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

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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 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: 4/5

4.0

beautiful city and other interesting places nearby to visit

Patrizia
Italy

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Cologne

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 54 reviews

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

Anna
Poland

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 54 reviews

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

Debbie
Germany

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 81 reviews

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

Vicente
Spain

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 54 reviews

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

Lachlan
Australia

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 81 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: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 61 years

Corinne
France

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 81 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: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 34 years

Sabrina
France

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 54 reviews

It had a relaxed atmosphere which was good for learning.

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

Travers Clayton
England UK

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 81 reviews

The method with which teachers taught.

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

Bàrbara
Spain

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 54 reviews

Professional teaching, mixed origin of students
Update technology/facilities

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

tania
Italy

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 81 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: Intensive Course - 13 weeks
Student age: 27 years

Abdul
India

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 81 reviews

good teachers, good balance of grammar and conversation.

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

Mariia
Ukraine

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 81 reviews

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

Elodie
Switzerland

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

Natalia
Russia

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 81 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: Intensive Course - 6 weeks
Student age: 31 years

David
Canada

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
Zambia

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 54 reviews

I liked the teachers and the laid-back approach to teaching.
Very nice atmosphere

10 January 2017
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 27 years

Amapola Jane
England UK

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 54 reviews

There had already been and I always had a great time

23 November 2016
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 16 years

Carolina
Italy

Key Facts about Cologne

Population: 964,000

Time zone: +6h. (GMT +1)

Region: North Rhine-Westphalia, Regierungsbezirk Köln

Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 4425.2158 COP)

Name of city in German: Köln

Cologne quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.6

4.6 (143 reviews by our former students)

Visa: Nationals from Colombia 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 (High season): 219 €

Average course price per week (Low season): 283 €

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in Bogota

  • Student price index excluding rent:137* (37% more expensive than Bogota)
  • Student price index including rent:119* (19% more expensive than Bogota)
  • Price index food only:121* (21% more expensive than Bogota)
  • Big Mac price (Germany average):3.77 € (24% more expensive than in Colombia)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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Public transportation in Cologne

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Events in CologneBest time to take a language course in Cologne

July
Christopher Street Day
Christopher Street Day

04 July 2021Cologne hosts one of the biggest Christopher Street Day celebrations in Europe. On the first weekend in July, over half a million people converge on Cologne to participate in the demonstration and parties. The two weeks prior, Cologne Pride also organises many LGBT events.

November
Christmas Market
Christmas Market

23 November 2021 - 23 December 2021A 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

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

    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 974€ 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 4.5 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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