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Learn German in Munich: Student Reviews

Learning German in Munich

Lizzie Morton
12 weeks German Course in Munich

Can I just say that I would absolutely recommend others to take a CESA language course and I would love to go back to Munich again, sometime.  I was lucky enough to be out there for 12 weeks, and the course certainly helped me build my German skills, helped my self-confidence and inspired me to learn more.  Not only was I able to benefit academically but I also got to see a beautiful part of Germany and meet some great people too. 

Before I arrived I thought that I would have the opportunity on this course to meet people from a variety of countries and improve my German in classes with them.  I thought that I’d have the chance to speak lots of German and get involved with lots of group activities and outings in and around Munich and I hoped that I would become more confident speaking and writing German.

I knew I wanted to learn German in Germany, I choose Munich because it’s such a beautiful looking city and the CESA staff suggested it would be a good choice as I really wanted to stay in residential accommodation, not with German hosts.  I met such a variety of people and really enjoyed events such as the bus tour round Munich and a day trip to Salzburg.  I found that having to use my German all the time and being constantly challenged by the teachers, kept my focus on the language learning throughout each week of the course.

The German lessons were taken by two different teachers each week, and I found all of the teachers helpful and informative.  There weren’t many people in our class (never more than 8, and generally 7 at most) which I really enjoyed as I felt it was easy to ask questions and that I benefited from good teacher attention.  Sure there were hard days, German grammar is not always a pleasant experience, but that was all part of the learning process and along with the challenge and graft, was plenty of laughter and lighter moments.

The German language college in Munich was a great place to study and I was made to feel welcome by the people there.  I always found the staff approachable and felt able to ask the teachers questions when I needed to.  I thought it’s location in Munich was terrific, with easy access to the heart of the city, but in a pleasant less frantic area, surrounded by shops and good places to meet.

Of course there were the bad days, when I felt a bit homesick and at the beginning it took me a couple of days to settle in.  This was the first time I’d been on a trip abroad alone so I found having to be by myself sometimes quite hard but as a result I learnt to be more independent.  I really enjoyed getting to know people from other countries, who I wouldn’t normally meet and it was great to find that I could communicate with them in German in daily conversation.  I made a couple of good friends in my class, one girl from Poland and a boy from Sweden and we spent quite a lot of time together – we even tried to translate jokes we all knew into German (with mixed results)!  Although I felt very shy at the beginning I eventually ended up with friends from all over the place – Europe, China, Thailand and South America!  They were very friendly and we sometimes cooked together in the residence, which was great! 

The residence accommodation, which is literally a stone’s throw from the language school was fine; good value and convenient.  As CESA staff had said, it wasn’t the Ritz, but it had everything I needed.  My room had a fridge and there was a small kitchen close by plus a small communal area.  My room was pretty big and as I ended up with about 6 keys to lock up various things I felt that everything was very secure!  The communal area was rather uninspiring, it was just a small room with wooden tables and chairs, a TV and phone and rather utilitarian, a few cushions and a bit more colour would have been nice – but honestly it was okay.

Munich…. I adored it!  I think it’s a very beautiful and intensely cultural city with masses to offer and see.  I enjoyed simply walking around and looking at all the historical buildings, particularly places such as Frauenkirche and the breath taking roof top views!  I didn’t eat out much as I wanted to keep the costs down, but when I did it was fabulous.  I’m not a party person so tended to spend most of my evenings chatting to the other students in the residence however I love to shop, and Munich is great for shopping!  I just really liked the whole atmosphere of the city and wandering around it during the day, through the market place at Marienplatz.  There was always something going on and plenty of street theatre on offer.

The help I received from CESA before I left the UK was great – everything was made easy and you answered all of my questions, gave me all the information I needed and it was very easy to get in touch and ask about something when needed.  I couldn’t fault you.  It truly a fully rounded experience which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Thanks!!           :  )

German Private Tuition course in Munich

Tracey Anne Lynch
5 weeks German tuition in Munich

I hoped that I would get a balanced education which would include speaking, grammar, reading and writing. I also hoped that the teacher would challenge me and push me beyond my current linguistic abilities.

