Useful information for your stay

Here is a selection of answers to frequently asked questions. We will naturally also be glad to help you in Berlin itself with any other questions you may have, no matter how big or small.

1. I barely speak a word of the language that I want to learn. How am I going to make myself understood at the start?

1. I barely speak a word of the language that I want to learn. How am I going to make myself understood at the start?

If you have opted to live with a host family, your hosts will naturally make every effort to communicate with you without using a lot of words. Your Eurocentres school will also give you a practical starter set with words and phrases for everyday situations to help you in the first stages of learning the new language.

2. I am currently at language level 2. How long will it take until I get to level 6?

2. I am currently at language level 2. How long will it take until I get to level 6?

The speed of progress in learning a language depends on many factors, e.g. the number of lessons per week and how many foreign languages you already speak. You will need about 4 weeks of an intensive course to move from Eurocentres level 2 to 3. Note, however, that the higher the language level, the more time you will need to progress to the next stage. Ask Eurocentres for the free ‘Pathfinder’ language test, which gives you precise information on your own learning progress.

3. Is there a minimum age for Eurocentres courses?

3. Is there a minimum age for Eurocentres courses?

You have to be at least 16 to attend our language courses. If you are a minor, we will need the signature of a parent or guardian on your application.

4. In what way will I be learning?

4. In what way will I be learning?

The tuition is concentrated on developing your ability to communicate in the foreign language. It focuses on expanding your vocabulary and on improving your pronunciation, grammatical skills and accuracy of expression. You will have ample opportunity to practice every area of linguistic proficiency, i.e. listening, speaking, reading and writing.

5. What happens on the first day of the course?

5. What happens on the first day of the course?

Your verbal and written language skills are appraised. After meeting the teachers and the other students and taking a walk around the school, the group is split into classes. Your fellow students will thus be of a similar standard to you.

6. How big will my class be?

6. How big will my class be?

Eurocentres class sizes are limited to 14 people per class. This ensures that you will make good progress, as this level of class size enables the teachers to take good account of your individual needs. Every class is taught by at least two teachers.

7. What will my timetable look like?

7. What will my timetable look like?

You will be given the precise timetable for your course on your first day at the centre. These pages show you a few examples of how the tuition is structured.

8. Will I get any form of certification at the end of the course?

8. Will I get any form of certification at the end of the course?

You will receive a certificate that gives details of your verbal and written language skills. The grading system used conforms to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and can thus be understood by all employers and universities worldwide.
You can also sit any of the exams held by the Goethe Institute or the TestDaF Centre in Berlin. We will prepare you for these.

9. How am I going to find the school on the first day?

9. How am I going to find the school on the first day?

If you are staying with a host family, they will show you the easiest way to get to the school. With your travel documents you will also receive directions and details of the school’s location.

10. When I arrive at the airport or station, how will I get to where I am staying?

10. When I arrive at the airport or station, how will I get to where I am staying?

Along with your travel documents you will receive a description of the easiest way to get to where you are staying. The most reliable and convenient way is to book a taxi transfer direct to your accommodation. Prices for taxi transfers are shown here.

11. What sort of accommodation would you recommend for me?

11. What sort of accommodation would you recommend for me?

Do you want to get to know as much as possible about the country and its people? Then we would recommend that you live with a host family.

Do you want contact with Berliners, but would nevertheless like to be independent? Then a ‘WG’ (a shared flat) is the right choice for you.

If your primary concern is independence, then we recommend that you stay at a hotel or rent an apartment.

12. Do the host families live near the school?

12. Do the host families live near the school?

The host families live in a number of different parts of the city. The average journey to work in a major city like Berlin takes 30-60 minutes. You need to reckon as a rule with about the same for your journey to the school.

13. Where can I wash my laundry?

13. Where can I wash my laundry?

If you live with a host family, you will usually be able to wash your clothes there. If that is not possible, use a nearby launderette.

14. I am not happy with my accommodation. What can I do?

14. I am not happy with my accommodation. What can I do?

Talk in the first instance to your host family or flatmates. They can usually help without further ado. If this is not possible, there is a contact at the school who is responsible for student accommodation and is sure to be able to resolve the matter satisfactorily for you. All of our host families are carefully selected and regularly checked based on consistent criteria of quality.

15. Can I extend my course, even when I’m already there?

15. Can I extend my course, even when I’m already there?

We generally recommend that you book your preferred course before it starts. You are then assured of your place. The weekly fees are also cheaper for longer courses than for shorter ones.
It is nevertheless possible to extend a course at any time, or to choose a more intensive course. As soon as you have decided what you want to do, contact the academic coordinator at your school, who will advise you on fees and availability.

16. What leisure activities does Eurocentres offer?

16. What leisure activities does Eurocentres offer?

Eurocentres regularly organises leisure activities such as sports and cultural events, parties and much, much more. The school will inform you of its current programme. We also offer attractive options for domestic and cross-border excursions. If you want to exploit the opportunity to explore any of the surrounding countries, please find out precisely what visa conditions apply for you for such journeys.

17. Where do Eurocentres students come from?

17. Where do Eurocentres students come from?

15,000 language students attend Eurocentres courses every year. Thanks to Eurocentres’ global presence, the students come from every part of the world, i.e. a third of them each from Europe, Asia and North/South America.

18. Do I need a visa?

18. Do I need a visa?

See information on the page Visa.

19. I would like to find out more about the city in which I’m going to be studying.

19. I would like to find out more about the city in which I’m going to be studying.

We have put together a list of links for you with relevant, interesting information:

http://www.berlin.de/en/

https://www.deutschland.de/en

EAQUALS

"EAQUALS is an international association of providers of language courses and services which aims to promote high quality within the language education field. In order to become an Accredited Member of EAQUALS, each school must undergo a rigorous external inspection to ensure that the school is able to meet the strict criteria laid down in the EAQUALS Charters. The inspection is repeated every three years. For further information about EAQUALS, visit www.eaquals.org"

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