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DeutschAkademie Sprachschule für Deutschkurse in Hamburg

Mönckebergstraße 11
20095 Hamburg Deutschland

Tel : +49-40-300 393 66

 

FAQ: German courses in Hamburg

 

1. Before starting German courses in Hamburg at DeutschAkademie

1.1. When do I have to register for my German courses in Hamburg?

The sooner the better. There are never more than 11 students in our German courses in Hamburg, which means that we can only accept a limited number of participants.

1.2. Up to which date should I register for my German course in Hamburg at the latest?

If you want to do German courses at a particular time of day, you should apply at least 3-4 weeks before the German courses start. Registrations at short notice will also be considered, as long as there are still places available. But don’t be disappointed if there are no places left for your desired German course in Hamburg or a particular time of day, as many German courses at DeutschAkademie Hamburg are booked out in advance.  As a rule of thumb: If you want to reserve a German course in Hamburg, you should do so at least 2-3 weeks before the start of the course.

1.3. How can I register for German courses at DeutschAkademie Hamburg?

If you live in Hamburg, call in at our office. Here you can book or reserve German courses, and we have time to pick out the right German courses for you.

If you are not in Hamburg or if you live abroad, you can reserve your German courses by e-mail or by registering on our webiste. As soon as you have transferred the course fees for your German courses, simply send us a copy of the payment receipt (transfer form), and we will keep a place in the German course open for you. As soon as the money comes into our account, we will make a firm booking for you.

1.4. How does a reservation from abroad work?

Please send us an e-mail or register on our website. If you are reserving your German courses at DeutschAkademie Hamburg from outside of Germany, it is best to transfer the course fee four weeks in advance, to make sure you get a course place at DeutschAkademie Hamburg.

1.5. Will DeutschAkademie Hamburg help me with my visa application?

You can apply for a visa at the responsible German Embassy in your home country. We are glad to send an enrolment confirmation of your German courses in Hamburg directly to the Embassy. However, we can only do so if you have paid for your German courses. If you wish to have the enrolment confirmation sent by post, you must first pay the postage.

1.6. Where in Hamburg is the German language school located? Where will my German courses take place?

Our language school is in the center of Hamburg, very close to the main station “Hamburg Hauptbahnhof”. Address: Mönckebergstraße 11, 20095 Hamburg. We are very easy to get to by public transport.

OFFICE HOURS: Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Telephone: (+49) 040 30039366

By the way, this is the address of our second school with course rooms: Glockengießerwall 22, 20095 Hamburg. It is also in the city center and very easy to get to by public transport.

1.7. How can I pay for my German courses in Hamburg?

If you are already in Hamburg, it is best to pass by personally at DeutschAkademie and pay cash for your German courses. Our office is at Mönckebergstraße 11.

If you are not in Hamburg or if you live abroud, you are also welcome to pay for your courses by making a bank transfer. In this case it is most important that we receive documentation of the transfer by e-mail. As soon as the money arrives in our account, we will make a firm booking for your German courses in Hamburg.

Our bank details:

Recipient: DeutschAkademie

Bank account number: 3464773

BLZ: 10070024

IBAN: DE13100700240346477300

BIC/SWIFT-Code: DEUTDEDBBER

Bank: Deutsche Bank

1.8. How am I allocated to a German course level?

We have various tests you can do. Generally, one or two written tests will suffice. Sometimes an oral test is also necessary to allocate you to a German course. We take the time to recommend the most appropriate level for you based on your learning history and placement test results.

1.9. How can I take a German placement test?

If you live in Hamburg, just call in at our office during office hours. It is always better if we can also speak to you and listen to you in person. That way, we can give you the best possible advice for your German courses.

If you don’t live in Hamburg: We are also happy to send you a test by e-mail. As general rule: We can’t reserve any German courses in Hamburg for you until you have done a test – unless you are a complete beginner.

1.10. Can I also take out cancellation insurance for my German courses in Hamburg?

Yes. You can change or cancel the course free of charge up to 14 days before the course starts. There is the option to take out a cancellation insurance when paying for the courses:

  • Insurance for non-commencement of the course: The cancellation insurance costs 3 % of the total German course fee. It covers the costs of your course in Hamburg if you or a family member becomes ill within two weeks before the start of the course and you are unable to attend the German course for this reason. However, the insurance can only cover the costs if you bring a medical certificate. The certificate can be written in German or English.

