In the Schöneberg district, a stone’s throw from the main attractions of the capital, our language school offers students a unique opportunity to attend German classes in one of the most beautiful areas of the city.
Many cafés, bars and restaurants can be found along the lively streets of this central district, easily reachable by public transport. From the metro station or the bus stop, you will be two minutes away from the spacious and welcoming premises of our course centre.
Along with its large and bright classrooms, equipped with first-class learning facilities, the school has a conference room, an internet café as well as a spacious lounge, where students can meet up during the breaks and buy refreshments.
The nationality and age mix at ALPADIA - Language Schools Berlin varies over different time periods, courses and levels. Throughout the year, the average age is 23. In the summer, the average age is 20.
ALPADIA does not hold classes on the holiday dates below. The school does not compensate for these holidays, so make sure to choose your start date accordingly.
I like the teachers and classrooms, I think it would be better if all people in the class start at the same time, because I found it hard to make friends when there were people coming and going all the time.Show details » Read more...
I thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks at Alpadia in Berlin. The writing course I was placed in was too easy and the instructor noticed and informed me that I could ask at office to switch into a higher level writing course for the following week, which I did. I enjoyed (re)learning what I forgot about the German language as well as interacting with faculty and teachers. One recommendation would be to improve the wifi speed. Wifi was slow.Show details » Read more...
The class was varied, it was possible to communicate in German thanks to the activities proposed by the teachers, who were engaging and competent.
The structure was well organized and the staff was very willing to meet our needs regarding school hours.
The classes were well organized and the teachers were very good at their job.
The school was a bit hard to find with all the scaffolding around it but was in a rather convenient location for where I was staying.
The activities that the school offered were fun and i wish i had been able to participate in more of them.
The women I was staying with was extremely welcoming and made my first alone international trip much more comfortable.
The building and classrooms were adequate and the used method was fine. I was in a small class, so that was nice.
They work with a system where two teachers share a class, so you can benefit from different styles and personalities. One teacher just did her job plain well, the other teacher also did his job well but also created a great atmosphere.
I would have liked a short personal introduction when a new person enters a group, as I think some personal connection helps the learning process.
I didn't do any of the activities so I cannot tell anything about them.
At the end of the course there was a small celebration where the certificate was handed out, this was quite nice.
Summarizing everything I would recommend the school.
Amazing school, amazing teachers, amazing friends!Show details » Read more...
Everything was great and better than anticipated. I like the rotation of teachers and the curriculum. Everyone in class was friendly and classes were small which facilitate better learning.Show details » Read more...
adequate level assessment
cost for excessive cleaning, € 40 for a week!
During this trip I had the chance to stay in a wonderful family,two grand parents who were really kind with me : they were always here to make dinner, even when I was getting late, they were willing to speak slowly with me when I was asking me ...
Moreover, follow the German course was a great experience, the lessons were incredible, the teacher always here to help us , engaged and pedagogue. I have also made some friends which I am still in contact with.
An experience to do again! Thank you!
I found the classes very intense and I liked them a lot. The teachers, without exception, were excellent and with a great spirit of individual accompaniment in language learning. The classrooms are comfortable and with the necessary resources and adequate for teaching. The activities were varied and that made the learning situations more enjoyable. I am very satisfied with my stay at Alpadia. I do not have any kind of objection or observation to do and I can only thank for the beautiful time that I have spent in those two weeks between you.Show details » Read more...
+ Great facilities, good and friendly teachers, always availableShow details » Read more...
The building was located in a very convenient area near public transportation, shops and restaurants. The classrooms were neat and clean and had plenty of light. I really enjoyed the opportunity to stay until 18:00 in order to use the Internet and prepare for the next day of lessons.
The teachers were all excellent and fun. They related well to all of the students, who very young compared to myself. It didn't matter because I enjoy being around young people and they were all very helpful as was the staff.
I was "thrown" into an A2 Deutsch section in what I thought was an erroneous placement, but I soon discovered a few things about myself. First, I discovered that I knew more German than I thought. I also found that I could follow the conversations between the teacher and other students fairly easily if given the context first. Third, I really enjoyed myself and had fun.
Afternoon/Evening activities occurred almost every day. Monday - Film in German; Tuesday - Stammtisch in a nearby establishment; Wednesday - Tour of the Berlin Victory Column (Siegessaule); Saturday - Visit to the Berlin Jewish Museum. I took part is each of these except for the Film showing. In addition to the Alpadia sponsored activities, I went on my own to the Brandenburg Gate (Tor) on Thursday and the Bundestag on Friday.
