Colón Language Center, Hamburg

From 150.- EUR
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Key points

  • International, cultural and historic city
  • Calm location
  • Modern premises

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Exams
TestDaf
School size
XL
Accommodations
Host family, Residence, Apartment
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
25 years
Nationality mix
Switzerland, China, Spain, etc..

Founded in 1952, Colón Language Center is one of the longest-running language schools in Germany. Its three buildings, located in a pedestrian area in the heart of the city, house some 60 teachers and 800 students, both international and German, as the institution is also a recognised centre for continuing education. This range of cultures reflects the diversity that Hamburg is known for.

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  • End-of-course report and certificate
  • Activity programme

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Intensive course

Beginner to advanced (C1), 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week From 150.- EUR
Lessons
25 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:50-13:00
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board
Colon Language Center residence, double room, no meals (18+)
12
1590 EUR
6210 EUR
3990 EUR
16
2120 EUR
8280 EUR
5320 EUR
24
3180 EUR
12420 EUR
7980 EUR
36
4770 EUR
18630 EUR
11970 EUR

Extras

Course Material (to be paid on site)
max. approximately 42 EUR
On request

Options

One-to-one course, 20 lessons/week (per week) 780 EUR
One-to-one course, 30 lessons/week (per week) 1170 EUR
Exam preparation (TELC B2) 75 EUR
Extra night (host family) 65 EUR
Retention fee (host family) (per week) 385 EUR
Retention fee (residence) (per week) 200 EUR
Airport transfer from Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel (pick-up) 95 EUR

TELC B2 exam preparation

The course takes place on a Saturday, from 10am until 3.30pm, approximately 3 weeks prior to the exam date. It includes a total of 6 lessons.
Dates: 25.01, 22.02, 28.03, 25.04, 06.06, 27.06, 01.08, 29.08, 10.10, 07.11.2020
Exam dates: 14.02, 13.03, 24.04, 15.05, 19.06, 17.07, 21.08, 18.09, 23.10, 20.11.2020
Enrolment deadline: 10.01, 07.02, 20.03, 09.04, 15.05, 12.06, 17.07, 14.08, 18.09, 16.10.2020

Starting dates beginner
06.01 / 03.02 / 02.03 / 30.03 / 04.05 / 02.06 / 29.06 / 13.07 / 03.08 / 17.08 / 31.08 / 28.09 / 02.11 / 30.11.2020
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
10.04 / 13.04 / 01.05 / 21.05 / 01.06.2020
Holidays
24.12.2019 - 01.01.2020
24.12.2020 - 25.12.2020
27.12.2020 - 02.01.2021

Homestay and shared apartments:
Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Residence: Arrival (12:00-18:00) and departure (before 10:00) on Fridays only

Combined course, 25+5 lessons/week

Beginner to advanced (C1), 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week From 345.- EUR
Lessons
General (group): 25 of 45 minutes
+ General (private): 5 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:00-13:00
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board
Colon Language Center residence, double room, no meals (18+)
12
3930 EUR
8550 EUR
6330 EUR
16
5240 EUR
11400 EUR
8440 EUR
24
7860 EUR
17100 EUR
12660 EUR
36
11790 EUR
25650 EUR
18990 EUR

Extras

Course Material (to be paid on site)
max. approximately 42 EUR
On request

Options

One-to-one course, 20 lessons/week (per week) 780 EUR
One-to-one course, 30 lessons/week (per week) 1170 EUR
Exam preparation (TELC B2) 75 EUR
Extra night (host family) 65 EUR
Retention fee (host family) (per week) 385 EUR
Retention fee (residence) (per week) 200 EUR
Airport transfer from Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel (pick-up) 95 EUR

TELC B2 exam preparation

The course takes place on a Saturday, from 10am until 3.30pm, approximately 3 weeks prior to the exam date. It includes a total of 6 lessons.
Dates: 25.01, 22.02, 28.03, 25.04, 06.06, 27.06, 01.08, 29.08, 10.10, 07.11.2020
Exam dates: 14.02, 13.03, 24.04, 15.05, 19.06, 17.07, 21.08, 18.09, 23.10, 20.11.2020
Enrolment deadline: 10.01, 07.02, 20.03, 09.04, 15.05, 12.06, 17.07, 14.08, 18.09, 16.10.2020

Starting dates beginner
06.01 / 03.02 / 02.03 / 30.03 / 04.05 / 02.06 / 29.06 / 13.07 / 03.08 / 17.08 / 31.08 / 28.09 / 02.11 / 30.11.2020
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
10.04 / 13.04 / 01.05 / 21.05 / 01.06.2020
Holidays
24.12.2019 - 01.01.2020
24.12.2020 - 25.12.2020
27.12.2020 - 02.01.2021

Homestay and shared apartments:
Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Residence: Arrival (12:00-18:00) and departure (before 10:00) on Fridays only

TestDaf combined exam preparation course, 15+10 lessons/week

Advanced (C1), 6/7/8/10/11 week(s)
6 weeks From 875.- EUR
Lessons
General (group): 15 of 45 minutes
+ Exam preparation (group): 10 of 45 minutes
Course duration
6/7/8/10/11 week(s)
Levels
Advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 15
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:50-13:00
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.

