Learn German in Munich or Berlin with EF

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The patio at EF Berlin
The patio at EF Berlin
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Evening
Evening
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Currywurst_photo
Spreewald
Old City Hall
Lake in the English Garden
Olympic Park

About

From medieval architecture to a vivid modern art scene, EF offers language immersion in two distinctly German cities. You will make guaranteed progress in your language skills whether you are enjoying the green space of the Englischer Garten in Munich or strolling around Potsdamer Platz in Berlin.

At EF, you decide when you want to study, how long you'll stay, and what you'd like to focus on. You can personalize your course with Special Interest Classes like Grammar, Writing Skills Workshop, Public Speaking, German Culture & Film, and Exam Preparation (DACH). Earn transferable college credit from for any course 4 weeks or longer, allowing you to make the most of your time abroad.

EF’s German schools are accredited by EAQUALS and our courses are recognized by The University of Montana, our partner in education.

Highlights
  • Study from 2 weeks up to a full year, start any Monday.
  • 2 schools, amazingly located in Munich and Berlin.
  • Top activities include cooking classes, a tour of the BMW factory, art museums, and day trips to Potsdoam and Salzburg.
  • Choose to reside with a local host family or in the EF Residence, an international dorm.
  • EF students hail from over 100 countries around the world.

Popular Programs

Make maximum progress during your stay abroad. Highly recommended for students who need to learn a language as quickly as possible for academic or professional reasons.

This carefully composed course of 26 weekly lessons (total tuition time of 17 hours and 20 minutes), held in the morning and afternoon, is designed to help you move up one course level every six weeks.

Combine plenty of free time abroad with 20 morning and afternoon language lessons a week (total tuition time of 13 hours and 20 minutes) – combining General Language Lessons, Project Sessions and Lecture Sessions.

Questions & Answers

Hi Vincent! Absolutely. We offer several programs that allow study at multiple EF schools. If you give us a call or text at 1-800-992-1892, we can put together a personalized study plan for you. Thanks!
Great question! We offer different programs for different ages groups (for example a Junior program just for students 13-15 in some locations and a professional program for students 25+ in others), but the average age at school is 17-19. We accept students 16 and up at all campuses and students aged 13-15 in Saint Raphael, Munich, and Malaga.
Hi Sophia! Thanks so much for your interest. We welcome students 13-15 in the summer and students 16 and up all year long. You will be placed in a course based on your language level, so beginners to advanced speakers are welcome. You must commit to 80% attendance to receive your course certificate and commit to our student code of conduct which asks all students to be respectful and welcoming. EF...

Reviews

87%
based on 12 reviews
  • Housing 7.7
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.7
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.6
  • Instruction 7.5
  • Support 6.5
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 6
  • Value 6.5
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bonni
1/10
No, I don't recommend this program

MUNICH 14-15 yo summer program

My daughter spent 4 weeks in Munich. Her host family was a 45 minute train ride to the class each day. I thought she would have a roommate in her age group and also assumed there would be more of a "part of the family" feel. She was in a home where the students were in and out, some staying only for days. My 14 roomed with an 18 yo for a few nights, sometimes there were male students in the home as well. No real family "feel". In fact when we came to the home to pick her up, gift in hand, we weren't even invited in! Instead we were asked to wait at the door and out came our daughter! During the evenings there was very little supervision, many of the 14 and 15 yos drank beer. In fact my daughter was given her first beer under EF's supervision! She also was "courted" by a few different boys and once again, much less supervision than I am accustomed to. Needless to say, things did not go well. One evening my daughter got on the wrong train going home from an unsupervised event, took the wrong train and was lost in the city. She lost her phone and borrowed a strangers phone to call for help. She got back at 2 am! When I needed to call the emergency number...it didn't work! They apologized but the damage was already done. Mydaughter saw a lot of Munich, not sure how much language she learned, but she speaks more easily and quicker so I suppose she learned enough. I would NEVER go back to EF, as I am not comfortable with the oversight, and I would worry for the safety of my daughter

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Elena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

EF Berlin - Academic Year Abroad

When I first left for Berlin, I had no idea what to expect. Moving to a place where I did not know the language, a single person, or even how to use the public transport, was something that I never thought I would do... But from the moment I walked onto the EF Berlin Campus on that very first day, I felt welcomed and understood.