I had two teachers who took turns teaching which I found very helpful. It gave a variety of and different but solid perspectives on the language. I found that they were both creative in their methods of teaching and balanced the time well between speaking, grammar, reading and writing. I felt like I learnt a lot in a short amount of time and have a good amount of material I can continue to study.

The lessons worked well. I thought 5 hours with a break in the middle was a good amount of time for intensive learning. The student teacher interaction was very good. I was happy with my lessons and didn’t feel that they needed improvement.

I liked the German language school in Munich very much. It is in a very comfortable setting. The teachers and staff were very approachable and the atmosphere was welcoming. I didn’t mind the location of the school in Munich. It took a few minutes to walk there as I didn’t live in the school residence but it is nice that it is not located right in the middle of the city.

Since I didn’t have any worst parts of the course I would have to say all of it was good!

I found the Media Tech room very helpful with all of its resources and the Media Tech teacher was more than helpful. I felt that the amount of lessons that I had for the duration of 5 weeks was good.

I like Munich as a city very much. The people I met out of class were very helpful. I don’t find Munich an especially cheap city. It is more expensive than other cities in Germany that I have visited but it has a good feeling about it and the transportation system is very easy to use. There is a lot of culture and many things are easily accessible.

I think CESA has a very good language system and the approach of the teachers and staff. I attended an earlier German course this year with CESA and had the same experience.

German language Gap Year course in Munich

Hannah Bishopp
12 weeks German language course in Munich

I expected to expand my command of German, to experience a different culture and an opportunity to meet people from other countries. I also expected the opportunity to visit Munich and Bavaria and to see a large number of places of interest.

My German improved significantly. The best part of the language course was the opportunity to really practice spoken German. I thoroughly enjoyed living in Munich and Bavaria. I met a number of native Bavarians to whom I was able to practice my German on, as well as with many students from other countries.

The German language lessons generally worked very well for me. The structure of the lessons given by the large majority of teachers was good and interesting. There was good interaction between teachers and students.  The German language school was friendly and welcoming. The staff and teachers were caring and interested in students individually. Being centrally located, just back from the main station in Munich, its location was excellent for eating out, shopping, visiting the sights of Munich and being close to transport links enable me to get outside of Munich into surrounding Bavaria with great ease.

I found that the other German language students, both in my own class and within the school were friendly and I have made a number of good friends with whom I expect to maintain contact. The balance between lessons, homework and free time was very reasonable and really worked well for me.

Munich was a brilliant place to spend 3 months. There was plenty of inexpensive restaurants close to the language school, but in the centre of Munich understandably restaurants became more expensive. I also found the transport fairly inexpensive. The local people were very friendly, I found a number of opportunities to speak to them and practice my German. I generally felt very safe when moving around Munich, including in the evenings.

Munich and Bavaria offer a huge number of things to do. There was an excellent nightlife, a good range of cinemas, shops and some magnificent parks. It also provides a fantastic opportunity to watch European Champions League Football! I would particularly recommend a visit to the Biergarten in the Englischer Garten. Outside Munich, but within easy travelling distance, I would urge everyone to go to Stamberger and to take the opportunity to see and walk around the magnificent lake.

Overall my accommodation in the College Residence was satisfactory. It was very convenient to the school and for the proximity to the centre of Munich. My room was spacious, comfortable and clean.

I have nothing but the highest praise for CESA. I found CESA unfailingly patient in answering all my questions. CESA was always very friendly and able to give extremely useful and informative advice on the courses I was considering taking.  The briefing pack I was sent was comprehensive. I would unhesitatingly use CESA again and recommend them to others.

I would definitely go again, my most memorable moments were my fellow students and going to watch Bayern Munich play football!”