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Program & Admission Information - Berlin, Germany  


The Programs

All Group courses consist of a maximum of 12 students per class and each class is 45 minutes in duration. The goal of each course is to improve the student's active and passive language ability and develop understanding of German culture and the German way of thinking. All courses are taught exclusively in German and are open to all levels. Students are obliged to attend all lessons on time. All students should bring a dictionary German/own language - own language/German, paper and pens/pencils. All other teaching material will be provided to students.

How we teach

Our teachers encourage you to speak as much as possible. You´ll get all the corrections, grammar and vocabulary you need to take you to the next level, but our priority is on active speaking. We teach in tandem, with teachers alternating at every break.
Teaching materials

All courses build on the 4 fundamentals: oral comprehension, writing, reading and speaking. Free class discussions, role-playing and conversation help develop verbal expression, vocabulary and good sentence structure. Grammar is not studied in isolation, rather it is packed in informative and stimulating texts that provide valuable cultural, political and historical background. Some topics covered include: relationships, social life, jobs and labor, history of Berlin, cultural identity.

We teach on 7 levels ranging from A0 to C2 - as defined by the Common European Framework.

A placement test on your first Monday - consisting of a written and an oral part - will make sure that you will be learning with others of a similar level. An evaluation test every Friday allows you to check on your progress. However, you can get personalized feedback from your teacher at any time.

A0 You don´t speak or understand German -Approximately: 1 month.

A1 You understand and can answer simple questions. -Approximately: 1 month.

A2 You are able to participate in everyday conversations -Approximately: 2 months

B1 You can read and write simple texts without errors. -Approximately: 2 months and Student will get ZD Zertifikat Deutsch Certification.

B2 You are able to participate in demanding discussions. -Approximately: 2.5 months

C1 You can produce essays and read newspapers and literature. -Approximately: 2.5 months and Student will get TestDaf, DSH Goethe C1 (früher ZMP), ZOP Certification.

C2 You can speak German fluently and understand even idiomatic expressions. -Approximately: 5 months and Student will get KDS, GDS Certification.

The schedule for the classes;

09:00 - 10:30: Standard course
10:30 - 11:00: BREAK
11:00 - 12:30: Standard course
12:30 - 1:00 BREAK
1:00 - 2:30: Intensive- and Crash course

You can have a snack or eat at the cafeteria or at the school restaurant at the ground floor.

Standard Course Group 20 hours per week. Lessons take place Monday to Friday from 9:15 to 12:30. Beginners must start on specified dates, while all other levels may start any Monday for a minimum of 2 weeks.

Intensive Course Group 30 hours per week. Students enrolled in this course participate in the Standard course in the morning along with additional lessons in the afternoons from 13:00 - 14:45 in a small group setting of a maximum of 6 students per class.

Group/Tutor Course Standard Group 20 hours per week course plus 10 hours per week of private tutorial lessons. Combined course allows students to increase German language comprehension in group lessons while focusing on specific areas of interest or need in the tutorial sessions.

Tutor Course 20 hours per week. This course is designed for those students who need flexibility and intensity. Specific content and learning style are decided upon between teacher and student. Course begins any Monday for all levels.

12 or 24 Week Semester
Group 20 hours per week. This long term course is designed for those students who want to gain deep knowledge of German and experience living in Germany, perhaps for their career of university studies. The courses lasts twelve weeks and is especially suited for students who want to take one of the internationally recognized language examinations of the universities or the Goethe Institut. The center is more than happy to advise on language examinations that best suit student needs.

Start Dates & Fees

Study & Internship Program
This Study & Internship program combines a minimum 4 week Standard Group German Study program followed up with a minimum 6 week Internship Work Experience placement in the community. All internship opportunities will work in partnership with local people in a variety of community-based projects. This unique program offers exciting hands-on work opportunities, meaningful cultural immersion, and an enriching language program.

Internship placements are available in the following fields:

-Culture and cultural institutions
-Event Management
-Graphic & Design
-IT & Communication Technologies
-Law - legal internships
-Political Organizations (NGOs)
-PR Public Relations
-Real Estate
-Social Work

For more information about this program, contact us!

Schmoeckwitz Children & Teen Summer Program
Children & Teens 8 through 15 years. For detailed information on this program,

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Berlin Teen Summer Program

Teens 16 through 19 years. For detailed information on this program

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Admissions & Academic Credit

The center welcomes students age 16 years and older regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult unless enrolled in the Children & Teen Program. No previous knowledge of German is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their language studies should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

For more information about academic credit in German speaking countries, please click here.
For general information on academic credit, please click here.
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Standard Course
Intensive Course
Group/Tutor Course
Tutor Course
12 or 24 Week Semester
German & Internship
Children & Teen Summer Program

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The Social & Cultural Program


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