From their incredible staff, no matter what I needed, I always received help. From questions having to do with the metro, to setting up my VISA, to dealing with personal battles, the people at this school never ceased to amaze me with the compassion they have towards their students. And even now, as I reach the end of my time in Berlin, I am amazed every day at the genuine goodness that everyone on the staff possesses.

Physically, the school itself is beautiful. With up-to-date technology, modern design, and an overall welcoming aesthetic, there is nothing bad one could say with the building in which we learn.

And the students that fill the school are incredible as well. Coming from all over the world, I was able to meet people from countries I scarcely thought about. Speaking about different cultures, customs, and (of course) languages, has opened me up to the world in a way I never would have expected. And I have truly made some of the best friends I have ever had, during my stay in Berlin.

Now for the most important part about my EF Berlin experience: the language. I came to Berlin knowing no German what so ever. And in the past six months I have gone from being unable to even say "Hallo!" to being able to hold my own in conversations, and understand most of what people around me say. And I can assure you that there is no better feeling than the moment when one understands their first sentence in German. It is an unquantifiable feeling of success that I will remember for the rest of my life.

Looking back on my last six months, although they pushed and challenged me in many ways, I would never exchange them for anything else in the world. I have grown into myself in ways that I never expected. I have learned so much.

Thank you so much, EF Berlin, for teaching me a language, for allowing me to find a new home in Berlin, and for bringing me to myself. And, although I have to leave, I am so grateful that for the rest of my life I will have this experience with me. I am so grateful that for the rest of my life, I will be able to speak German.

Dan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Absolutely Fabulous

So, when I first arrived, I was staying in a hostel room with roommates. There weren't really any inherent problems with it; room sharing just isn't my thing. For that reason, I stayed with a family member who lives in Berlin. All of that being said, the school itself is absolutely great. Very clean and modernly designed. The teachers are absolutely great at what they do. The staff are all very helpful and were always available when I needed something. I would definitely recommend this as long as you have a private room or really don't mind a lack of privacy.

What would you improve about this program?
I don't see much way of this program being improved, honestly. It was a fabulous learning experience for me. :)
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YEN-TA
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A really great experience

I had a really good time in Munich, in this short time i have really learned German well and made lots of friends from abroad ! Different culture and different language at the same time during this time. You can see lots of things here and explore lots of places, and especially the beer here is really cheap. The people from Munich are really friendly, you can talk with them on the train or other place, they will be really happy to talk to you and help you.

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing to improve , its aready good enough for me
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Patryk
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Perfect way to learn German and meet new people

I've participated in the program twice and I look forward to doing it again next year.
It's a great opportunity to develop your language skills while still enjoying Munich and your holidays. You can make new friends with people from many different countries and continents. At the same time the school is very professional and well situated, only 5 minutes walking from the English Garden, right next to 'Lehel' underground station and also quite close to Munich's old town.

During my visits I stayed at the EF Residence in Geiger Hotel as well as in the EF Residence close to Olympia Einkaufszentrum. I can recommend both, but second one is exclusively for EF Students, which makes it a great way to spend more time with your new friends and also - in my opinion - it has better standard as it has been open for 2 months right now, so everything is new and working. Rooms are very quiet, clean and contain of a bathroom, a kitchen and one or two beds - depending on your accommodation choice. There is also a common balcony, laundry facility (€2,50 per washing and €1,50 per drying) and a lounge with a big table, sofas and XBOX One. WiFi works very well in the residence as well as at school.

Munich itself is a stunning city, not distant from the Alps and it is the capital city of Bavaria, Germany's biggest federal state. It has a very rich culture, many recreational sites (such as Olympic Park and the English Garden). There are also lots of museums, shopping centres and restaurants. Also, Munich is famous of its Biergartens (Beer gardens), where you can bring your own food (or buy it there) and enjoy the world's best beer. If you'd like to make excursions - Nurnberg, Salzburg, the Alps, beautiful lakes and historical sites are situated in 2-hours distance by train. Around Munich you can get everywhere by public transport for €21 per week.

