German school in Cologne: Tandem

From 230.- EUR
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Key points

  • City with a friendly atmosphere and a very rich past
  • School in the very heart of the city, in a very lively district
  • Excellent quality-price ratio
  • Wide choice of cultural activities

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Exams
TELC
School size
L
Accommodations
Host family, Shared apartment
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
17 years
Average age
24 years
Nationality mix
Spain, Italy, Switzerland, etc..
ratings
204 authentic opinions

TANDEM language school is located in the Südstatt area in the centre of Cologne. Ten minutes by underground from the central train station, it is a lively, cosmopolitan district with parks, a walking path along the banks of the Rhine, shops, bars and restaurants. The school occupies a magnificently renovated former monastery, where you will immediately feel at ease as the beautiful light filters through the large bay windows. The school contains 9 spacious classrooms and a small, pleasant garden in the courtyard. An open study area and a kitchen where tea, coffee and non-alcoholic drinks are offered free of charge will make students feel right at home. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. The motivated, qualified instructors teach German with dynamic, tailor-made lessons. Here, learning the language of Goethe is a pleasure! During summer, the school uses additional buildings in order to meet the demand for its complementary summer courses.

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  • Use of study centre
  • End-of-course report and certificate
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Standard course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 50 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 230.- EUR
Lessons
24 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 50 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
10:00-13:30 (Mon) + 09:30 - 13:45 (Tue-Fri)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18 y.o.)
1
230 EUR
570 EUR
445 EUR
2
390 EUR
965 EUR
715 EUR
3
530 EUR
1320 EUR
945 EUR
4
630 EUR
1645 EUR
1145 EUR
6
880 EUR
2365 EUR
1615 EUR
8
1130 EUR
3085 EUR
2085 EUR
12
1630 EUR
4525 EUR
3025 EUR
16
2130 EUR
5965 EUR
3965 EUR
24
3130 EUR
8845 EUR
5845 EUR
Extra week (24+)
125 EUR
360 EUR
235 EUR
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates Beginner
07.01 / 04.02 / 05.03 / 01.04 / 06.05 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 05.08 / 02.09 / 30.09 / 28.10 / 25.11.2019
Starting dates (new session)
07.01 / 04.02 / 05.03 / 01.04 / 06.05 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 05.08 / 02.09 / 30.09 / 28.10 / 25.11.2019
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
04.03 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 01.05 / 30.05 / 10.06 / 20.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Intensive course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 50 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 390.- EUR
Lessons
32 of 45 minutes
(24 general + 8 mini-group)
Course duration
1 - 50 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
(Mini-group : 3-6)
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
10:00-13:30 (Mon) + 09:30 - 13:45 (Tue-Fri) + 14:30 - 16:00 (Mon-Thu)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18 y.o.)
1
390 EUR
730 EUR
605 EUR
2
710 EUR
1285 EUR
1035 EUR
3
1010 EUR
1800 EUR
1425 EUR
4
1270 EUR
2285 EUR
1785 EUR
6
1840 EUR
3325 EUR
2575 EUR
8
2410 EUR
4365 EUR
3365 EUR
12
3550 EUR
6445 EUR
4945 EUR
16
4690 EUR
8525 EUR
6525 EUR
24
6970 EUR
12685 EUR
9685 EUR
Extra week (24+)
285 EUR
520 EUR
395 EUR
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates Beginner
07.01 / 04.02 / 05.03 / 01.04 / 06.05 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 05.08 / 02.09 / 30.09 / 28.10 / 25.11.2019
Starting dates (new session)
07.01 / 04.02 / 05.03 / 01.04 / 06.05 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 05.08 / 02.09 / 30.09 / 28.10 / 25.11.2019
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
04.03 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 01.05 / 30.05 / 10.06 / 20.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Combined course 24+4

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 50 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 410.- EUR
Lessons
28 of 45 minutes
(24 general + 4 one-to-one)
Course duration
1 - 50 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
09:00-13:30 (Mon) + 09:30 - 13:45 (Tue-Fri) + one-to-one lessons to be specified

