Courses for Young Learners
Our program

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Our program

Learn German and meet children and teens from all over the world. Have an enjoyable stay while experiencing the culture in the most scenic regions of Germany, with an extracurricular program packed with sports, music, the arts and plenty of fun activities. The Goethe-Institut offers all of this in its courses for children and teens.

  • Classroom course
  • Three weeks, 15 course days
  • 90 UI*, 30 UI per week
  • Mon.–Fri., mornings, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
    and 2-3 afternoons per week, 2:00 pm–6:30pm
  • Max. class size: 16
  • Courses at levels A1–C1; Not all courses are open to complete beginners. (See information for individual course dates.)
  • Placement test
  • Practice in speaking, listening, reading, writing
  • Participation certificate
  • Opportunity to take exam (depending on course location; exam fee not included)
  • All course materials
  • Sports, culture and leisure-time program included**
  • Four daytrips
  • Medical/accident insurance
  • The price includes the transfer to and from the indicated airports only on the official arrival and departure dates between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.
  • Internet access

Price in 2019:

  • €3,695 including VAT (accommodation and meals included)
Every course in the young learners program has its own blog during the course: blog.goethe.de/jugendkurse

* UI = 45-minute unit of instruction

** We do not offer activities posing increased risks to individuals or groups or involving potential liability risks for the Goethe-Institut or participants (e.g. theme parks, tobogganing, boulder climbing, rafting, free climbing).
  • Classroom course
  • Two weeks, 10 course days
  • 60 UI*, 30 UI per week
  • Mon. – Fri., mornings, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
    and 2-3 afternoons per week, 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Max. class size: 16
  • Courses at levels A1 to C1
  • Placement test
  • Practice in speaking, listening, reading, writing
  • Participation certificate
  • Opportunity to take exam (depending on course location; exam fee not included)
  • All course materials
  • Sports, culture and leisure-time program**
  • Two daytrips
  • Medical/accident insurance
  • The course price includes the transfer to and from the indicated airport(s) only on the official arrival and departure dates between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.
  • Internet access

Price in 2019:

  • €2,595 including VAT (accommodation and meals included)
Every course in the young learners program has its own blog during the course: blog.goethe.de/jugendkurse

* UI = 45-minute unit of instruction

** We do not offer activities posing increased risks to individuals or groups or involving potential liability risks for the Goethe-Institut or participants (e.g. theme parks, tobogganing, boulder climbing, rafting, free climbing).
German for children, 9–12 years of age
Three weeks, 90 UI, 30 UI per week

German for teens, 12–15 years of age
Three weeks, 90 UI, 30 UI per week
Two weeks, 60 UI, 30 UI per week

German for teens, 14–16 years of age
Three weeks, 90 UI, 30 UI per week

German for teens, 14–17 years of age
Three weeks, 90 UI, 30 UI per week

German for teens, 16–17 years of age
Three weeks, 90 UI, 30 UI per week

UI = 45-minute unit of instruction
Unterricht © Plainpicture, Maskot German for all levels
To get the young learners in our teen courses off to a running start, we begin with a placement test. That helps to make sure that everyone is placed in the right course level.

Communicative and interactive
Learning German at the Goethe-Institut means actively experiencing and using the language in pairs and in groups, for example through role plays, with interviews or in projects. The lessons are suited to the various age groups and contain plenty of variety. Speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar are linked in a meaningful way, quickly familiarizing the young learners with the German language. The teaching language is German, of course.

Experience Germany
In the leisure time program, the participants have enjoyable and informal opportunities to try out what they are learning in the lessons. An integral part of the teaching program are the excursions with the teachers to learn about Germany and its people. Immersion in a German-speaking environment, combined with our effective teaching methods, will ensure more fun for the learners as they see for themselves how quickly they are picking up the language.
Freizeitprogramm © Shutterstock, YanLev Programs for the entire day
With our varied and action-packed leisure program, boredom doesn’t stand a chance. Every day our team of counselors offers a wide range of sports as well as creative, musical or cultural activities.
 
