Learn German in Germany
If you are serious about learning German, a German language course at a Studienkolleg in Germany should be on your radar.
Students from all over the world flock to Germany to study. They come from China, Italy, Spain, Korea, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, African countries and from many other countries.
The first thing they need to do, of course, is to learn German.
What is a Studienkolleg?
Studienkollegs are organizations whose purpose and goal is to teach German to foreign students and to prepare them for the German language exam (required for admission to a German university) and for studies at a German university.
Fundamental to that mission is to achieve high level of German in just two semesters.
Because the main goal of the German courses at a Studienkolleg is to prepare students for the German language exams they will need to pass in order to study at a German university, the courses are a highly effective means of learning German.
The German courses are goal-oriented and designed to achieve success in German in a limited amount of time.
Typically, courses consists of 4 German classes per day, 5 days per week. Most Studienkollegs offer courses on a semester basis, while others use a trimester format.
Contrary to all of your experiences at home, in just 2 semesters (or 3 trimesters) you will be up to speed in German.
It may sound far-fetched, but remember, that each month you complete 80 hours of German. Over an 8-month period, that’s 640 hours of German!
Is 660 hours of German enough to achieve fluency in German?
Everyone in the world seems to say that they studied X number of years of a foreign language…and that they “can’t speak a word.”
However, at a typical US university, over a period to 4 semesters (German 101, 102, 201, 202) you will complete (only) around 192 hours of class (and probably not practice much outside of class – and the language lab is so dull…)
During two semesters at a Studienkolleg, however, you will complete over 3 times that amount – and also a lot of homework. Provided you do your homework and study, you will certainly obtain a high level of German – high enough to pass the German language exam.
Consider it an extra perk that you will be leaving and breathing in the midst of German culture and among Germans. You will have plenty of time to practice your German, develop an ear for German, and attain plenty of knowledge with regard to German culture.
And that is a lot more fun than the language lab!