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Morgan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an amazing time!!

One day my friends and I decided to rent bikes and bike around the city. We had a ton of fun traveling around together like locals. We biked to the East Side Gallery where there is a large portion of the Berlin wall still standing. We walked along the wall admiring the artwork and talking. Then we went to a grocery store and got food for a picnic next to the Spree river. It was overall an amazing day. also, it is so much fun to meet people from all over the world here. Now i have friends from Argentina, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Switzerland, France, and Italy. i had the time of my life on this trip and i definitely wish that I could stay longer!

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing that I can think of that could be improved is if the classes were at better times. Sometimes my friends would finish class at 14:00, but then I would not start until then and then I would finish at 18:30. Other than that though everything was great.
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Daniel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

EF Munich review

Munich is a great city. Its very easy and affordable to get around thanks to the public infrastructure, so there is never any difficulty finding stuff to do. EF provides lots of activities that focus around the obvious language learning aspect, and also has many that are great ways to meet new people. The teachers are all very helpful and have a clear knowledge of the language. The rest of the staff as well is very friendly and helpful.

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Eveke
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

EF München

My experience with EF München was excellent. First of all the city was lovely, beautiful, and at all times I felt safe. The support from EF staff was impeccable, always aware and helpful with all mine and the rest of the students needs, making sure we were satisfied and everything was fine. Another aspect of EF München that I was pleased with was the social life with the students, I made many friends all over the world and not only learned and improved my German, I learned about different cultures. I recommend this language course. Dankeschön

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Ayden
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

EF Munich

Overall, I had a really great time in Munich with EF. I took an intensive course and learned quite a bit of German in just 5 weeks. I started at A1.1 and advanced to A2.1. It is also really easy to meet people and make friends from all over the world. The excursions were generally really well organised and they took us to interesting places. If you choose to do this, I reccomend staying at the EF residence or in the EF hotel, espescially if you go in the summer as availability in the summer is limited and if you have problems with a host family it is sometimes difficult to move. The facilities are really nice and modern not too far from the school. But overall I had an incredible time- the school is centrally located and Munich is a really safe and fun place to live.

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Isaac
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

EF München.

I think EF Munich and EF in general, because I also was 3 months in Singapore, is really usefull: on one way to learn a language with a really efficient way and on another way by developing our self skills. I mean I´ve never learned so much about myself, you begin some one smarter, maturer, and you are more clear in you ideas by thinking or to take decisions. It´s not only a language school but also a life school.
Now I know correctly German and English and that´s something fabulous, I´m also motivated, more than before to learn other languages out of the others I´ve already learned, because you meet lot of people from everywhere in the world and it´s also a really grateful experience.

Here in Munich is the staff really super, almost everybody cares how you feel/are and it´s really easy to have a clear discussion. The atmosphere between staff and students is in general really good, and it helps. I´ve also learned from my guest family, they weren´t so good but I´ve learned to be patient and to enforce/impose myself.

To sum up, I absolutely don´t regret this adventure, because I learned to extend my limits, my vision of the world and to know what I want!

PS: Dedication to Jan and his Leberkäse. ;-)

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Samir
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

EF Berlin

EF Berlin is the perfect place to learn German and have incredible amounts of fun at the same time. All of the students and staff here were very outgoing and welcoming. It's hard moving to a new country and city where you don't really know anybody. EF Staff and the students made it much easier. If you are wanting to learn a new language or wanting to visit a beautiful city, I would highly recommend going to EF Berlin.

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Viktor
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Berlin

That day when I arrived in Berlin for the very first time will always remain in my memories. It was such a great feeling. When I saw the Brandeburger Gate, symbol of this amazing city, I was fulfilled with happiness. Two hours passed and I was still there, enjoying the view. Time was already flying. I was grateful for having the opportunity to discover this city. A dream came true. And I wish I will again have the same experience.

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