Total immersion is the way forward! So many people have learnt English by spending time in the UK and US, couldn’t you learn the German language by going to Berlin in Germany?
Superprof has a few good ideas for anyone wanting to study in Germany’s capital and learn German. Ready to learn more about how to improve your German skills and moving to Germany?
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Young students yearn for adventure. If you’re one of them, you should consider studying in Germany’s biggest city between the Brandenburg Gate and the trendy Friedrichshain neighbourhood. If you’re wondering about other cities (what about Munich in Bavaria and Frankfurt in Hesse, right?), you should check out our 5 best universities in Germany.
Berlin is one of the most popular party destinations in the world. (Source: picjumbo.com)
It’s an unmissable experience. Nowadays, it pays to have foreign language skills. Employers love an international student who can speak another language…
Look for Berlin faculties offering exchange programmes such as the Fachhochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft. Universities often take care of accommodation for you and the tuition fees are much lower than the UK.
Rent in Berlin and other German cities can be much cheaper than in London. Even more so if you decide to live in Germany with some flatmates.
The great thing about the ERASMUS programme is that you’ll meet people from all over the world. In addition to Germans, you’ll also find students from across Europe and students in international exchange programmes from around the world. You can make friends from everywhere.
Guillaume, a student who took part in the ERASMUS programme, recommends that you stick with German tutorials since the German professors won’t make any special dispensation for foreign students.
This means that you have to keep working on your German… The immersion will help.
If you aren’t going to opt for education in Germany (although the education system in the Federal Republic of Germany is very good!), working in Germany might be a good alternative to studying in German universities.
Being a native English speaker will be a huge benefit when it comes to tourism, business, or even working in fast food. There are also jobs for those who’d like to work with children or cook.
Start looking on job sites today! If you’re flexible and willing, you can find a part time job paying around €400 per month.
We also recommend getting private tutorials with a German tutor in the beginning. Berlitz, for example, offers classes for €45 per hour. You can also take intensive refresher courses to get yourself back up to speed. For a more personalised solution, look for a bilingual English-German tutor in Berlin.
You can also download some language-learning apps such as Duolingo for when you’re on Berlin’s public transport. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Life in Germany doesn’t just mean studying in a university town or German school. Working on a family farm is an interesting option. Though most people think about working on farms in Australia and New Zealand as part of working holiday visa, you can also throw your wellies on and get to work on a farm near Berlin. If you don’t want to end up too far from Berlin, you could always look for a family-owned hotel.
How do you say “sheep” in German? (Source: pixabay.com)
By working 36 hours a week you’ll get:
and €50 spending money
Working Holidays Germany for between 3 and 6 is very popular among students. What are you waiting for? If you’re looking for agricultural work (during the harvest, for example), consider the WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) programme.
After a day of picking up dung, take a break and learn some German by watching a film. These jobs are great for learning more about the work ethic of your new adopted home!
Language stays for adults are a chance to enjoy the freedom of working in a summer camp. Participants are 25 years old on average. You’ll learn plenty of useful German expressions!
If you’re considering a linguistic stay in Berlin, check out the site esl.ch!
You’ll have an unforgettable experience studying in such a city… (Source: Bruno Joseph)
You can find linguistic stays from €250 per week. This includes shared accommodation and German lessons. For around one-hundred euros more, you can stay with a host family if you need your own space. Anyone aged 16 and over can take part in a language trip.
We’d recommend sharing a room with other Berliners in order to make friends with people other than your classmates. This is a perfect way to learn German every minute of the day. Places like Potsdamer Platz are great on an evening.
Make sure you don’t end up on the outskirts of the city. Berlin is a big city and the metro stations are quite far apart.
Check out 10 must-know German expressions!
This is a great way to learn German in Berlin over a short period of time.
At the Goethe Institut, you can take German classes for 4 weeks for just over €1,000.
At the end of your accelerated language courses, you’ll be awarded a globally recognised certificate to show off your abilities. It’s a great way to make yourself stand out when it comes to work.
The Goethe Institut isn’t just a language school, it’s also a cultural centre that provides meetings, trips, and cultural experiences for its students. It’s a great way to find friends and discover life in Berlin.
Make sure to study the German alphabet. (Source: pixabay.com)
This Berlin school was founded in 1936. If you want brush up on your German before the new trimester starts, there are courses available for 3 hours per day in the evening for €198 a month. Morning classes are more expensive at €234/month.
During the day and at the weekend, you’ll be free to work and explore the German capital. The school also offers cultural trips around Berlin giving their students a chance to put their lessons into practice.
Before you sign up, you should know that this school has an incredible reputation. Don’t be surprised if it seems a little serious and elitist at first.
Check out our best universities in Germany.
There are a dozen folk high schools in Berlin since Berlin has 12 administrative districts. Once you’ve signed up, you can take anywhere between 2 and 25 hours of class per week. There are plenty of different types of classes available: from everyday German to business German. This is a great option if you’re on a budget, looking to make friends, or get a job.
It’s one of the cheaper options. A class costs around €100 a month. It’s hard to find a better quality-price ratio! That said, don’t ignore the classifieds. This is a great way to find a language exchange partner to learn at your own pace.
The Humboldt University (not pictured) is the oldest in Berlin. (Source: pixabay.com)
There are plenty of great ways to learn German phrases in Berlin.
Would you like more information on living in Berlin? You should out this site for things to do and places to go.
If you’re still not convinced, you should check out some of the reasons to move to Berlin such as the high salaries.
It’s the capital of Germany. The town bore witness to Cold War and the scars are still visible.
Berlin has a beautiful ambience and urban culture. It’s a haven for any creative person wanting to speak German.
You can party 24/7. Places are open into the early hours of the morning (and even longer for “afters”).
It’s the capital of electronic, techno, and house music.
Berlin is also a city at the cutting edge of fashion. It’s home to plenty fashion stores and boutiques.
It’s home to art, too. Few European capitals can boast as many art galleries and museums as Berlin.
Berlin is affordable even though prices have gone up in recent years. You can eat out in Berlin for under €10 at lunchtime. A coffee will cost you €1.20 and you can spend a night in a hotel in the centre without it costing you an arm and a leg.
There are plenty of places dedicated to the most famous art in the world on Berlin’s “Museum Island” (Museumsinsel). There are also plenty of museums in the Kreuzberg district.
Whether you’re a foodie or not, Berlin has plenty of choice when it comes to eating (from hot dogs and pretzels to Pakistani cuisine).
In summary, Berlin is a mix of old and new. The city is in a state of constant change.
You could always consider:
Professional training in German
Language stays or shorter holidays
Teachers closer to home
German on the Internet (on-line lessons, language tests, German comprehension games, German vocabulary and grammar, etc.)
Learning German over Skype with a native German speaker
Joseph is a French and Spanish to English translator, English tutor, and all-round language enthusiast.
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