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.


  • 3 weeks, 15 days of lessons
  • intensive course from Monday to Friday
  • 90 UI in total, 30 UI per week
  • maximum class size: 16
  • courses at levels A2 — C1generally no beginners
  • placement test
  • participation certificate
  • exam opportunities depending on the course location
  • all course materials
  • sports, culture and leisure-time program
  • accommodation at the boarding school (or conference center)
  • full board
  • intensive support and supervision
  • four excursions
  • health/accident insurance
  • The transfer to and from the indicated airports on the arrival and departure dates between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm is included.
  • Internet access
Every course in the young learners program has its own blog during the course: blog.goethe.de/jugendkurse

  • 2 weeks, 10 days of lessons
  • intensive course from Monday to Friday
  • 60 UI in total, 30 UI per week
  • maximum class size: 16
  • courses at levels A1 — C1
  • placement test
  • participation certificate
  • all course materials
  • sports, culture and leisure-time program
  • accommodation at the boarding school (or conference center)
  • full board
  • intensive support and supervision
  • two excursions
  • health/accident insurance
  • The transfer to and from the indicated airports on the arrival and departure dates between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm is included.
  • Internet access
Every course in the young learners program has its own blog during the course: blog.goethe.de/jugendkurse

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

UI = 45-minute unit of instruction

Unterricht
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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
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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
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Carefully selected course locations

Our young learners courses take place at well-known boarding schools, sports academies, conference centers and hotels in Germany's most scenic regions. The classrooms and dormitories are situated on a campus along with the sports facilities and green spaces.
 
Comfortable accommodation

The boarding schools have double rooms and dorm-style multi-bed rooms with a shower and WC. Boys and girls are accommodated separately. Some course locations offer single rooms, in some cases for an extra charge.
 
Meals with plenty of variety

Full board includes three substantial meals a day with plenty of variety. It also includes a selection of refreshments and snacks during course breaks and in the afternoon. Vegetarian meals and dishes without pork are available at all mealtimes. We regret that we cannot offer Halal cooking or special mealtimes during Ramadan.

Team
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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.

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