German school in Heidelberg: IH Collegium Palatinum

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Key points

  • Prestigious university city with a romantic charm
  • Quality school with a very good reputation and excellent teachers
  • First class socio-cultural program
  • Test centre for Telc Language Certificates and TestDaf exams

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Exams
TELC
School size
M
Accommodations
Host family, Private apartment, Residence
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
17 years
Average age
23 years
Nationality mix
Switzerland, Italy, United States, etc..
ratings
312 authentic opinions

Our partner school is located in a beautiful historical villa, which is just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre, in one of Heidelberg’s most pleasant residential areas. In this charming building, which also houses a student residence, you will enjoy modern learning facilities, including 8 spacious and well-equipped classrooms, a computer lab, a library/study room and free Wi-Fi throughout the building. After classes, a large ground-floor lounge area with snack and drink machines invites you to relax with friends. The German school shares the premises with the European study centre of an American university, giving you the opportunity to socialise with students of all nationalities on the school's welcoming terrace or in the sunny garden.

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Included in the price

  • Level and needs assessment
  • Welcome activity
  • Use of study centre
  • Diploma or Certificate

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Standard course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From EUR 200.-
Lessons
20 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
(14 in summer)
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
08:30-12:00

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Residence, single room, no meals
1
200
415
410
2
400
830
820
3
600
1245
1230
4
800
1660
1640
6
1140
2430
2400
8
1520
3240
3200
12
2040
4620
4560
16
2720
6160
6080
24
4080
9240
9120
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates Beginner
07.01 / 04.03 / 27.05 / 01.07 / 29.07 / 26.08 / 21.10.2019
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
19.04 / 22.04 / 01.05 / 30.05 / 10.06 / 20.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2019
Holidays
16.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
15.12.2019 - 06.01.2020

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

Intensive course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From EUR 235.-
Lessons
25 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
(14 in summer)
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
08:30-13:00

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Residence, single room, no meals
1
235
450
445
2
470
900
890
3
705
1350
1335
4
940
1800
1780
6
1320
2610
2580
8
1760
3480
3440
12
2340
4920
4860
16
3120
6560
6480
24
4680
9840
9720
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates Beginner
07.01 / 04.03 / 27.05 / 01.07 / 29.07 / 26.08 / 21.10.2019
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
19.04 / 22.04 / 01.05 / 30.05 / 10.06 / 20.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2019
Holidays
16.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
15.12.2019 - 06.01.2020

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

Super intensive course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 24 week(s)
1 week(s) - From EUR 310.-
Lessons
30 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 24 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
(14 in summer)
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
08:30-13:00 + 14:00-16:00 (Tue+Thu)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Residence, single room, no meals
1
310
525
520
2
620
1050
1040
3
930
1575
1560
4
1240
2100
2080
6
1770
3060
3030
8
2360
4080
4040
10
2950
5100
5050
16
4720
8160
8080
24
7080
12240
12120
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates Beginner
07.01 / 04.03 / 27.05 / 01.07 / 29.07 / 26.08 / 21.10.2019
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
19.04 / 22.04 / 01.05 / 30.05 / 10.06 / 20.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2019
Holidays
16.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
15.12.2019 - 06.01.2020

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

Combined course 20+5

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 11 week(s)
1 week(s) - From EUR 440.-
Lessons
25 of 45 minutes
(20 general + 5 one-to-one)
Course duration
1 - 11 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
(14 in summer)
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
08:00-12:00 + 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, breakfast
Residence, single room, no meals
1
440
655
650
2
880
1310
1300
3
1320
1965
1950
4
1760
2620
2600
6
2490
3780
3750
8
3320
5040
5000
11
4565
6930
6875
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates Beginner
07.01 / 04.03 / 27.05 / 01.07 / 29.07 / 26.08 / 21.10.2019
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
19.04 / 22.04 / 01.05 / 30.05 / 10.06 / 20.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2019
Holidays
16.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
15.12.2019 - 06.01.2020

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

TELC course B1

Lower intermediate to Intermediate, 4 week(s)
4 week(s) - From EUR 1190.-
Lessons
30 of 45 minutes
(25 general + 5 TELC)
Course duration
4 week(s)
Levels
Lower intermediate to Intermediate
Students/class
max. 12
(14 in summer)
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
08:30-13:00 + 14:00-16:00 (2x/week)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Residence, single room, no meals
4
1190
2050
2030
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates
07.01 / 04.02 / 04.03 / 01.04 / 29.04 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 29.07 / 26.08 / 23.09 / 21.10 / 18.11.2019
Bank holidays
19.04 / 22.04 / 01.05 / 30.05 / 10.06 / 20.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2019
Holidays
16.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
15.12.2019 - 06.01.2020

