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German language summer programs for teens in Germany and Austria

Jugendcamps Photo: Rawpixel/McKinsey

From the first word to full language competence

Due to the Corona Crisis, there are only Online Courses this year. From 2021 there will be our classic language camps and our themed camps for young people again. We will publish the new dates shortly.

Learning a new language can be a lot of fun, despite all the work that vocabulary and grammar demand. To be able to communicate better and better, to recognize and understand subtleties and nuances, these things can lead to a tremendous sense of achievement. Learning a new language is often easier for children and teenagers than for adults, so it makes sense for young people to learn German in a language camp for teenagers with participants from all over the world. 
 
Although it is a long way from a beginner's course with the designation A1 to the “Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom” at level C2, with a youth language camp in Germany or Austria our participants can make great strides along this path in a short period of time. In three weeks, or in some cases only two weeks, the children and young people not only learn German in class, but also get first-hand experience of the country and its people.

Additionally, they learn how to live together in an international group and having a lot of fun doing so. The German courses of the Goethe-Institut summer camps are organized in six different levels of difficulty, which correspond to the six-level scale of competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

Further information

Hannah, 23, supervisor on the youth camps Photo: Goethe-Institut/Thomas Koy

“We manage to get along with each other on the courses in a peaceful, happy and tolerant manner – so you think to yourself: it's not that difficult and it must be possible for the rest of the world to manage!”

Hannah, 23, supervisor on the youth camps

Choose a topic, a place and your level of difficulty

The German language summer camps of the Goethe-Institut offer many choices concerning the places where our camps take place. Our camps in the major German cities of Berlin and Cologne are dubbed City Camps. In the medium-sized cities typical for Germany, such as Aachen, Karlsruhe, Freiburg or Bremen, it is easier to find your way around and get to know the local qualities.

A youth language camp in the countryside is a special experience for nature lovers, whether in picturesque Upper Bavaria, in the Alps of Austria or in the middle of the Palatinate Forest. A major factor for the choice of the right language camp is the level of difficulty that is taught there. At the Kids Camp in Michelbach, we start at the very beginning with level A1, at some youth camps, such as in Berlin-Wannsee, you can reach C2, the highest level of competence.

On top of this, some youth language camps have a special topic as a focus, such as the Green Future Camp in Benediktbeuern, which deals with climate and environmental protection issues, or the Uni Camp in Bremen, which is particularly suitable for young people who are considering studying in Germany. With a passed exam, all participants have an internationally recognized certificate of their German language skills. 
Any other questions? +49 89 15921-800 We would be happy to advise you: jugend@goethe.de
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