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German Gap Year in Berlin

The German Gap Year in Berlin is the ideal long-term course solution for Gap Year students, graduates and young adults looking to take a serious career break. These long-term courses allow students to focus on all aspects of German over several months in a campus school environment, across all language levels. In-depth study over an extended period ensures better mastery, subtler understanding and far greater long-term retention of key skills. Students can live on site, off site in apartments with other students, or with local German hosts (for that extra layer of linguistic immersion!).

Gap Year in Berlin Plus Points

Berlin is a dynamic, exciting capital city that really appeals to long term language students

A full range of German language exams are offered, year round – if you want them!

A superb campus based school, offering both on and off site accommodation

German Course Details

Levels offeredBeginner to Advanced
Minimum age17
Course duration8 to 24+ weeks
Alternative courses1 week+ 
Number of lessons20 or 30 group lessons per week
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class12 students
  • Start dates throughout the year
  • Classes are held Monday to Friday each week
  • Preparation for German language exams (optional, not included in course fees)

The German school in Berlin provides a communicative approach where teachers aim to involve and animate the students, getting them to speak as much as possible. This is the best way to learn the German language! The teachers will also continuously correct students and encourage them to repeat, remember and do better next time.

Grammar is never taught for its own sake, instead it is built in to a programme of informative and interesting texts, providing a valuable cultural, political and historical background (adding some zest to the joy that is grammar study!). Lessons revolve around free class discussion, role-playing and conversation to help develop verbal expression, vocabulary and good sentence construction. The work of each group is tailored to each class’s ability level in German, so each student can learn at their own pace, for however many weeks or months they have available to study. The German Gap Year courses 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). Oral and written German language skills are developed and enhanced through out these long term courses. This German language programme is primarily aimed at Beginners to  Intermediate abilities, who want to see serious linguistic improvement and are aiming to achieve fluency over a number of months (but the shorter 8 to 16 week courses work equally well for Advanced level students).

The Languages for Life 20 lessons per week course covers all of the key requirements that a long term student needs.  Many Gap Year students prefer to keep to this course format, as it allows them free time to study after class, explore the city, follow a hobby, make new friends etc.
The Languages for Life 30 lessons per week course offers an additional 10 lessons per week.  These additional lessons focus on oral skills to improve spoken expression and comprehension.  They are generally formed from smaller groups of students than the morning classes and focus on debates and discussions, over seen by the teacher.

Languages for Life: 20 lessons

8 wks   €1200.0012 wks   €1663.0016 wks   €2218.00
CESA Fee: € 60.00 per person
Summer supplements: Applied from 25 June to 17 August 2018
All courses: € 40.00 per week
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Languages for Life: 30 lessons

8 wks   €2160.0012 wks   €2970.0016 wks   €3960.00
CESA Fee: € 60.00 per person
Summer supplements: Applied from 25 June to 17 August 2018
All courses: € 40.00 per week
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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 are offered to Gap Year students

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 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 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. There are courses offered throughout the year leading to the TestDaF and Zertifikat Deutsch exams.  Further information can be found under the Berlin/German language courses descriptions.

Accommodation in Berlin

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.  This is very beneficial to the language learner – as you will pick up all sorts of cultural cues about Berlin and the way modern Germans live.  You can choose to either book host accommodation with half-board (breakfast and evening meal) or book the Shared Apartment with Berliners option and self-cater.

Alternatively if you’d prefer not to live with hosts students can live on site or in off site student apartments.

The On Site Campus is VERY popular, so please book early to be sure of a room.  You can book a studio for yourself or you can decide to share a studio with other students (same gender, similar age). Room mates will be arranged by the language school for you, so you don’t have to book with a friend to take this option. Past students have loved living on campus. It’s great to be in the middle of everything and to not have to commute to school!

Off Site Students Apartments are also popular.  There are some apartments just around the block from the campus, so the commute is minimal, but you can escape the school environment after class if you feel you need to.  There are additional apartments offered near Brandenburg Gate, so a commute is required but it’s not long by Berlin’s standards.

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.

Full information can be found on the main Berlin German school: Accommodation description.

  Check out the Student Reviews on Gap Year courses in Berlin on the CESA Blog