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

TELC course B2

Intermediate to Advanced, 4 week(s)
4 week(s) - From EUR 1190.-
Lessons
30 of 45 minutes
(25 general + 5 TELC)
Course duration
4 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
(14 in summer)
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
08:30-13:00 + 14:00-16:00 (2x/week)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Residence, single room, no meals
4
1190
2050
2030
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates
07.01 / 04.02 / 04.03 / 01.04 / 29.04 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 29.07 / 26.08 / 23.09 / 21.10 / 18.11.2019
Bank holidays
19.04 / 22.04 / 01.05 / 30.05 / 10.06 / 20.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2019
Holidays
16.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
15.12.2019 - 06.01.2020

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

TELC course C1

Advanced to Advanced, 4 week(s)
4 week(s) - From EUR 1190.-
Lessons
30 of 45 minutes
(25 general + 5 TELC)
Course duration
4 week(s)
Levels
Advanced to Advanced
Students/class
max. 12
(14 in summer)
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
08:30-13:00 + 14:00-16:00 (2x/week)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Residence, single room, no meals
4
1190
2050
2030
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates
01.04 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 29.07 / 21.10.2019
Bank holidays
19.04 / 22.04 / 01.05 / 30.05 / 10.06 / 20.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2019
Holidays
16.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
15.12.2019 - 06.01.2020

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

Options/Extras

Course material (varies, depending on the language level and duration of stay, to be paid on-site) 40 EUR
One-to-one course (min. 2 lessons) (per lesson) 55 EUR
Exam fee (to be paid on site) (B1,B2) 140 EUR
Exam fee (to be paid on site) (C1) 175 EUR
Residence deposit (to be paid on site) 250 EUR
Extra night with host family, breakfast 36 EUR
Extra night with host family, half board 48 EUR
Extra night in a residence 34 EUR
Extra night in a private apartment 60 EUR
Airport transfer (on arrival) (Frankfurt International Airport) 48 EUR
Airport pick-up and drop-off (Frankfurt International Airport) 90 EUR

Other accommodation options

Host family, single room, half board
Private apartment, single room, no meals

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.

4.1/5
Overall rating

93% of students recommending this school

Destination
/ 5
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/ 5
Accommodation
/ 5
Value for money
/ 5
Teaching
/ 5
Leisure
/ 5

312 students gave their opinion about this school

56 years old - France
/ 5
1 week, November – December 2018
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
21 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Le nombre de participants par classe varie selon le niveau et la période... Jusqu'au B2 les classes sont assez nombreuses (jusqu'à 12), puis en B2+ et C1 les classes sont assez petites (de 4 à 8). Les cours sont donc beaucoup plus intensifs!Une majorité de Suisse et Italiens dans l'école
12 weeks, August – November 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
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Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui!Augmenté de niveau (B2+ --> C1)Plus de facilité à l'oral et à l'écritBeaucoup plus de vocabulaireEn famille d'accueil: on est confronté tous les jours à la langue (débats, discussions) »
School highlights
« Aucune préférence particulière --> expérience inoubliable! »
Top tips
« Ville de Mannheim (ex: Luisenpark)Château de SchwetzingenChâteau d'Heidelberg (de jour et de nuit)Villes de Weinheim et LadenburgCafe Extrablatt (de nuit) »
22 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
8 weeks, September – November 2018
Value for money (2 / 5)
Destination (3.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (2.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.7 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (2.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
4 weeks, October – November 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.8 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
25 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
12 weeks, September – November 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
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Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3.3 / 5) ()
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
4 weeks, October – November 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (3.3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3.3 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
13 weeks, August – November 2018
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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School highlights
« Ho amato molto abitare nel Campus VIVA perché ci vivono la maggior parte degli allievi ed è molto spontaneo e semplice instaurare delle amicizie/conoscenze. Il punto positivo della scuola è sicuramente il suo fascino. »
Top tips
« Non bisogna limitarsi a visitare sono Heidelberg ma anche spostarsi, perché attorno ad essa vi sono molte cittadine da non perdere. »
19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
6 weeks, September – October 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
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School (4 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Certamente, avendo parlato molto in classe sono progredito anche nell’espressione orale, ma soprattutto nella comprensione »
Top tips
« Il castello della città è almeno un biergarten »
24 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
3 weeks, September – October 2018
Value for money (2 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (2.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (3.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (3.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
29 years old - Italy
/ 5
4 weeks, September 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.5 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (3.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability

Testimonials

Baptiste Müller
Baptiste Müller
IH Collegium PalatinumHeidelberg
Duration: 4 weeks

These 4 weeks in Heidelberg went by so quickly. The town is superb, just like the Castle with its breathtaking views, which you discover at the turn of sloping paths. I really enjoyed the fraternal atmosphere of the Collegium Palatinum; I quickly made friends of all nationalities, which greatly increased the effectiveness of the course. It was the second time I went to Germany with ESL (the first time was in Bamberg), so I chose to stay with a host family and I don’t regret it because I learnt a lot about the country thanks to the conversations with my "Gasteltern".

