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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 in Heidelberg Plus Points

Heidelberg is a unique city, small enough to become quickly familiar but busy enough to suit long term students.

Attracting 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 offeredBeginner to Advanced
Minimum age16
Languages for Life options12 to 36 weeks
Academic Year options25 or 40 weeks
Alternative courses1 week+ 
Number of lessons20 or 30 group lessons per week
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class15 students
  • Start dates throughout the year
  • Classes are held Monday to Friday each week
  • Preparation for German exams (optional, not included in course fees)

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.

Academic Year

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.

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

20 lessons pr week20 lessons pr week
25 wks   €2535.0040 wks   €3835.00
CESA Fee: € 50.00 per person
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30 lessons pr week30 lessons pr week
25 wks   €3285.0040 wks   €5035.00
CESA Fee: € 50.00 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.

12 wks   €1295.0016 wks   €1715.0020 wks   €2135.00
CESA Fee: € 50.00 per person
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Methodology:

  • 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 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.

Further information can be found under the Heidelberg/German language courses descriptions.

Accommodation in Heidelberg

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.

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

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