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German Gap Year in Cologne

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. 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.

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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!

Course Details

Levels offeredBeginner to Advanced
Minimum age18
Course duration12 to 40 weeks
Alternative courses1 week+ 
Number of lessons24 group lessons per week
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class15 students
  • Summer (May to September): 16 yrs +
  • Start dates throughout the year
  • Classes are held Monday to Friday each week
  • Preparation for German language exams (optional, not included in course fees)

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). These German language programmes are aimed at Beginners to Intermediate level students who want to achieve significant linguistic improvement over a number of months.

Languages for Life

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.

12 wks   €2280.0016 wks   €3040.0020 wks   €3200.00
CESA Fee: € 60.00 per person
Summer supplements: Not applicable
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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 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 Cologne/German language courses descriptions.

Accommodation in Cologne

Students can either stay in shared apartments with other students, live in an apartment residence or stay with local German hosts, so you can practise your German out of class, as well as in the school.

German hosts offer single room accommodation with breakfast and the evening meal. Cologne is a large city, so please expect between 15-45 minutes commute to school each morning.  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.

Living in the apartment residence or in shared apartments is the ideal option for students who would prefer to retain their independence. 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 can be found on the main Cologne German school: Accommodation description.

  Check out the Student Reviews on courses in Cologne on the CESA Blog