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4 Best language schools in Heidelberg (ranked based on student reviews)

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Why Heidelberg? Heidelberg is a very popular and attractive city mainly due to its location, castle and university. The beautiful old town is situated in the valley of the Neckar river. Being one of the few cities that suffered hardly any damage during World War II, it is a pleasure to stroll through its narrow and picturesque streets. Every part of Heidelberg is easily accessible on foot. The lively main street is ideal for shopping. Heidelberg's castle is world famous and paying a visit is something one can not miss – the reward is an incredible sight. Countless cultural activities and festivals attract visitors throughout the year.
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What our students said about Heidelberg

Rating: 4/5

4.0

It is an expensive, touristic city. It's hard to find an accommodation and the cost of living is expensive. The locals are not so friendly.

Michael
Australia

Rating: 4/5

4.0

A lovely place that I enjoyed very much and hope to visit again.

Jacqueline
England UK

Rating: 4/5

4.0

The city delights with its beauty!)

Svetlana
Russia

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Heidelberg

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 232 reviews

Great choice of classes and teachers, ability to skip levels where appropriate.
Admin staff members are helpful so don't hesitate to refer to them any issues.

23 December 2019
Course: Intensive Course + Module Course - 16 weeks
Student age: 37 years

Michael
Australia

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 232 reviews

I like the organisation, school staff and teacher. Not all student rooms had air condition (this summer with +37 in the shadow it was quite critical).
I definitely recommend F+U to other students!

8 August 2019
Course: German Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 30 years

Mariia
Ukraine

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 232 reviews

The campus is dispersed in few locations, but is highly accessible by Straßebahn.

23 July 2019
Course: German Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 30 years

Wai Yu
Hong Kong

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 232 reviews

Most of the teachers aren't native speakers.

20 May 2019
Course: Intensive Course + Module Course - 8 weeks
Student age: 22 years

Rossella
Italy

Rating: 3.8

3.8 | 24 reviews

This school isn't serious. When you have a problem, the administration listen but don't help you. You can't trust them. All is disorganized. The school isn't XL, please update that.

25 February 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 6 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Cyril
Switzerland

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 232 reviews

The most wonderful thing about the school is the professionalism of the teachers. I am specifically talking about my professor, Patricia Balazikova. Not only is she very professional but also a very kind and friendly type of person. Every day she never failed to not only teach us, but to also make the teaching fun and enjoyable. The professor also gives Literature once a week which had a really positive impact on my Education.
This is a school with friendly staff and professional teachers who are always nice and helpful.

7 January 2019
Course: German Intensive Course - 16 weeks
Student age: 26 years

Sllobodan
Albania

Rating: 3.8

3.8 | 24 reviews

All the lessons were carried out in German.
The entire process was professionally carried out.

25 December 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 14 years

Ms Abirami A/p Vijaya Kumar
Malaysia

Rating: 5

5.0 | 1 review

It was in a house.
I enjoyed it immensely.

8 December 2018
Course: Standard Programme 15 - 2 weeks
Student age: 71 years

Russell
United States

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 232 reviews

I liked the location, near the old town, shopping centers and a large bus station. The city of Heidelberg itself is also very interesting. I liked the host family too.
Good school in a beautiful city. They respond to all requests very quickly, including by e-mail.

13 September 2018
Course: Intensive Course + Module Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 17 years

Ilia
Russia

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 232 reviews

Apart from the classes, it is interesting the offer of cultural or leisure activities. Some might not seem so interesting at first, but it worth participating to get to know people and the city during the first days.
The courses don't really start on Monday as announced but new students are placed in long-term courses which have been going on for months. In my group, there were people who had been in that course up to a couple of months. Also, possibly due to the summer period, the teachers changed several times. One for standard lessons, one purely for grammar and another for conversation. This is actually an advantage, because each teacher has a methodology and an accent and different aspects of the language are perceived.

12 September 2018
Course: Intensive Course + Module Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 43 years

Fco. Gustavo
Spain

Rating: 3.8

3.8 | 24 reviews

Nothing in particular
Low quality. Course and accommodation are cheap and worth even less.

6 September 2018
Course: Super-Intensive Course (Summer Only) - 2 weeks
Student age: 42 years

Tiziana
Italy

Rating: 3.8

3.8 | 24 reviews

Very peaceful atmosphere and pleasant language learning
The cheap price, but the accommodation is not beautiful. Good for those who expect to sleep only, but the city has everything

4 September 2018
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Luigi
Italy

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 232 reviews

The teaching
Fantastic ... young staff at the secretary and highly trained teachers

30 August 2018
Course: German Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 42 years

Alessandra
Italy

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 232 reviews

THE BATHROOMS
MY CLASSROOM WAS SMALL AND THE BATHROOMS SMALL

30 August 2018
Course: German Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 9 years

Matilde
Italy

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 232 reviews

THE BATHROOMS
THAT TEACHERS ARE NOT VERY CLEAR WHEN EXPLAINING

30 August 2018
Course: German Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 11 years

Giovanni
Italy

Rating: 3.8

3.8 | 24 reviews

Location, I could also try different lessons before deciding which I will attend in long-term
Great, friendly and helpful staff.

