Course: Intensive Course - 12 weeks
Student age: 0 years

Esther Gordon

Key Facts about Cologne

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.

Population: 964,000

Time zone: +11h. (GMT +1)

Region: North Rhine-Westphalia, Regierungsbezirk Köln

Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 1.1841 USD)

Name of city in German: Köln

Cologne quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.6

4.6 (141 reviews by our former students)

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.

universities: 7 (rankings of universities in Cologne)

High season: July

Low season: December

Average course price per week: 223 €

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):3.86 € (20% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

Arrival Airports

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

Public transportation to city center:

Every 15 minutes, 14,00 €, 15 minutes.

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

Every 25 minutes, 3,00 €, 45 minutes.

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

Taxi: 40 €, 15 minutes drive to city center of Cologne

Direct international flights from:
  • USA: Boston Logan International, Miami International
  • Ireland: Dublin
  • United Kingdom: Edinburgh, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester
Düsseldorf International (DUS) - 40 km. from Cologne city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 60 minutes, 13,00 €, 45 minutes.

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

Every 30 minutes, 13,00 €, 50 minutes.

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

Taxi: 130 €, 40 minutes drive to city center of Cologne

Direct international flights from:
  • USA: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, Boston Logan International, Chicago O'Hare International, Fort Myers Southwest Florida Reg, Los Angeles International, Miami International, New York John F. Kennedy, New York Newark, San Francisco International
  • United Kingdom: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow International, Guernsey, Jersey, Leeds Bradford, London City, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle, Newquay, Southampton
  • Ireland: Cork, Dublin
  • Singapore: Singapore Changi

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Events in CologneBest time to take a language course in Cologne

Christmas Market
Christmas Market

23 November 2020 - 23 December 2020A truly magical Christmastime event. Every year, Cologne holds several Christmas markets around the city. Artists and artisans come together to sell their wares and give demonstrations.

What to do in Cologne

Museum Schnütgen
Museum Schnütgen
Chocolate Museum
Chocolate Museum
Köln-Innenstadt (Center)
Köln-Innenstadt (Center)
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    FAQ about schools in Cologne

  • 373€ for 2 weeks is the lowest price for a German course in Cologne. The average cost of a language course in Cologne is 474€ per week.
  • Students rated the activity program at TANDEM Köln as the best.
  • TANDEM Köln has received the best overall rating in Cologne.
  • TANDEM Köln, located in Rolandstraße 57 has been voted as the school with the best location in Cologne.
  • Carl Duisberg Centrum was rated highest for quality of teaching.
  • 'Studio Apartment' at Carl Duisberg Centrum is the best rated accommodation in Cologne.
  • You can take courses for just 1 week. For significant progress opt for longer durations. According to a survey of StudyTravel Magazine the average course duration for Germany is 7.5 weeks.
  • The student price index in Cologne is 73.36. For details check the city's cost of living section.
  • Students rated Cologne with 4.6 stars out of 5.
  • In Cologne electricity is 230 Volt and 50 Hz. Plug type C, F.
  • Best airport to arrive to in Cologne is Cologne Bonn (13.6 km from city center). Alternative airport: Düsseldorf International (40.7 km). See information about all arrivals and airport information for Cologne.

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