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18 y.o.)
1
410 EUR
750 EUR
625 EUR
2
750 EUR
1325 EUR
1075 EUR
3
1070 EUR
1860 EUR
1485 EUR
4
1350 EUR
2365 EUR
1865 EUR
6
1960 EUR
3445 EUR
2695 EUR
8
2570 EUR
4525 EUR
3525 EUR
12
3790 EUR
6685 EUR
5185 EUR
16
5010 EUR
8845 EUR
6845 EUR
24
7450 EUR
13165 EUR
10165 EUR
Extra week (24+)
305 EUR
540 EUR
415 EUR
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates Beginner
07.01 / 04.02 / 05.03 / 01.04 / 06.05 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 05.08 / 02.09 / 30.09 / 28.10 / 25.11.2019
Starting dates (new session)
07.01 / 04.02 / 05.03 / 01.04 / 06.05 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 05.08 / 02.09 / 30.09 / 28.10 / 25.11.2019
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
04.03 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 01.05 / 30.05 / 10.06 / 20.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Combined course 24+8

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 50 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 590.- EUR
Lessons
32 of 45 minutes
(24 general + 8 one-to-one)
Course duration
1 - 50 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
08:15-13:30 (Mon) + 09:30 - 13:45 (Tue-Fri) + one-to-one lessons to be specified

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18 y.o.)
1
590 EUR
930 EUR
805 EUR
2
1110 EUR
1685 EUR
1435 EUR
3
1610 EUR
2400 EUR
2025 EUR
4
2070 EUR
3085 EUR
2585 EUR
6
3040 EUR
4525 EUR
3775 EUR
8
4010 EUR
5965 EUR
4965 EUR
Extra week (8+)
485 EUR
720 EUR
595 EUR
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates Beginner
07.01 / 04.02 / 05.03 / 01.04 / 06.05 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 05.08 / 02.09 / 30.09 / 28.10 / 25.11.2019
Starting dates (new session)
07.01 / 04.02 / 05.03 / 01.04 / 06.05 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 05.08 / 02.09 / 30.09 / 28.10 / 25.11.2019
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
04.03 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 01.05 / 30.05 / 10.06 / 20.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

TELC course B2

Intermediate to Advanced, 8 week(s)
8 week(s) - From 1605.- EUR
Lessons
30 of 45 minutes
(24 general + 6 TELC)
Course duration
8 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
(TELC: 4-10)
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
10:00-13:30 (Mon) + 09:30-13:45 (Tue-Fri) + 14:30-17:00 (2x/week)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18 y.o.)
8
1605 EUR
3560 EUR
2560 EUR
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates 8 wk
07.01 / 11.03 / 06.05 / 08.07 / 02.09 / 28.10.2019
Bank holidays
04.03 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 01.05 / 30.05 / 10.06 / 20.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

TELC course C1

Intermediate to Advanced, 8 week(s)
8 week(s) - From 1605.- EUR
Lessons
30 of 45 minutes
(24 general + 6 TELC)
Course duration
8 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
(TELC: 4-10)
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
10:00-13:30 (Mon) + 09:30-13:45 (Tue-Fri) + 14:30-17:00 (2x/week)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18 y.o.)
8
1605 EUR
3560 EUR
2560 EUR
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates 8 wk
07.01 / 11.03 / 06.05 / 08.07 / 02.09 / 28.10.2019
Bank holidays
04.03 / 19.04 / 22.04 / 01.05 / 30.05 / 10.06 / 20.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Options/Extras

Course material (per month) (approximately) 20 EUR
One-to-one course (per lesson) 55 EUR
Exam fee (to be paid on site) (between 80 and 195 according to the level)
Supplement Course high season (per wk.) (01.07-30.08.2019) 20 EUR
Airport/Railway station transfer (Cologne) 75 EUR
Airport/Railway station transfer (Düsseldorf) 160 EUR

Other accommodation options

Host family, single room, breakfast

Course info

100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4.2/5
Overall rating

96% of students recommending this school

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204 students gave their opinion about this school