29 August 2018
Course: Super-Intensive Course (Summer Only) - 2 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Michael
Czech Republic

What school directors said about Heidelberg

Karl-Heinz Rippel

Heidelberg is a beautiful historic city. It is home to the oldest university in Germany that is still recognized as one of the best universities in the world today. Its location also offers easy access to some of Germany's most coveted universities, reasearch centres and international companies located in the area.

Beata Drogi

Nestled in a valley, surrounded by forests and cliffs, this historic city in Germany was ranked the ninth most inspiring city to visit globally.

Key Facts about Heidelberg

Population: 144,000

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

Region: Baden-Württemberg, Karlsruhe Region

Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 1.2161 USD)

Heidelberg quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.7

4.7 (290 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: 4 (rankings of universities in Heidelberg)

High season: July

Low season: December

Average course price per week (High season): 218 €

Average course price per week (Low season): 171 €

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in New York

  • Student price index excluding rent:78* (22% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:58* (42% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:58* (42% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (Germany average):3.76 € (20% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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What to do in Heidelberg

Heidelberg Castle
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Arrival Airports

Frankfurt (FRA) - 71 km. from Heidelberg city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 20 minutes, 35,00 €, 60 minutes.

Main stops: Frankfurt am Main Airport, Mannheim Hauptbahnhof; Mannheim Hbf, Heidelberg Hbf

Every 240 minutes, 7,00 €, 65 minutes.

Main stops: Frankfurt am Main Airport, Heidelberg

Taxi: 144 €, 60 minutes drive to city center of Heidelberg

Direct international flights from:
  • USA: Anchorage International, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, Austin-Bergstrom, Baltimore Washington International, Boston Logan International, Charlotte Douglas, Chicago O'Hare International, Dallas Fort Worth International, Denver International, Detroit Wayne County, Houston George Bush Intercntl., Las Vegas Mccarran, Miami International, Minneapolis St Paul, New Orleans Louis Armstrong, New York John F. Kennedy, New York Newark, Orlando International, Philadelphia International, Portland, Providence, San Diego International, San Francisco International, San Jose International, Seattle / Tacoma International, Tampa International, Washington Dulles
  • Canada: Calgary, Halifax International, Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Ottawa International, Toronto Pearson International, Vancouver International, Whitehorse
  • Singapore: Singapore Changi
Stuttgart (STR) - 87 km. from Heidelberg city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 240 minutes, 11,00 €, 120 minutes.

Main stops: Stuttgart Airport, Stuttgart North, Heilbronn central station, Heidelberg

Taxi: 253 €, 80 minutes drive to city center of Heidelberg

Direct international flights from:
  • USA: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson
  • United Kingdom: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Guernsey, Jersey, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester
  • Ireland: Dublin
Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN) - 118 km. from Heidelberg city center

Public transportation to city center:

4 per day, 13,00 €, 130 minutes.

Main stops: Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, Alzey, Ludwigshafen, Mannheim ZOB, Heidelberg

Taxi: 205 €, 100 minutes drive to city center of Heidelberg

Direct international flights from:
  • Ireland: Dublin, Kerry
  • United Kingdom: Edinburgh, London Stansted, Newquay

    FAQ about schools in Heidelberg

  • F+U Academy of Languages has received the best overall rating in Heidelberg.
  • F+U Academy of Languages, located in Hauptstrasse 1 has been voted as the school with the best location in Heidelberg.
  • Alpha Aktiv was rated highest for quality of teaching.
  • 'Hall of Residence Category I (Concordia)' at F+U Academy of Languages is the best rated accommodation in Heidelberg.
  • 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 Heidelberg is 77.51. For details check the city's cost of living section.
  • Students rated Heidelberg with 4.7 stars out of 5.
  • In Heidelberg electricity is 230 Volt and 50 Hz. Plug type C, F.
  • Best airport to arrive to in Heidelberg is Frankfurt (71.0 km from city center). Alternative airports: Stuttgart (87.9 km), Frankfurt-Hahn (118.5 km). See information about all arrivals and airport information for Heidelberg.
  • In Heidelberg the following courses are offered specifically for business German: Business German Private, Medical German.
  • Schools in Heidelberg offer specific preparation courses for the following exams: Cambridge First, TestDaF, Other exams, TELC.
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