Location
  • Germany
Length
1 to 12 weeks
Language
German

Program Details

Language Level
BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
Immersion Level
Intensive Standard
Specialized Courses
Business Medical Professional Specific Purposes Teaching
Class Size
Private Lessons Small Class (1-7)
Weekly Classroom Hours
20
Housing
Apartment Host Family
Age Min.
16

Pricing

Starting Price
500
Price Details
Fees include breakfast, the accommodation, German classes, as well as some visits to different institutions in the city of Halle.
What's Included
Accommodation Classes Some Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Airport Transfers Transportation Travel Insurance Visa
Jan 10, 2022
Aug 31, 2022
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About Program

Intensive & Non-Intensive German Courses: There is no finer place to study German than in Germany itself. The Study German Language in the city of Halle, Germany program is an ideal opportunity to study the German language intensively while living the daily life and meeting new people in Germany. This intensive German course enables participants to learn German from native German speakers. In the city of Halle (Saale), you will be practising the German you are studying in class with local German people. This immersion enables you to learn the language in a shorter time and more effectively.

Our one to one or small group (1-4 students) German language course provides the student with specialised attention that enables him/her to meet language goals. If a student has any particular special need/s, the Excellence Center will do all it can to meet that need and to provide any necessary materials for you

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Program Highlights

  • Intensive & Non-Intensive German in Halle, Germany immerses the students in German language and culture. This means learning is enhanced by daily life and culture.
  • The student can choose to study either Standard German, known as “hochdeutsch”, or spoken German. The student may also combine the two for study.
  • The city of Halle has many options for bolstering language study, such as cinema, theater, libraries, speaking to people on the street, or in shops and cafes.
  • You can choose to live with a German host family, which will provide you with the perfect environment for speaking the language on a daily basis.
  • The Center organizes many social and educational activities in order to gather local Germans, refugees, and program participants together.

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Leonie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My Intensive German Course

The atmosphere is very welcoming. The center invites volunteers from all over to participate in internships, language classes, the teaching program or the journalism program. Many of the people I worked with were in the "Teach English, Learn Arabic/German" program. My original plan was to arrive the summer of 2020 for the Refugee Resettlement Internship. Unfortunately, due to covid, I was not able to. Instead, my plan was to return when it was safer to do so, which I was luckily able to do this summer.

The activities at the center were great. I came in unsure of what my daily life would look like. My first day was calm, and I was quite jet-lagged. The next few days, I spent with my roommates. The next week, a number of new people arrived, who were eager to spend time together. Our first day, the center arranged a tour for us to explore the city. During the tour, we were instructed to get to know each other, with ice breaker questions. We all became so close within that day, and that closeness felt like it had developed weeks or months earlier. Halle is close to many great cities and I was lucky enough to arrive during the 9-euro ticket initiative, where it was cheaper to travel. With my center friends, I traveled to Leipzig (20min away) and Dresden (2hrs away), and also got to visit someone in Plauen.

This year, I will be doing a year-long volunteer service in Berlin, so I wanted to improve my German before doing so. I could only stay for 3 weeks this time, but my teacher Muaz was one of the best I’ve ever had. Not only did we practice grammar and vocabulary exercises in class, but we got day-to-day experience exploring Halle, meeting people, testing vocabulary on the street, in a grocery store and cafe, and having cultural conversations. It’s not what I would have expected for 3 hours a day, but so much more helpful than anything I’ve ever experienced.

Halle is a beautiful city with lots of great qualities. The architecture is beautiful while also older. Unlike some of its neighbors, Halle wasn’t destroyed in the second world war. The city community is vibrant, and community-like. Walking with center staff, everyday we’d run into someone they knew (or two or three). It’s not a tiny city, but not overwhelming and huge. I would highly recommend this program to anyone that wants to travel somewhere new, meet new people and help others!

Pros
  • Community
  • City
  • German lessons
8 people found this review helpful.
Response from The Excellence Center

Hi Hisham,

We are very happy to read your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your German Course at the Excellence Center in Europe. We enjoyed your stay very much.

We wish you all the best and hope to meet you in the future in Germany.

With kind regards,

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Andrey
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My Experience with Intesive German Course at The Excellence Centre

Hey, my name is Andrey Grant, I am a Software Engineer from Australia, and I found Excellence Centre whilst looking for opportunities to study German intensively in Germany. I really wanted to experience Germany, improve German language as well as just to travel and see the world after the Global Pandemic. Given that I travelled alone, it was not only important for me that there is an excellent language program, but that there is an inclusive culture in which I would feel at home despite not knowing anyone in Germany. Reflecting on my experiences over the last 6 weeks in Halle, I can confidently say that the Excellence Centre has satisfied me with all of the above, and in fact much more.

