German - intensive

Our partner school's philosophy is that an essential part of German language learning is getting to know about German culture and art as well. So as part of the programme, (some at extra cost), there are some half day and full day excursions to enjoy. This helps bring life and energy to learning German and helps you progress more quickly.

Our price promise

If you find this course cheaper elsewhere, we will match the price and give you a £50 voucher when you book*.

*Applies only to like-for-like dates at the same school on the same course for the same duration.


Minimum entry requirements

Course format

  • Length of study: From 1 week
  • Lessons per week: 30
  • Maximum class size: 12
  • Typical student age: 18 - 45
  • Typical student mix:
    66% European, 19% Far Eastern, 15% Middle Eastern

Dates and fees

  • Course starts eachMon
  • Tuition fees: From 300.00 EUR

    Tuition length options

    • 1 week: 300.00 EUR
    • 2 weeks: 540.00 EUR
    • 3 weeks: 795.00 EUR
    • 4 weeks: 1040.00 EUR
    • 5 weeks: 1285.00 EUR
    • 6 weeks: 1530.00 EUR
    • 7 weeks: 1775.00 EUR
    • 8 weeks: 2020.00 EUR
    • 9 weeks: 2265.00 EUR
    • 10 weeks: 2510.00 EUR
    • 11 weeks: 2755.00 EUR
    • 12 weeks: 2820.00 EUR
    • 13 weeks: 3025.00 EUR
    • 14 weeks: 3230.00 EUR
    • 15 weeks: 3435.00 EUR
    • 16 weeks: 3640.00 EUR
    • 17 weeks: 3845.00 EUR
    • 18 weeks: 4050.00 EUR
    • 19 weeks: 4255.00 EUR
    • 20 weeks: 4460.00 EUR
    • 21 weeks: 4665.00 EUR
    • 22 weeks: 4870.00 EUR
    • 23 weeks: 5075.00 EUR
    • 24 weeks: 5280.00 EUR
  • Compulsory fees

    • Our admin fee: 49 EUR
  • Other expenses:

Course overview

This intensive German course builds on the four fundamentals of language: listening, writing, reading and speaking. ‘Free’ class discussions, role-playing and conversation help develop verbal expression, vocabulary and good sentence structure. 

As well as the standard lessons there are ten mini group lessons each week with no more than 6 students to help you focus on the things that matter to you.

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 labour, history of Berlin, cultural identity.

Teaching method

Our partner school in Berlin teaches in tandem, with two teachers responsible for every class, and alternating at every break. That way students get to hear more than one voice and speaking style. The focus is on the following:

  • Communicative approach with teachers encouraging students to speak as much as possible
  • Teachers continuously correct students and encourage them to repeat and do better
  • German is the only language spoken in class, from the first day onwards


All teachers are native speakers between 26 and 45 and have an academic background with degrees – for example – in German language and/or literature They all have recognised teacher training qualifications and most of them have been with GLS for many years.

The teachers are enthusiastic and give excellent communicative tuition which combines the function of a coach and a teacher.

Many of the school’s teachers have expertise in other fields (photography, journalism, business consultancy etc) which inspire their teaching and make them interesting people to talk to.



Teaching materials

Text books: studio d, Themen aktuell (levels A0 – A2), Aspekte, Mittelpunkt, em (levels B1, B2, C1),Oberstufenbuch (level C2) – GLS constantly monitor new publications and may employ additional text books that seem appropriate.

Hand-outs like newspaper articles, literature etc.

Multimedia-teaching with CDs, OHP, video and video camera

For self study students can borrow books and audio tapes from the library


The school offers a daily activity programme to complement and enhance your language studies. Each week there is a list of activities available, posted in the student common room. So activities are free. Others there is a small charge.

Activities include such things as a boat trip around Museum Island or a bike tour along the Berlin wall. 

At night GLS guides take you to Friedrichshain: a young and rather alternative district famous for its nightlife


There are also trips on offer to see "Kunstwerke", one of the best addresses for independent art in all of Europe - the cafe there has good cakes! Your author of this masterpiece has eaten far too many cakes at this wonderful cafe and is now on a diet!!

At the week end the school gives you the opportunity to go on full day excursions (extra cost), with a GLS guide to places such as Potsdam, or to Sachsenhausen, a former concentration camp. Every second week the school arranges excursions to places further away like Dresden, Hamburg or Leipzig.

GLS Berlin German Language Courses Timetable 

Day → Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Note: This is a sample programme only and subject to change / alteration. T1 and T2 refer to teacher one and teacher two.
08:00 to 09:00 Breakfast            
Morning sessions: 09:00 to 12:30 Arrivals Orientation/Placement test/Classes T1 Classes T1 Classes T1 Classes T1 Classes T1 Full day excursion 
Classes T2 Classes T2 Classes T2 Classes T2 Classes T2
12:30 to 14:00 Lunch            
Afternoon sessions: 14:00 to 18:00 Arrivals Classes Afte​rnoon excursion in Berlin Classes Seminar on German culture Classes Full day excursion
19:00 to 20:15 Dinner            
Evening activities: 20:15 to 23:00 Arrivals GLS Stammtisch At leisure At leisure At leisure Evening excursion to Berlin At leisure
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