Caution: The cancellation insurance only guarantees a refund of the course fee before the beginning of the course.

  • Insurance for course cancellation: The cancellation insurance costs 10 % of the total course fee. It covers the costs of your course proportionally in case you or a family member becomes ill or due to professional commitments. The cancellation insurance can only cover the costs if you bring a medical certificate or proof from your employer. These can be written in German or English.

 

2. All about the German courses in Hamburg

2.1. What are the German course levels in Hamburg?

We have 12 German course levels in Hamburg, from the complete beginner’s level to the upper level. (A1(1) – C2(2)) We offer German intensive courses in Hamburg and individual tuition at all levels. For advanced students, we also offer special German grammar and conversation courses (semi-intensive courses).

2.2. What German courses are available at DeutschAkademie Hamburg?

Generally, there are intensive German courses in Hamburg beginning once every month and lasting four weeks. Teaching takes place four times a week for three hours each time, but there can be exceptions. German grammar and conversation courses begin at the same time as the intensive German courses but are only taught twice a week for three hours. You can find more information here: https://www.deutschakademie.de/hamburg-german-course/german-course/prices/

2.3. How much progress will I make in a German course at DeutschAkademie Hamburg?

We have very good German teachers and high-quality courses. In every one of our German courses you will make a decided improvement in your German language level. Please keep in mind that the learning success also depends on how much German you speak in your free time and how much effort you put into learning grammar and doing your homework.

2.4. At what time do the German courses start?

For our intensive courses, there are four different time slots you can choose from:

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

11:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

6:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

2.5. Can I choose the time of my German course?

Yes, the time for the German intensive courses can be chosen. Please make sure to register / to make a reservation in time so that you can get a course place at your desired time. Please take note that morning (8:30 – 11:30 a.m.) and evening (6:15 – 9:15 p.m.) German courses usually fill up very early. Should you decide on a morning or evening German course, you should reserve your place as early as possible.

2.6. When does the next German course at DeutschAkademie Hamburg begin?

You can find our German intensive course dates here:

https://www.deutschakademie.de/hamburg-german-course/german-course/dates/

The teacher may arrange differing times in agreement with the students.

2.7. Are there still course places available for my preferred course date?

Simply send us an e-mail or ring us up. We are happy to help you! E-Mail-Address: hamburg@deutschakademie.de; phone number: +49 40 300 393 66

2.8. Can I extend my stay in Hamburg during the German course?

Certainly, you can do that. We are always pleased if our students have such a good time that they want to stay longer! And many do just that.

2.9. Is the German language course in Hamburg held on public holidays?

No, there are no German courses on public holidays. Our teachers may catch up on missed classes on other days.

2.10. Is the German course recognized by the University of Hamburg?

To be 100% sure, we recommend asking the respective institution prior to the start of the course. We are always happy to provide you with a free enrolment confirmation before the course or a confirmation of attendance after you finished the course.

2.11. Is private German tuition also available?

Yes. We are happy to organize one or more German private lessons at your chosen time of day. The advantage of having one-to-one lessons is that you have a teacher who specifically considers the language areas that you would like to improve.

 

3. German course costs

3.1. How much does a German course at DeutschAkademie cost? What are the additional costs?

An intensive German course costs € 295. In addition, there is a book for € 20 – 21, an optional certificate for € 4 and potential photocopying costs of about € 1 – 3. The grammar and conversation courses cost € 147,50 each. The Pluscourse costs € 95.

3.2. How can I pay?

You can pay either by cash at our office or by bank transfer.

3.3. Can I also pay in my own currency?

The important thing is that we receive the right amount in euros. For that reason, we recommend you transfer the amount in euros.

3.4. When do I have to pay?

We can only make a firm reservation once you have paid. So please pay as early as possible.

3.5. What are the bank transfer details of DeutschAkademie?

Students from outside Germany or corporate clients can pay by bank transfer. Payment from outside Germany should be made one month in advance.

Our bank details:

Recipient: DeutschAkademie

Konto-Nr.: 3464773

BLZ: 10070024

IBAN: DE13100700240346477300

BIC/SWIFT-Code: DEUTDEDBBER

Bank: Deutsche Bank

3.6. Is there an enrolment fee?

No. You can also do the placement test with us free of charge. The only costs we will charge you are: the course, the book, photocopying and – if you have requested it – the certificate.

