|Accommodation options||More about Berlin|
|Shared room outside of centre||271USD/Month|
|Shared room in city centre||382USD/Month|
|1 bedroom apartment outside of centre||426USD/Month|
|1 bedroom apartment in city centre||602USD/Month|
Visa for language courses in Germany
Students of short-term courses lasting up to 3 months can apply for a Schengen type C visa, which allows you to stay in Germany for no more than 90 days. The term for issuing such a visa is 2-3 weeks. If the duration of the course exceeds 3 months, you need to apply for a national type D visa of the Sprachvisum subtype — particularly for language courses. It allows you to stay in the country from 3 to 12 months. At the same time, the intensity of classes should be at least 18 hours a week.
After completion of the language program, the Sprachvisum cannot be changed to a student visa if you decide to enter a university. You must return to your home country and submit a new application.
If problems arise during the visa process, it is best to notify the school. Some schools can help with the process by contacting the Visa Application Center directly, finding out the reasons for arising issues, sending additional documents (for example, if original copies are needed), and if necessary, rescheduling the start of the course.
- Completed application form
- 3 biometric photos
- International passport
- Invitation from a German language school indicating the venue, duration, and number of hours per week
- Course payment confirmation
- Proof of financial solvency
- Biography describing previous education and professional activities
- Documents on previous education
- Motivation letter explaining the reason for taking a language course in Germany
- Confirmation of payment for accommodation for the entire period of study
- Consular fee payment confirmation
- Medical insurance
- Language certificates (if available)
Additional documents for applicants under 18 years of age:
- Notarized consent from the guardian to travel abroad
- Birth certificate
All documents (except for foreign and internal passports, as well as medical insurance) must be translated into German and notarized.
Working while taking language courses in Germany
Holders of national type D visas are allowed to combine study with work (no more than 20 hours per week), but only if attending a language course is not the main purpose of the visit. Holders of the Sprachvisum are not allowed to work.
Most popular language schools in Germany
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This is a network of schools with centers in 16 German cities — both in large metropolitan areas (Berlin, Munich) and in sparsely populated ones (Lindenberg, Konstanz). The school offers different programs for all age groups and levels of language proficiency, and also prepares for university admission. The price of programs includes lessons, accommodation on campus, three meals a day, textbooks, daily entertainment programs, and weekly excursions. The duration of the course is from 1 week up to a year. The student chooses how long to attend the course, but it will take at least 5 weeks to master one level. Upon completion of the training, the student can take one of the international language exams: telc Deutsch (A1-C1) or TestDaF (C1-C2). The average cost of the course is 629 USD/week.
The language centers of this network are also scattered throughout Germany: students study in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, and other major cities. Schools offer a wide range of programs, from standard German courses to university preparation and summer classes for children and teenagers. Schools provide students with all educational materials, accommodation, and meals. For students, entertainment events and excursions are also organized. The duration depends on the chosen program: standard courses last from 1 to 48 weeks, and some specialized courses (preparation for exams, summer courses) — from 1 week to 3 months. The average cost is 472 USD/week.
Best cities to learn German
|State (Länder)||City||Population||Spending per month|
|North Rhine-Westphalia||Cologne||963395||899 USD|
|North Rhine-Westphalia||Dortmund||588462||871 USD|
|North Rhine-Westphalia||Düsseldorf||573057||849 USD|
Germany is a federal republic and consists of 16 states or, as they are also called, Lands (Länder). Each Land has its own constitution and is autonomous in dealing with internal affairs.
When choosing a language course, pay attention to the Land to which the city belongs, as the German language has pronounced dialects which can greatly complicate listening to speech. There are more than 50 dialects in Germany, which are conditionally divided into three groups: High German, Middle German and Low German. Bavarian, Alemannic, Franconian and dialects of the Low German group are considered as the most incomprehensible.
The capital and largest city of Germany is the heart of the country's cultural, political, and economic life. All this creates ideal conditions for learning not only the language, but also German history, politics, and culture. Berlin is truly international: immigrants from Turkey, Poland, Italy, France, the US, and many other European and Asian countries live here. Thanks to this, students get accustomed not only to standard German pronunciation (Standarddeutsch), but also to distinguished accents from other countries.
The capital of Bavaria and one of the most popular tourist destinations. Particularly attractive to tourists is Oktoberfest, the Bavaria Film Studio film distribution company, and the BMW Welt exhibition center. Language course students in Munich will always find something to do in their free time.
One of the oldest cities in Germany. Narrow cobbled streets, traditional German houses, and many museums give the city a special charm. It is also home to the famous Cologne Cathedral, which is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the summer, various concerts, exhibitions, performances, and festivals are held here.
The second largest city after Berlin, Hamburg is known for its canals, parks, and numerous attractions, including the Hamburger Hafen (the city's port on the Elbe River) and the Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall). Hamburg is home to many well-known language schools, and the dialect (Hamburger Platt) is close to standard German.
A historic university town on the shores of Lake Konstanz in southern Germany. Impressive architecture, museums and galleries, old city tours and cruises — this location is suitable for lovers of a leisurely lifestyle.
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