My host family was awesome. Klaus, I was told, has been hosting students for years and I had a fantastic experience. Breakfast was simple but the suppers were "made from scratch" culinary treats. I told the Director of Alpadia that if I came back for another course that I would be staying at Klaus' house!
There wasn't anything wrong with this week. Traveling by train and commuting throughout the week on the U-Bahn, buses and the S-Bahn was extremely efficient and invaluable to my language learning experience.
Classes are more modernized than they look in photos. Friendly stuff. They were very kind to me. Helped me with all problem i had. During my stay, i was tаught by several teachers. Each has a different approach and that makes student to learn a lot.Show details » Read more...
Good classes with good teachers! The location was very good, with U-Bahn and S-Bahn near the school.
With more than 10 students in a class was more difficult to learn fast.
The activities were good.
I really liked my teachers. They're opened and very nice. I was very lucky with my location, cause it was a good woman, she was alone and so kind. We've got a lot of transports in Berlin, so that's more easier for coming to the school. The activities were nice, I really appreciated the "stammtisch", interesting and talking to the others from lots of nationalities was so an incredible experience, even if my stay was short in Alpaca Berlin, I really think coming again to this school.
I don't have much things I didn't like.
Location was good and there were good connections by puplic transport. I had home stay accommodation and it was really nice too. I also participated to some of the weekend trips and there were nice way to get to know other students. I liked too the gym that was near the school and I got better price for the gym because of being Alpadia Student.
In the teaching methods there was too much "creativity".I mean that teaching methods concentrated too much on things like: "Imagine how this sentence continues" or: "Tell 10 words that you need to find out before you move to live alone in your own rented flat" etc.. Sometimes I felt I was in kindergarten where teacher tried to force you "imagine" things and to be more "brave" and "creative". During my 4 weeks of stay we wasted hours of time this kind of a uselessness. All of the people there were over 18 years old and they already were brave enough to come to different country alone to learn the language and they are intelligent nice people who have brain to imagine things when needed.
This "creativity" problem was only in "standard course" where in my opinion teacher should concentrate on teaching the grammar and not on being "creative"!
Also the Alpadia-made school books are bad because sometimes it was difficult to understand what you need to do in the exercises. The book was also a bit childis and I would rather use another course books. Many of the exersices in the book needed too little a bit too much "creativity" and it was really, really frusfrating.¨
One thing more I did not like was the attitude that some teachers had for the English language during the lesson. What is more important: That people understand the words and grammar or that only language that is used in the class room is German?
I paid altogether around 3700 euro for the month of learning German language in Berlin and I really think it would have been more important to understand and learn the language than follow some totally senseless attitude of using only German language! Yes, "you can always ask" but it feels stupid to ask all over again something that the teacher kept explaining everything in German so that you didn´t understand. English was reagarded as a "bad thing" and it was definitely not accepted in the classes. There were many nice teachers too who used English when it was the best way to explain some word. I appreaciate those standard course teachers!
First of all the school wasn't far from my guest family . Second the classes was really entertaining and fun . The teachers are great they are really helpful and they way they teach is interseting . The activites are alot and thats a good thing for people who wants different type of activites . The Guest family are really kind and fair .Show details » Read more...
A very good course. I had two good teachers. I learned a lot. We had a good studybook. The class had a good suize, 7 people. I SAS on a field trip a very fun and good afternoon.Show details » Read more...
I had very good teachers.
On the second week we were too many and so I felt we learnt less that we should have.
The activities are nice.
The wifi connection is too weak.
The teachers are very skilled and the material is appropriate, interesting, and useful. The location is excellent, the facilities are efficient, and my housing is fantastic and much better than I had expected.
There is nothing I didn't like.
I will start by saying how grateful I am to the school and teachers of Alpadía. They were always attentive and willing to help at all times.
The classes were most interesting and understandable. The school is in a very good area and near everything. We are talking about a very large city. Also, classes were very interesting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, as we had classes about culture. We visited different museums in Berlin and rode to other cities in Germany. We had a great time and met many students around the world.
I am sure that everything I learned about language and culture will be useful to me for my performance with the language and with talking to German people.
My main teacher (Claudia) was really great. She taught us some things in a playful way, so it was nice to go to school. The school 's location is pretty good; my family lived 10 minutes away by foot. The proposed activities were enough. There were no internet and no television in my apartment. I would have liked to be able to have that benefit . My "mother of hosts" was adorable and cooked well. I had a great stay in Berlin and made beautiful meetings.Show details » Read more...