20 years old - Italy
/ 5
2 weeks, July – August 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (4.8 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.7 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
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18 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
4 weeks, June – July 2019
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
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School (3.3 / 5)
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Teaching (4.3 / 5)
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Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
18 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
4 weeks, June – July 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Teaching (4.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui, car bonne enseignement »
School highlights
« -bon enseignement-bonne ambiance-accueil sympathique »
21 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
24 weeks, January – June 2019
Value for money (2 / 5)
Destination (3.7 / 5)
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School (3 / 5)
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Teaching (2.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (2 / 5) (Host family)
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Leisure (3.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
12 weeks, March – June 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Nationality mix
Teaching (4.3 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (3.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui, mon allemand écrit s’est amélioré. Mais la où la plus grande différence se fait c’est dans la compréhension/conversation et l’oral. C’est top, je comprends tous quand on me parle en allemand et surtout je n’ai plus peur de parler. »
School highlights
« Très ouvert, chaleureux et j’ai eu les meilleurs profs : Judith et Thomas (les autres professeurs étaient un peu sur la lune/ dans un autre monde) »
23 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
10 weeks, March – June 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (5 / 5)
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Teaching (4 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
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Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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18 years old - France
/ 5
3 weeks, May 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (4.8 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui j’ai progressé en allemand notamment en compréhension orale »
School highlights
« Les professeurs étaient vraiment très ouverts et attentifs, ils prenaient le temps de répondre à toutes nos questions »
19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
12 weeks, January – March 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Teaching (3.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.8 / 5) (Host family)
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Leisure (2.7 / 5)
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31 years old - Algeria
/ 5
12 weeks, January – March 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Leisure (4.3 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui beaucoup »
19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
26 weeks, September 2018 – March 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (5 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Testimonials

Alvaro López Escamilla
Alvaro López Escamilla
TANDEM, Cologne
Duration: 3 weeks

My 3-week stay in Cologne was great. I would like to take advantage of this testimonial to recommend the city to those who would like to experience a language study trip in Germany. It’s a very lively city and not as stressful as others might be. Furthermore, it’s very well connected to other big cities such as Bonn, Düsseldorf or Aachen. Cologne is full of bars, bakeries, shops that make it very dynamic. It also has many well-kept parks and during my stay, in August, the weather was great. It’s really a nice and entertaining city.

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Albine Rey
Albine Rey
TANDEM, Cologne
Duration: 16 weeks

Cologne is a beautiful and welcoming town. From the cathedral to the promenade along the Rhine, there are many things to see and visit. Besides, Cologne is a university town with many local and international students, so it offers many cool activities and parties. For revellers, there are plenty of bars and great nightclubs as well! As regards Tandem, it is a well-located, peaceful school, where it is pleasant to study. The teachers are attentive, motivated and competent! It was great living in this town and studying in this school!

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María Burston Alonso
María Burston Alonso
TANDEMCologne 
Duration: 2 weeks

My name is María and I was there for two weeks. My course at Tamdem as well as my stay with my host family were great. At the school, the classes are fun. I studied in an official language centre before where I learnt everything about grammar, but rather quickly. Here, on the other hand, you focus on one aspect of the language and you study it thoroughly. Sometimes, we even played games to apply grammar points.

Besides, in the afternoon, extracurricular activities are organised, some of which are free, including BBQ parties, excursions and visits. Extra classes are also available, like the ones on Wednesday afternoons, which focus on a specific topic. I enrolled for one of these in order to further develop my language skills. It’s great, as you can choose to visit different places on your own initiative.

As regards accommodation, I was staying with a young lady and I had the use of a large bedroom, the kitchen and the dining room. She was so nice to me that she even let me use other rooms as well. I felt at home there.

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Host family
Living with a host family in Cologne will allow you to discover the daily life of its locals. You will have a private, single room with access to common areas such as the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. You will have a choice of breakfast only or half-board. The families, carefully selected by our partner school, live within a radius of 30 minutes by public transport of the school.

Shared apartment (from 18 years)
This form of shared accommodation, called a WG (Wohngemeinschaft), is very popular in Germany. You will share an apartment with permanent residents of Cologne and have a private, single room. In the apartment, the bathroom, kitchen and common areas will be shared with your flatmates. You will be able to use the washing machine in the laundry room.

Every week, our partner school proposes a complete programme of activities. Historic walking tours, film screenings and plays will immerse you in the fashionable atmosphere of Cologne and help you master the language. You will also have the opportunity to go on short boat rides on the Rhine or cycling tours along the riverbanks. If you're a night owl, you'll love the outings organised by the school to clubs and other trendy hotspots. Themed lectures and barbecues at the school will allow you to meet the other international students. Departing from Cologne, cities like Bonn, Koblenz, Frankfurt or Düsseldorf can be easily visited in a day.

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