Learning German: Originally, what attracted me to the Excellence centre was their cost effective Intensive German course, with very flexible timelines. The biggest advantage over mainstream German options was that I could adjust exactly when I wanted to start and finish my course, whilst being affordable. I was also hesitant because at A2 level I wasn't certain if I will be able to learn when my teacher taught in German. However, these worries were extinguished on my first day of German lessons. Muaz, my German teacher, has been nothing but amazing and accomodating towards my learning goals. His ability to convey meaning of German words, sentences and grammar in German is superb. I felt like Muaz was invested in my progress and experience in learning German, employing a variety different technqiuese and exercises across speaking, writing, listening and reading, both free form and from conventional textbooks. Furthermore, he was extremely encouranging in me pushing my boundaries, whilst helping me fix my mistake along the way. And all of this all the while following (mostly) with B1 standard topic choice, which means that if i chose to continue with German further, I have B1 background. In summary, I find that learning German at the centre has only strengthened my resolve to continue learning German in future.

Halle and German Culture: Another reason I chose the Excellence centre was its location in Germany. Large cities like Berlin has a strong reputation for being English speaking hubs, where a tourist need practically no German to live. Halle on the other hand, is a relatively small (whilst still being modern) city, where fewer people are able or have desire to speak English. You can still get around by using English, but in my experience only young people will speak English with you unless absolutely necessary. The downside is that even you're somewhat fluent with Hochdeutsch, local accents can be challenging to understand. However over six week period I found that I can somewhat confidently order foods, shop at the supermarkets, get around through the city etc. Additionally, Halle contains a few things to do, such as museum, and historical locations. There is a lot of gorgeous nature around, and I have enjoyed multitude of walks through the city and surrounding forest. The final mention is that German has an amazing public transport system, which enables you to travel between Halle and other cities such as Berlin, Leipzig, etc which you can explore in your time off. I would have to say that whilst Halle has some nightlife, if you're looking for that kind of entertaintment, Berlin or Leipzig have much more to offer.

Day to day things: In addition to paying for lessons, the price of the course also included the stay at an apparentment for six weeks, which made it an even better offer. Rafat and Radwan have been extremely accomodating in helping me settle and purchase several things that the appartment was missing, getting correct public transport tickets and various other things.

The cultural exchange: I think the best way to describe my time at the centre is as Cultural Exchange with German language learning course. I come from Melbourne, Australia, a city known for its multicultural atmosphere, but during my time at the centre I have met an even greater breadth of people. It really serves as a place of multitudes of people coming together: Volunteers,students and teachers from Australia, Palestine, America, Egypt, England, Syria, Morocco, Canada, Mexico and others, coming together to learning and teach various languages as well to share their culture around. I have personally attended 4 Iftars (my best so far), and have eaten more Arabic food than was necessary. In general, everyone at the centre was more than hospitable, and made my stay with the centre feel like being at home

Pros
  • Extremely welcoming enviroment where you are encouraged to succeed
  • Personalised learning for your goals
  • Freedom to do what you want outside of lesson hours
Cons
  • I would say its not fully suitable for complete German beginners, have A2 or higher if you want to get the most out of it
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Response from The Excellence Center

Dear Andry,

Thank you for leaving us an excellent review. We're thrilled you loved your studying German experience in Halle, Germany and we'll be sure to pass along your kind words.

Thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again.

With kind regards,
The Excellence Center in Europe Team

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John
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience Learning German

I came to Halle to learn German. I had not studied it previously, so I decided to make the most of my time here by taking the intensive course. I really enjoyed this option, and at the end of the month I was here, I feel a lot more comfortable with the German language. Halle is a beautiful city, with a lot of old architecture and interesting history. It is also a 30 minute train ride away from Leipzig, another beautiful city. Overall, my experience here was great and I recommend that you come and see for yourself. Rafat was attentive to all of my needs and made sure I was happy during my stay.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
When I arrived in Germany I knew close to no words in German. It was very overwhelming at first, so I did not enjoy my first day here. However, as soon as I met another volunteer, he showed me the ropes and made me feel at home. After that, I felt really comfortable in Halle.
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