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German Gap Year in Heidelberg

Heidelberg is historic, beautiful and has a large university/student population and makes a terrific ideal long-term course solution for Gap Year students, graduates and young adults looking to improve their German skills. 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.

Gap Year Plus Points

  • Heidelberg is a unique city, small enough to become quickly familiar but busy enough to suit long term students
  • Attracts large students numbers year round (450 – 1200 per month) across a range of language courses
  • Prepares students for the Zertifikat Deutsch & TestDaF exams

Course Details

Levels offered Beginner to Advanced
Minimum age 16
Languages for Life 12 to 36 weeks
Academic Year 25 or 40 weeks
Alternative courses 1 week+ 
Number of lessons 20 or 30 lessons per week
Lesson duration 45 minutes
Maximum per class 15 students
  • Start dates throughout the year
  • Classes are held Monday to Friday each week
  • Preparation for German exams (optional, not included in course fees)

Course Start Dates 2021

 Beginners  Once a month
 All other levels  Each Monday

# The school is closed on public holidays and over Christmas

Heidelberg: Excursion

Heidelberg: Student trip

Heidelberg: Language students in Bismarck Platz

Academic Year Courses

Learning German in Heidelberg over 6 or 10 months enables both students and adults alike to gain in depth knowledge of the German language and ensures maximum progress. This challenging German language course is suitable for beginners to low intermediate students who wish to achieve proficiency in the language. It is ideal for those who wish to take the Zertifikat Deutsch or TestDaF exams.

The morning lessons cover core acquisition of the various language competences in different language learning groups (levels A1 to C2) and offers either standard German across all levels, or from B2 level exam preparation classes.

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Additionally the afternoon lessons allow students to deepen their knowledge with additional grammar classes (levels Al to B2) or conversation classes (level B1+).

The German Gap Year language course ensures rapid acquisition and long-term retention of key German language skills and also covers a range of topics on modern day Germany (cultural, social and economic). The courses combine a traditional grammatical approach with a modern communication based focus, in which great importance is placed on practising grammar within communicative contexts that simulate everyday situations. The classes are based on tasks and planned depending on the students’ needs and different styles of learning. These German language programmes are aimed at Beginners to Intermediate abilities, who want to see serious linguistic improvement and are aiming to achieve fluency or serious improvement, over a number of months.

Prices 2021

Academic Year 20 lessons pr week
25 wks   €2800.00 40 wks   €4250.00
CESA Fee: € 60.00 per person
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Languages for Life

Learn German in Heidelberg on a long term German course ideal for Gap Year, post Uni or adult students looking to study German in depth over two or more months for maximum progress. The courses are offered year round, and across all language levels.

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Students have the perfect opportunity to practise, hone and expand their German language skills, whatever their current ability. The programmes follow the same format as the Academic Year programmes, offering in-depth language study over several weeks or months, as required.

Prices 2021

Languages for Life 20 lessons pr week
12 wks   €1550.00 16 wks   €2050.00
20 wks   €2250.00 22 wks   €2470.00
CESA Fee: € 60.00 per person
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  • Intensive grammar study
  • Phonetics
  • Development of vocabulary
  • Syntax and application
  • Listening and comprehension
  • Dialogue and communication
  • Idiomatic language
  • Written and oral expression
  • Lecture and analysis
  • Live guided discussion and synthesis
  • Free conversation

This German language 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.


Exams offered

Do you speak German?
Can you prove it!

Some people study German 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.

Others, such as university or Gap students, aspiring teachers, translators or those with long term career goals, study the language as part of a formal training programme, and formally proving competency in the language is a key requirement and this is where the German language exams are of great value.

TestDaF exam details


There are a wealth of accommodation choices in Heidelberg to suit all tastes.  Yes you can live with hosts and experience German culture first hand, but you can also select from a wide range of student residences and studios in and around the city.

Please ask us for the current Accommodation fact sheet – there are far too many options to explain in detail on this page!

There will always be a lot to consider before choosing a German Gap Year course (or the accommodation), so feel free to discuss the options with CESA if you want further advice.

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