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German language summer programs in Berlin-Ostkreuz

Berlin-Ostkreuz © Daniel Brosch on Unsplash

This is where it's all happening.

Not far from the trendy neighborhoods, Simon-Dach-Straße and Boxhagener Platz, with numerous bars and cafés, the Spree for boat trips and the Museum Island for cultural input – this is a language-learning holiday between Berlin's hotspots. Be sure not to miss a visit to the Reichstag or the Sanssouci palace in Potsdam. The Goethe-Institut City Camp for young adults from 18 to 21 is an exciting combination of learning German and experiencing Berlin, with international flair and a typical Berlin neighborhood.

Youth camps

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Learn German in Germany's capital city

Participants of the language camp live and learn in a beautiful accommodation, where they are housed during the three weeks of the course in 3-, 4- or 5-bed rooms with shower and bathroom. The impressive building in the style of the Mark Brandenburg brick Gothic was built as a school in 1907.

The lessons during the week are divided into two or three blocks each weekday, where the students will practice reading and writing as well as speaking and listening. At the end of a week, 28 hours of German lessons will give our participants new language skills they can try out right away in Berlin. This includes a visit to the Bundestag, the parliament of Germany, where our students can listen to parliamentarians from all over Germany. At a flea market on Boxhagener Platz, our course participants can haggle to get a bargain souvenir from their German course in Berlin.

Three meals a day as well as drinks and refreshments during the class breaks and in the afternoon leave nothing to be desired. A vegetarian option and dishes without pork are offered alternatively. After all the lessons and meals, our extensive sports program, including basketball, volleyball, soccer and jogging, as well as city tours, will ensure that our students stay physically fit, as well. 


Trendy Ostkreuz Photo: Getty Images

Trendy Ostkreuz

Since the 1990s, the area has developed into the trendy neighbourhood of Berlin, offering a wide range activities to relax.

World city Berlin Photo: Getty Images

World city Berlin

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Potsdam’s palaces Photo: Colourbox.de

Potsdam’s palaces

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The best of Berlin on your doorstep

The location of our language camp makes every Berlin tourist envious: it’s sitting on the border of the districts Lichtenberg and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, our students live in the middle of the most typical Berlin scene district. Everything is colorful, there is music everywhere, small boutiques and second hand shops are on every corner.

The Ostkreuz train station is right across the street, it is a traffic junction in Berlin, from which trains and buses can be taken in all directions. Whether it's Museum Island with the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and the world-famous bust of Nefertiti, the Gendarmenmarkt with the French Cathedral or a visit to the Wall Museum and the East Side Gallery, you can spend days and days just with sightseeing in Berlin.

A typical Berlin summer weekend would not be complete without a visit to the Wannsee, dubbed the “bathing tub of Berlin”, or a river cruise across the Spree. A dose of the more unusual can be found in the computer games museum in Friedrichshain, the sugar museum or the spy museum, showing some typical Berlin craziness.

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

Any other questions? We would be happy to advise you: jugend@goethe.de