How can international students learn German in Germany

20. February 2018
The best and easiest way to learn German language is to attend a German language course in Germany. In fact, we learn a language faster when we are constantly surrounded by it. Attending an intensive German course and constant practice in everyday life will help you to progress quickly. This article provides you with some information about German language courses in Germany, their fees and your visa options.

How can I find the best German language course in Germany?

All around Germany you can find schools, institutes and universities offering German language courses for international students. However, the best place to learn German depends on your own interests and preferences. If you are interested in culture, art and music, Berlin, the capital of Germany, will offer you everything you are looking for. At the same time the surrounding state of Brandenburg will inspire you with peaceful natural settings between forests and lakes, while Berlin City is just a short train ride away.

If studying in Germany is the main purpose of your stay

you should find yourself a super intensive course, with a minimum of 4 hours per day. Even if you start without any prior knowledge, if you are willing to work hard, it might take between nine months and 1 year for you to achieve C1 level (necessary German language level to study at a German university). Nevertheless, it is recommendable to acquire some basic knowledge of German language in advance. The fees for 1 year intensive German course in Germany may vary according to intensity, number of hours, number of students in the classroom and other factors.

What kind of visa do I need to get to attend a German language course in Germany?

There are three visa options to study German in Germany for international students. In case you are planning to attend a German language course for a few weeks only, for example during a holiday stay, you can apply for a tourist visa – which duration doesn’t exceed 90 days. However, since a tourist visa cannot be extended or converted into a longer one, if you are planning to stay longer than 90 days, you might need to apply for a “language course visa” (visa for language learning). In order to get a language course visa, you have to book an intensive language course with at least 18 lessons per week. Last but not least, if your aim is to learn German in Germany and improve your career chances by pursuing university studies in Germany, you will need to apply for a “student applicant visa” in your home country. The required documents for each visa can be found on the website of the responsible German embassy.