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German Gap Year in Cologne

Learn German in Cologne on a long term German course ideal for Gap Year, post Uni or adult students looking to study German in depth over three or more months for maximum progress.


Cologne has a large university community and is home to over 70,000 students.

It therefore offers a wide range of entertainment, from top nightclubs to cinematic festivals which makes a terrific ideal long-term course solution for Gap Year students, graduates and young adults looking to improve their German skills.

German Course Details

Levels offered Beginner to Advanced
Minimum age 18
Course duration 12 to 40 weeks
Alternative courses 1 week+ 
Number of lessons 24 lessons per week
Lesson duration 45 minutes
Maximum per class 15 students
  • Classes are held Monday to Friday each week
  • Summer (May to September): 16 yrs +
  • Preparation for German language exams (optional, not included in course fees)

Gap Year Cologne Plus Points

  • The language school is in the heart of Cologne, just a short walk from the Rhine, the cathedral and the historic old town.
  • It is a recognised German language testing centre, and can prepare students for recognized certificate exams such as the TestDaF, Zertifikat Deutsch, PWD, and Test WiDaF
  • Famous for its “Karneval” each February and the great locally brewed beers!



The school caters for between 100 and 250 students from around the world, each month.  The school provides long-term courses throughout the year, allowing students to focus on all aspects of German over several months, whilst placing the language within a meaningful cultural framework.

School Description

Prices 2022

Languages for Life 24 lessons pr week
12 wks    € 2,040.00 16 wks   € 2,720.00
20 wks   € 3,400.00 24 wks   € 4,080.00
CESA Fee: € 60.00 per person
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Start Dates 2022

 Beginners  Once a month
 All other levels  Each Monday

# The school is closed on public holidays and over Christmas


Cologne: City by night

Cologne: In front of St Gross Martin's church

Cologne: German language students

German Course Content

These long term German language courses enable students to achieve a serious improvement in their language skills over several months.  Acquiring a large vocabulary, in-depth understanding of sentence construction across all tenses and developing your language skills both generally and across a range of  modern day German topics (cultural, social and economic).

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These German language programmes are aimed at Beginners to Intermediate level students who want to achieve significant linguistic improvement over a number of months. This German course is an excellent opportunity to learn a new language, immerse yourself in a new culture and make new friends from all around the world. The study plan takes into consideration your current level, your needs and the length of your course.

Teaching in Cologne

German Exams offered

Do you speak German? Can you prove it!

Some people study German in Cologne for self-enrichment or want to know how to tell the time or talk on the phone in German. or to satisfy short term language requirements in high school, college, university or career goals. Others however, though, such as university or Gap students, aspiring teachers, translators or others with long term career goals, study the language in Cologne as part of a formal training programme. For this latter group of students, formally proving competency in the language is a requirement and this is where the German Exams are of great value.

Cologne/German language course descriptions


If you want to immerse yourself in the culture, you can live with local German Hosts who will give you the chance to experience daily life as lived by German people. Sharing time with German hosts will provide a chance to experience daily life and engage in social conversation outside of the classroom, which offers an invaluable insight in to the today’s German culture.

In a shared apartment arrangement, you will be provided with a furnished room of your own. You will share the kitchen and bathroom with your fellow residents and prepare your own meals.
The apartment residence, is just 20 minutes commute to the German language school. Students have their own room with en suite bathroom and kitchenette with shared communal room.  This option is VERY popular in summer season, early reservations are essential for July/August period.

Full information on the accommodation options:

Cologne school: Accommodation