The teachers were really helpful and friendly. The location was also quite nice and was close to most of the famous spots. The housing was rather costly but sort of worth it. There were two things I was not very happy about. Firstly, when I was already in level A2/2, we were forced to be mixed with level A2/1, which resulted to an unfairness to both of the classes. For A2/2, we spent a whole week to review what we had already learned and for A2/1 they were forced to skip a few lessons because the school needed them to catch up with us. Secondly, I had no idea that I might share the apartment with a guy. I thought it was only for girls. That's why I was quite shocked when I was informed that a guy was moving in. Other than these two things, everything was fine.Show details » Read more...
Is it perverse to call a week of German classes a vacation? It was a vacation for me. I loved the classes. The instruction was excellent. I think I can say that the teaching is great at ESL PROLOG across the board because I worked with four of the PROLOG instructors. It's not just that the pedagogy is sound; these instructors also speak beautiful German. It was a pleasure just to listen to them.
I learned a lot of German in one week, but I was not overburdened with unnecessary homework assignments. I appreciate that. Thank you. Less is definitely more when homework is concerned. It's as if the instructors trusted that I would take what was being presented in the classroom and use it during the free time I had in Berlin - and that is exactly what I did. If we learned in class what a "Rosinenschnecke" is, I asked for one in German the very next morning at the Bäckerei, and presto! Now that word is mine forever. Also, I've come to like them.. A lot.
My classmates were awesome: a diverse group of uniformly enthusiastic, bright young people. I was much older than all of my classmates, but they were so welcoming and friendly. There was a terrific vibe in the classroom.
I like the location of the school - easy access by U-Bahn. (There's a charming coffee shop on the walk from the U-Bahn stop to PROLOG called Double Eye. Are the baristas at Double Eye on the PROLOG payroll? It feels like they might be. They were so unfailingly good-humored about my attempts to order in German.)
Basically, it was a great week. I came home reluctantly, but with a new enthusiasm for learning German. Thank you. I hope to return.
All the classes were very intense and professionally prepared. We practiced a lot of vocabulary but also focused on speaking. I really liked my teachers, the classes were differed and never boring. The school was located in the city centre, in a nice area full of restaurants and shops. It was only a few minutes by bus away from my house. I loved my host family, they were very friendly and made me feel like at home. I wish I could have stayed for longer. The only thing which I can mention as a disadvantage of the school is the arranged activities. There were too few and not very interesting. During the week there was one movie afternoon (watching a German movie in the school), an excursion to the Berliner Mauer Museum (you can as well go there by yourself). I wish they arranged something more interesting and socializing the group. Well, there was a meeting in a nearby Pub arranged but you couldn't take part if you were less than 18.Show details » Read more...
The school is located downtown, very convenient, and has a different activity every day. The teachers are great. I met a lot of new friends from different countries. I love Berlin.Show details » Read more...
The classes, at first, were very small and personal. The pace was very slow, but I guess that is how they have to go. After a while, things got very repetitive and got boring pretty quickly, but it only lasted until we advance to the next level. With more students we got more out of each class, there were more partner exercises where we got to practice our German with each other. The games always make the class more fun, but sometimes you have to deal with the grammar of the language without any fun. Although boring, it is very necessary and I think that the teachers in this school did a very great job with teaching the grammar. Overall, the classes remained at a rather slow pace as once you get the hang of it, you feel like you can move on quicker, but the teachers do not see that sometimes.
There was a time in the B1 level where I had a friend who was in my class leave somewhere and come back a week later. She got placed in the same level as me but in a different classroom. About 2 weeks later, I find out she is 6 or 7 sections ahead of me which really shocked me.
Anyway, ever since beginning B1 the class fun just went downhill. It was boring and repetitive and coming into class was a chore, although you feel you have to because you paid a lot for it. It just does not seem worth it. The only reason worth coming in was to practice your speaking, and hopefully do some good exercises to practice the grammar.
The location is rather easy to get to and the facility itself is very large and clean (though the classes sometimes felt crowded with 12 people).
Overall, if I were to learn a new language again I would only stay for 3-5 months rather than 6.
Quality of teaching really fluctuated, some were fives. Most of the time, I had a three, so if you get lucky you may get awesome teachers.
Now what I can say about my experience. I wish to come again. It was far too short; I had a wonderful time
It is also a little difficult to say what I liked and did not because I was only five days at school, but I had some experiences. I will gladly recommend the school with other people.
For me, everything there was organized so good, and you did find for me accommodation, half board. I stayed in a really wonderful place.
It is difficult for me to find any negative details, since I was there such a short time.
Thank you for offering me to participate in this program.
In a short time in the Premium course, I had 10 teachers, everyone was good. The location is good and easy to reach. The institute was comfortable and mostly with enough resources. The activities where interesting and there were plenty.