3.7. Why should I pay for the following class as early as possible and why does DeutschAkademie only accept fees in one payment?

The main goal of DeutschAkademie is to offer its customers the best quality and price possible. Therefore, we require payments at one time. Introducing a different system of payment would involve new costs for us and then we would be forced to increase our tuition fees significantly. By paying for the following class as early as possible, you also ensure you have a place, a place in the group and with the teacher you want.

 

4. Prerequisites for the German course

4.1. What must I be able to do, in order to be able to participate in a German course at DeutschAkademie?

If you come from a country where different characters are used for writing, you must be able to read and write our script. Otherwise you must first attend an alphabet course.

4.2. Can I even attend a German course, if I don’t yet speak a word of German?

Certainly, you can do that. We have many beginners from all over the world in our German language school. You would start with the A1(1) level.

4.3. What about if I’ve already learned some German?

Then we carry out a placement test, in writing in every case and possibly also an oral test.

4.4. Can students under 16 years old also attend the school?

Unfortunately, not. Our school specializes in adults, and so only teaches students from the age of 16.

4.5. Can I change course level, if I feel over- or under-challenged?

Don’t worry – our placement tests are very accurate. But should you nevertheless be placed in the wrong level, we will find a solution for you.

4.6. Can I still learn something, if I can already speak German very well?

Of course. We have the right German course for every level of knowledge.

4.7. How much German must I know, in order not to have to go into the course for absolute beginners?

There is a test for that too. It is important that you are able to form simple complete sentences in the present tense. Of course, this still involves a relatively small vocabulary. But we can only come to a definite decision on that with a test.

4.8. What is the language of instruction?

The language of instruction is always German. This is the only way you can learn the German language quickly.

4.9. Are there teachers who speak my native language?

Teaching is, in principle, always conducted in German. That means that the German teacher will normally not speak in your language, even if he or she can do so. Many of our teachers have also taught in other countries and speak several foreign languages fluently. Usually, there are no communication problems.

4.10. How many pupils are there in a group?

The German class size is limited to 11 students. This allows our students to learn faster and better than in larger groups.

4.11. What teaching materials are used?

We get our books from Hueber-Verlag and Klett-Verlag, for the basic level “Menschen” and for the intermediate level “Sicher! Deutsch als Fremdsprache” and “Aspekte Neu”. Furthermore, the “EM-Übungsgrammatik” book from Hueber-Verlag is used in our grammar courses. Our teachers also use their own German course materials and exercises which are tailor-made for their groups. Additionally, they carry out listening exercises from the book and think up games for variety and motivation to give the learning process an interesting and communication-oriented form.

4.12. What sort of training do DeutschAkademie teachers have?

All our teachers are specialists. Most of them have a degree in teaching German as a foreign language. With us you will find the best teaching conditions: trained, experienced German teachers.

4.13. Do I have to buy my own textbooks?

No. You can also buy your books here in our office. They cost € 20 – 21 but are not included in the price of the German course.

 

5. Our students

5.1. How old are the German course participants on average?

The typical age of our course participants is very mixed. Many of them are school or university students, but also people in the workforce attend our German courses. A lot of our students are between 20 and 35 years old. But all ages are represented, and relations between them are very relaxed.

5.2. What sort of people do German language courses at DeutschAkademie?

Anyone who would like to learn German. No-one feels isolated with us. Almost all nationalities are represented. It doesn’t matter which continent or which country you come from, you are welcome to learn German with us and find many friends.

5.3. What is the “Stammtisch”?

Our students are very important to us and therefore we organize the Stammtisch. Once a month, students and their friends, teachers and employees of DeutschAkademie meet and spend a fun and relaxed evening in a nice German restaurant together. The goal of our Stammtisch is not only to make contacts, but also to speak German in a pleasant environment. Fun games, a cozy atmosphere and lots of fun are guaranteed!

 

6. Course results and certificates

6.1. What sort of improvement in my linguistic abilities in German can I expect?

How big it will be can be found in our course program. Alternatively, you can get a competent consultation in our customer office. Since we have very small groups, the progress is great.

6.2. Do I get a certificate?

Depending of your teacher, you can get a certificate at the end of the course. A certificate costs € 4,-.