Sporting activities for all interests

The boarding schools where the courses take place are situated in scenic areas and have attractive indoor and outdoor sports facilities. With full supervision, the participants can play soccer, handball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, badminton, table tennis and billiards, among other sports. They can also go cycling, hiking and swimming. Depending on the course location, various special activities such as riding, golf, rowing, canoeing, sailing, climbing and much more may be available.
 
Designing and creating – while having fun

Creative activities such as theater, mime, painting, pottery, crafts, musical performances, film making, photo contests, and writing the course blog are always a big part of our courses – not to mention games, barbecues, disco nights and movies.
 
Experience the culture

We take our learners to plenty of places, for example to see the local sights and museums, exhibitions, concerts, theater and movies. We also organize guided outings. That is an excellent way of getting to know Germany.
Unterkunft © A. J. Schmidt Locations of Young Learners Courses

Our young learners courses take place at respected boarding schools, sports academies, youth guesthouses and conference centers in Germany's most scenic regions. The classrooms and dormitories are situated on a campus along with the sports facilities and green spaces.
 
The schools generally have several common rooms, games rooms, music rooms, and recreational and sports facilities, both indoors and outdoors.

 
The rooms


In the boarding schools double rooms and dorm-style multi-bed rooms are available with a shower and WC. Boys and girls are accommodated separately.
 
Rooms are shared by children and teens of the same age from different countries. In this international setting they are quick to make friends.
 
Boys and girls stay on separate floors or in different houses.
 
Depending on the course location, showers and toilets are located in each room or on the same hallway.
 
Towels and bed linen are provided and are changed on a regular basis.


Check-in and check-out
 
Between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm, only on the official arrival and departure days
 

All meals are included.

Full board means three substantial meals a day with plenty of variety, including a warm midday meal or a packed lunch on excursion days. It also includes a selection of refreshments and snacks during course breaks and in the afternoon.

To leave enough time for the leisure activities in the evening, the evening meal is relatively early on some days and may take the form of a cold buffet.

On the arrival day, the meal plan begins with lunch or dinner, and on departure day the final meal is breakfast or lunch, depending on the departure time.

The children and teens have their meals together and afterwards clear the tables.

Vegetarian meals and dishes without pork are available at all mealtimes. We regret that we cannot offer Halal cooking or special mealtimes during Ramadan.

Food allergies and special dietary needs

Please let us know in advance of any special dietary habits (vegetarian meals, no pork, etc.) so that the boarding school kitchen can prepare accordingly and take your child's needs into account – especially in case of serious food allergies, etc.
 
Team © Goethe-Institut The course management
Our course coordinators have plenty of experience in working with children and teens. On the campus they are responsible for organizing the lessons, the sports, culture and leisure-time program, and also for health and safety. They are available to the course participants and their parents at all times for any questions and suggestions, and are always ready to help or provide advice. Parents can contact the course coordinators by e-mail or telephone.
 
The teachers

The young participants in the Young Learners Program benefit from the expertise and qualifications of our teachers. Each class has its own class teacher. The lessons, with a maximum class size of 16, are planned by the teachers with the age group in mind. The activities are varied, with plenty of changes of pace. Classroom activities take the form of a playful, interactive process. Naturally our teachers respond to individual abilities and learning objectives and are pleased to help when learners have special requests.
 
The counselors 
Our counselors are there for the course participants 24 hours a day. They plan the sports, cultural and leisure-time activities with the participants' wishes in mind. The counselors are available to deal with all everyday questions and concerns that arise during the course. They are handpicked by the Goethe-Institut for these courses and have plenty of experience in working with children and teens. On average, at least one counselor is available for a maximum of 16 course participants. The younger the participants, the more intensive the support by the counselors. This ensures the best possible leisure-time program and the right level of supervision.