The thing I miss were a library with books to improve learning and a microwave to heat the lunch, just to be more comfortable.
The housing was really good, the host was a really nice and helpful person, the room was comfortable and big. I had access to the kitchen internet, and other services, including laundry.
the school is really good, really good teachers and a lot extra acivities... the student really learn german there, but the best is that in this school the students can make really good new friendships and berlin is an amazing city to stayShow details » Read more...
On the whole, I liked the course a lot.
The school location was convenient.
The teachers seem to know a lot and can teach students well, with certain personal approach to each.
The classes were mostly speaking-oriented, which I actually wanted.
I liked extra-curriculum activities, too, especially a trip to Leipzig.
As for the host family and housing, the place and living conditions were fine, though one could expect a bit more hospitality, and a bit less restrictions and nagging every other minute.
Still, generally I see it as a rather positive experience, for I spent most of my time at school and in the wonderful Berlin.
I believe the school is really good, the books are great and the quality of the teachers is great. I even enjoyed that there are so many social activities and there is more about learning. The only thing that I could say is that it is expensive, that's the only reason I didn't come back. :)Show details » Read more...
I was very impressed with the curriculum, as it presented a very direct method for learning how to speak German. Having multiple teachers was a great way to practice under different teaching styles. My classmates were very interesting and I enjoyed learning alongside them. I could not have been more pleased with my living situation. I stayed with the Kapps family, who accepted me into their home and treated me with the utmost hospitality. I had roommates who I spend my afterhours with, practicing and exploring the amazing city of Berlin. It was easily the most exciting six weeks of my life.Show details » Read more...
Me and my business partner atended the course,I felt it was too intence 4 h a day + for beginers,
The main disapointment for me was that my partner got very sick after 4-5 days and could not attend , I too had to miss clases to look after him, I approached the school and asked them after a week or so to please give me a refund or a vaucher to do the course at a nother time.
They asked me for the Doctors certificate, we didnt have one because we didnt request one at the time we went.
They wernt easy and helpfull and this put me off the contact with them,I know there are regulations but I did expect a bit of trust and sympathy.
At the end we I left the course and missed all together more than 7 days
The school is very good, just what i expected. The teachers are very helpful, no complains really. The location is good, it's great that there are so many shops nearby, and it's very doable with public transport. The social activities are good, but the quality varies with the teacher/person leading them. I like the one evening at the 'stamtisch' but maybe some more activities like that would be fun. Like going to dinner, or see a play, or something like that.
The only problem i've had so far is that my host isn't really nice. She has a lot of rules, and she's not very sociable. She never showed me around the neighbourhood, never showed me where the local shops are, where i could do my grocery shopping. or anything like that. I don't really get why she is renting out a room to international students. She doesn't speak english, and most students don't speak german that well in the beginning.
The school was great. The people were really friendly. We switched between two teachers every week. The immersion experience was great, we weren't allowed to speak English in the classroom, and that helped us practice a lot.Show details » Read more...
Homestays are carefully selected and offer students the opportunity to learn more about the local culture in a comfortable setting while studying German in Berlin. These homes are often around 45 minutes away from the school by public transport. Families usually offer affordable meal plans that allow you to sample the local cuisine. If you have special requests or diet restrictions (because of religion or health reasons), please let us know in advance. Your housing starts on the Sunday before your first day of class and ends on the Saturday after your last day of class, unless otherwise noted. Learn more about homestay housing
Student residences are more suitable for an independent student, who is looking for clean, basic accommodation at an economic price. All students must be 18+. Your housing starts on the Sunday before your first day of class and ends on the Saturday after your last day of class, unless otherwise noted. Student residences often do not include any meal plan. Learn more about apartment housing
We cannot apply for visas on behalf of students. However, the school can supply you with all the documentation you need to support your visa application.
Your letter of acceptance will be sent to your home address by regular mail at no charge to you. If you wish to receive your paperwork by express mail, you will be charged 70 € when you register.
The closest airport to the school is Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL).
The school offers airport pickup services. If you wish to be picked up, just give us your flight details and arrival date. The price of a one-way airport transfer from Berlin Tegel Airport is 75 €. You must book your airport transfer in advance when you register.
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In the Schöneberg district, a stone’s throw from the main attractions of the capital, our language school offers students a unique opportunity to attend German classes in one of the most beautiful areas of the city.
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Please note that if a student decides to stay in a shared apartment he will share the apartment together with local people. We regret to inform you that we can not offer any shared apartment for 4 adults and 2 children.
Half board includes breakfast and dinner.
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