6.3. Do I receive an officially recognised certificate?

Please note that we do not offer officially recognised certificates because you cannot pay an exam fee and take an exam at the end of the course period at DeutschAkademie. The reason for this is that we would like to keep our courses as flexible and affordable as possible. In addition to a normal certificate (€ 4,-), we can issue you a confirmation of attendance free of charge.

6.4. Can I prepare for recognized examinations?

Our program is based on the curriculum of the Goethe-Institut and therefore prepares you specifically for the Central Intermediate Level Examination or the German Intermediate Level Examination. However, we do not currently offer courses specifically for exam preparation.

6.5. What is the pass rate of DeutschAkademie students?

So far, none of our students has failed. Our goal is to give you the best possible preparation. You should never have to pay the examination fee twice.

 

7. Accommodation

7.1. Does DeutschAkademie Hamburg also offer accommodation?

No. Due to organizational reasons, we do not offer accommodation, but we are happy to give you tips on where you could look for accommodation.

 

8. Visa and admission to the University of Hamburg

8.1. What do I have to do to get my visa or my residence permit?

The first thing you need if you want to study in Hamburg (Germany) is a confirmation of admission to the University of Hamburg. You need this admission in order to be able to apply for your student visa at the German Embassy in your home country.

8.2. And what if I don’t get a visa? Am I still obliged to pay for the whole German course?

If you forward the visa refusal to us at the latest one week before German classes begin, you will get your money back. If we have already sent a confirmation of enrolment to the Embassy or incurred other expenses, you must bear these expenses.

8.3. What do I need for admission to the University of Hamburg?

To be allowed to become a student at the University of Hamburg, you need the German Abitur or an equivalent qualification which entitles you to study at a university. You must also already be enrolled at a university in your home country (both for the same period of time and for the same field of study). Students from certain Asian countries must also establish that they have already studied for a certain period at home. You must also be able to prove a knowledge of German. So, if you did not learn German in school, you must learn German before starting your study.

8.4. Is my secondary school certificate recognized in Germany?

You can find out whether your school-leaving certificate is recognized in Germany on this page: https://www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de/html/de/anerkennung_im_schulbereich.php

8.5. Where do I get detailed information about enrolment in the University of Hamburg?

The University of Hamburg has its own homepage to answer your questions and also offers the possibility of enrolling online (https://www.uni-hamburg.de/en.html) and having information sent to you. These are designed specifically for your home country.

8.6. Will my course confirmation be recognized by the magistrate or the embassy for a visa?

After you have been classified into a course and have paid the course fee, you will receive a registration confirmation. Usually, this is sufficient for a visa application. However, we recommend that you discuss this matter with the magistrate or your embassy prior to booking the course.

 

9. University study

9.1. What should I pay attention to in choosing my course of study?

What you can study here in Hamburg depends on what you have been studying in your home country. You will only receive the admission to study for the field of study you have been studying in your home country.

9.2. What can I study at the University of Hamburg?

A list of the fields of study can be found on the following page of the University of Hamburg: https://www.uni-hamburg.de/en/campuscenter/studienangebot.html

9.3. How high are the university fees?

The amount of tuition depends on your home country. It costs € 328 for citizens of the EU and you do not have to pay any tuition fees for many countries. It is worthwhile to inquire. Here you can find more information: https://www.uni-hamburg.de/en/campuscenter/studienorganisation/studienverlauf/beitraege-gebuehren/semesterbeitrag.html

9.4. Can I start my German course and university studies at the same time?

Unfortunately, not. But as soon as you prove that your level in German is good enough, you can start your university study.

 

10. Other matters

10.1. Am I covered by health insurance?

It is best to get foreign health insurance in your home country. This is much easier than getting it here in Germany. Otherwise, you can catch up on a private insurance here.

10.2. Do I receive a discount from the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund with a registration confirmation from DeutschAkademie?

No. Since we are a private language school and do not work together with the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV), there is no guarantee from our side for a corresponding discount. Nevertheless, you are welcome to contact the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV) and ask for more information on their discounts.

10.3. Do you accept Jobcenter vouchers?

No. Since we are a private language school and do not work together with the Hamburg Jobcenter, we cannot accept vouchers. Nevertheless, you are welcome to come by and get free consultation. We are sure that we can find the best German course for you.