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Giorgia Pivanti
Giorgia Pivanti

Well, my language study trip was simply wonderful at all levels! The teachers and the school were great, I learnt a lot while being in beautiful surroundings. The family with whom I was staying was really nice and all of its members were friendly, which made me feel comfortable, like at home. Not to mention the new friends I made and the many leisure activities that I would not have missed for anything in the world. Heidelberg is a small, terrific town. It was an incredible month, at the end of which I didn’t want to go back to Italy.

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Greg Ribordy
Greg Ribordy

I had a great time at the school and I got to know a lot of new cultures and people, including fellow students from Venezuela. My host family was really kind. I had a lot of fun with my host brother and my host sister. We went to the movies together. I was well integrated in the family. At the beginning the course was a bit difficult, because the A2 group was already advanced. But when I achieved level B1, it was much easier. I liked Heidelberg a lot. It is a beautiful student city. Except for the weather, which was not so good. In the three months I spent there, I had very few sunny days. But it was fun to sit in the sun with my host family.

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Host family
All of the host families are carefully selected by our partner school. Living around 20 minutes from the language school (max. 30 minutes), you will stay in a single room and share the common areas of the house with the members of the family. You will also benefit from having breakfast or half-board provided. Staying with a host family is an excellent opportunity to practise German in a natural setting.

Campus Viva residence
Well served by the city’s public transportation network, this elegant residence combines comfort and convenience 15-20 minutes from the language school. You will stay in a pleasant single bedroom, complete with a kitchen area (stovetop, refrigerator) and an ensuite bathroom. Common areas include a spacious TV lounge, a modern fitness centre and a large shared kitchen, offering a relaxing setting in which to meet the other international students staying at the residence. Laundry facilities, including washing machines and a dryer, as well as high-speed internet access and cable TV are included. The building is supervised by a warden and located in the heart of the hip Bahnstadt district, near the town centre.

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Private apartment
To enjoy maximum independence, you may choose to stay in a private apartment within the school building. Offering space, comfort and proximity to the language school, the apartments are equipped with a small kitchen, a bedroom with a double bed, a lounge area and a bathroom. This accommodation may be booked by two people for the same price (the price is per apartment).

Campus Viva Residence

General information

The student apartment complex is located in Heidelberg's newest, trendy Bahnstadt-quarter. The apartment complex hosts also students from other Heidelberg schools and universities.

School distance

Door-to-door travel time:
20 minutes
Means of transportation:
tram 5R to "Weinheim", or bus
Average public transport cost:
~22 EUR per week / ~64 EUR per month
Walking distance to public transport:
8 minutes

Walking Distance

Supermarket:
10 minutes
Coffee shops:
5 minutes
Restaurants:
7 minutes
Shops:
10 minutes
Pharmacy:
10 minutes

Availability

All year round
Minimum age : 18+

Arrival and departure

Check-in / Check-out
Sunday from 6:00 pm
Saturday until 10:00 am
Entry card (building)
Key (building) 1
Code (building)
Staff on-site 24h
Deposit
250 EUR by credit card or cash
1

Meals

Use of kitchen 1
Meal-plan

Facilities

Reception desk 1
Smoking area
Cafeteria
Shared kitchen 1
Oven 1
Microwave 1
Cutlery available 1
Vending machine 1
Laundry
10 washing machines / 8 dryers ~2 EUR per load
1
Common area/lounge 1
Wi-Fi internet access 1
Cable internet access 1
TV in common room 1
DVD-player in common room
Balcony/terrace
Garden
Courtyard
1
BBQ area
Wheelchair accessible 1
Parking (cars)
~63 EUR per month
1
Parking (bicycles) 1
Swimming pool
Gym
Free
1

Room types and facilities

Single
36 rooms
~21 m2
1
Air conditioning
Heating 1
Smoking
Duvet and pillow provided 1
Bed sheets provided 1
Towels provided
Toilet paper 1
Ensuite toilet 1
Ensuite shower 1
Wash basin 1
Shared toilets
Shared showers
Cleaning
Desk 1
Wardrobe 1
Cooking facilities 1
Microwave 1
TV
Wi-Fi internet access
Cable internet access 1
Floor
Linoleum
1
Balcony
Safe deposit box
Room key provided 1

Using German outside of the classroom, in a socio-cultural context, is a great way to develop the language skills you acquire during your lessons. This is why our partner school offers students the chance to participate in a variety of activities and outings, some free or at reduced prices, both during the week and on weekends. Examples include tours of the historic town, museum and chateau, evenings at the theatre and concerts. Excursions are organised to allow you to discover other cities and the richness of the German culture: Michelstadt in Odenwald, the Roman cathedral of Spire, Frankfurt, Mannheim or Stuttgart.

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