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FAQ – Language school

FAQ – Language school

What is Sprachenatelier Berlin Institute for Languages, Art and Culture?

Sprachenatelier Berlin is more than just a language school. We offer the full range of German courses and courses in more than 40 other languages. Sprachenatelier is equally dedicated to its role as a cultural venue, organising festivals, film screenings, book readings, concerts, exhibitions, workshops, political discussions, and seminars. We provide artists, writers, scholars, and musicians with a large space and ideal locale to reach a wide audience.

What are your business hours?

Our business hours are 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday to Thursday, and 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Fridays.

Where is Sprachenatelier Berlin located?

Our address is Frankfurter Allee 40, 10247 Berlin-Friedrichshain. Take the U-Bahn (subway), U-5 line, and get off at the station Samariterstraße. Sprachenatelier is located directly next to the U-Bahn station. You can also take the Metro Tram 10 to the tram stop Frankfurter Tor, which is a 7 minute walk from the school.

Where are your language courses held?

The language courses are always held at Frankfurter Allee 40. The facilities at Sprachenatelier Berlin are over three floors. The reception desk is located on the third floor.

How long is each period of teaching time?

Each period lasts 45 minutes.

Is Sprachenatelier closed on holidays?

Sprachenatelier Berlin is open all year round, with the exception of Christmas and New Year. We remain closed for 2 weeks during this period. There are no classes on weekends or public holidays.

What qualifications do your teachers possess?

All of our teachers have university degrees as well as proven experience in teaching adults.

Is Sprachenatelier Berlin officially recognised?

Yes, Sprachenatelier Berlin is officially recognised by the Berlin Senate, CSN Sweden and ANSA Norway. We are also a member of the Association for German as a Foreign Language (fadaf) as well as a licensed examination centre for all telc exams and CNaVT, TCF and Swedex exams. You can complete language courses at Sprachenatelier Berlin as part of your educational leave.

FAQs – German courses

How many students can enrol for a course?

Class size is restricted to between 6 and 14 students.

How long is each period of teaching time?

Each period lasts 45 minutes.

What qualifications do your German teachers have?

All of our German teachers are native speakers with university degrees as well as experience in teaching adults.

What is included in the course price and fees?

Included are the following: the cultural programme and extracurricular activities, enrolment receipt, registration, placement test and certificate of completion. Students in our evening German courses are required to purchase the textbook Begegnungen published by Schubert Verlag.

How long does it take to complete a language level?

Each level requires approximately 8 weeks of intensive course work, or 160 hours of instruction.

Will I receive a certificate upon finishing a course?

Yes, Sprachenatelier issues a certificate to each student who completes a course. The certificate states the level and duration of the course. Students requiring an official certificate can register for a telc examination. For more information, ask our reception desk or send us an email: info@sprachenatelier-berlin.de

What other types of certificates do you issue?

Upon request, Sprachenatelier Berlin is happy to give you a certificate of enrolment in a course of study. A certificate of enrolment entitles you to a discount when visiting museums, cinemas and theatres around Berlin. You need to obtain a certificate of enrolment if you wish to extend your German visa at the Foreigners' Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde).

Can I do a trial lesson?

For intensive German courses, students can sit in on a class any Monday. For evening classes, a trial lesson can be arranged with the teacher. A trial lesson or trial day costs 14€.

What age are the students at Sprachenatelier?

Most students are between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. Some younger and many older students also enrol in our courses. You must be at least 16 years old to take a course. Minors must submit written permission from their parents, as we are not legally obligated for the supervision of minors.

How do I know what course level to enrol in?

Students who have done prior course work need to take a written/oral placement test before or (at the very latest) on the first day their course begins. This allows us to determine your current level. Students with previous knowledge of German can enrol and join a course already in progress (start date for joining a course in progress is always on Monday). Beginners with no knowledge of German begin their course on a scheduled date. For more info about course start dates, see our website.

Can I switch courses if I think the level isn't right for me?

Using our placement test, we attempt to determine your level as precisely and reliably as possible. If you nevertheless feel the course is too difficult, too easy or too slow for you, then we ask you to first speak with your teacher about the situation. Sprachenatelier is committed to working with you to find the best solution.

What textbooks and course material do you use?

All evening German courses at Sprachenatelier from levels A1 to B1 use the textbook Begegnungen published by Schubert Verlag. Evening course students must purchase this book. For upper-level courses (B2 to C2) and in intensive German courses, we use our own instructional materials and different books.

After I've completed a course at Sprachenatelier, what do I need to do to apply to a German university?

In general, it should be noted that you have a better chance of being accepted by a German university if you have studied in your native country for at least one year. The following documents are necessary for applying to a German university:

  • High school diploma (a certified translation)
  • Confirmation of enrolment in a course of study in your native country
  • Good knowledge of German. A certificate attesting that you have passed the TestDaF or DSH, or the telc Deutsch C1 examination is a basic requirement. We recommend contacting the university you wish to apply to in order to find out what exactly they require.

Can I sit the telc, TestDaF or DSH examinations in Sprachenatelier Berlin?

Sprachenatelier Berlin is a licensed examination centre for telc certifications. Contact us to find out the dates these exams may be taken at our school.

We offer preparation courses for all German examinations. Ask at our reception desk or send us an email: info@sprachenatelier-berlin.de

Does Sprachenatelier Berlin have an extracurricular activities programme?

Yes. In summer (July and August), Sprachenatelier Berlin offers a cultural programme that accompanies our intensive German courses. The programme has scheduled activities from Monday through Friday and on weekends. Excursions, readings, walking and bicycle tours as well as going to the theatre and cinema are among the activities students can participate in during the afternoon or evening. From September to June, we have scheduled cultural activities every Wednesday.

Can I work in Berlin while I'm taking a course at Sprachenatelier Berlin?

Some EU students are able to find a job quickly in Berlin. But for many the situation is more complicated. Students from non-EU countries have the most difficulty, as it is not a simple process in Germany to obtain a work permit. Sprachenatelier Berlin does not provide job placement services; both EU and non-EU students should not simply count on finding a job upon arriving in Berlin.

Do I need a visa to come to Germany?

If you need a visa for Germany, send us a completed registration form and the address of your German embassy as well as the reason you are applying for a visa—studying at a German university, professional reasons or tourism purposes.

We will reply to you with an email containing our bank account number. Once you have paid the registration fee or the entire fee for the course and registration (obligatory for students residing in—among other countries—Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh and India) and the payment has been transferred to our account, we will send you an official confirmation of registration and a letter of invitation, either by email or post. For an additional cost of 60€, we will send you the letter express via DHL.

In some countries, the process for issuing a visa can require a very lengthy amount of time, while in others it is done quickly. If your application is rejected, please fax us the response from the consulate as well as your bank account number. We will refund you the fees you paid, minus a 30€ processing fee. Upon successfully obtaining a visa, please contact us as soon as possible to inform us of your arrival date.

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