The vibrant port city of Hamburg is a great choice for a longer period of time abroad learning German. Spend your days developing your German skills at an accelerated pace as you study for the TELC exam and your free time exploring sights like the Altonaer Balkon Park on the waterfront and Hamburg’s charming old quarter. What’s more, the school is an official TELC centre, so you can take the exam right where you’ve been preparing for it – how convenient!

Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board
Colon Language Center residence, double room, no meals (18+)
6
875 EUR
3185 EUR
2075 EUR
7
1050 EUR
3745 EUR
2450 EUR
8
1225 EUR
4305 EUR
2825 EUR
10
1425 EUR
5275 EUR
3425 EUR
11
1600 EUR
5835 EUR
3800 EUR

Extras

Course Material (to be paid on site)
max. approximately 42 EUR
On request
TestDaf exam fee (to be paid online) On request

Options

One-to-one course, 20 lessons/week (per week) 780 EUR
One-to-one course, 30 lessons/week (per week) 1170 EUR
Exam preparation (TELC B2) 75 EUR
Extra night (host family) 65 EUR
Retention fee (host family) (per week) 385 EUR
Retention fee (residence) (per week) 200 EUR
Airport transfer from Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel (pick-up) 95 EUR

TELC B2 exam preparation

The course takes place on a Saturday, from 10am until 3.30pm, approximately 3 weeks prior to the exam date. It includes a total of 6 lessons.
Dates: 25.01, 22.02, 28.03, 25.04, 06.06, 27.06, 01.08, 29.08, 10.10, 07.11.2020
Exam dates: 14.02, 13.03, 24.04, 15.05, 19.06, 17.07, 21.08, 18.09, 23.10, 20.11.2020
Enrolment deadline: 10.01, 07.02, 20.03, 09.04, 15.05, 12.06, 17.07, 14.08, 18.09, 16.10.2020

Starting dates 6 wk
06.01.2020
Starting dates 7 wk
20.04.2020
Starting dates 8 wk
02.06 / 20.07.2020
Starting dates 10 wk
07.09.2020
Starting dates 11 wk
10.02.2020
Exam dates
13.02 / 22.04 / 03.06 / 22.07 / 10.09 / 10.11.2020
Bank holidays
10.04 / 13.04 / 01.05 / 21.05 / 01.06.2020
Holidays
24.12.2019 - 01.01.2020
24.12.2020 - 25.12.2020
27.12.2020 - 02.01.2021

Homestay and shared apartments:
Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Residence: Arrival (12:00-18:00) and departure (before 10:00) on Fridays only

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

92% of students recommending this school

Destination
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/ 5
Value for money
/ 5
Teaching
/ 5
Leisure
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345 students gave their opinion about this school

19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
4 weeks, September – October 2019
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (3 / 5)
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Nationality mix
Teaching (3.7 / 5)
Course materials
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Accommodation (3.3 / 5) (Other)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Do you think you've made progress?
« Si ho migliorato il mio livello di tedesco. »
20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
6 weeks, July – September 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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18 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
6 weeks, September – October 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
6 weeks, August – October 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (2.3 / 5)
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School (4.5 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.3 / 5) (Residence)
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19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Je recommande la résidence de l’école car elle est au centre de la ville, ainsi nous avons accès à tout et tout est proche. Les chambres sont spacieuses et munies de tous les meubles nécessaires. Cependant il faut faire attention à l’étage choisi dans la résidence car la résidence n’a pas tout rénové. Ainsi la cuisine du dernier étage n’est pas convenable pour cuisiner. Je conseille également les chambres par deux car vous vous sentez moins seul et il y a une meilleure ambiance.
6 weeks, August – October 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 (4 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui, j’ai fait des progrès. J’ai acquis du vocabulaire et le fait d’avoir des élèves de différents pays nous obligent à parler constamment l’allemand. Ainsi, je parle plus fluidemment. »
School highlights
« J’ai préféré lorsque nous étions que sept dans une classe. Nous apprenons et avançons plus vite et mieux. J’ai bien aimé le mélange de cultures. »
20 years old - Italy
/ 5
4 weeks, September – October 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (4.5 / 5)
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Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
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Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3.7 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
6 weeks, August – October 2019
Value for money (2 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
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School (5 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (5 / 5) (Other)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui grâce au cours intensive, les profs ( andrea et alina ) très très très bien! »
School highlights
« Les profs »
18 years old - Germany
/ 5
6 weeks, August – September 2019
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (3 / 5)
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School (3.5 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Leisure (2.3 / 5)
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22 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Diciamo che l`esperienza dipendeva molto anche dal docente. Ma i mesi sono sempre pieni di attività interessanti.
9 weeks, June – August 2019
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (3 / 5)
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Teaching (3.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (2.7 / 5) (Residence)
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Leisure (3 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Sono stata ad Amburgo due mesi, il primo i progressi sono stati quasi inesistenti ma nel secondo essendo stata in famiglia credo di essere migliorata molto. »
School highlights
« Le lezioni erano interessanti anche se all'inizio si é davvero spaesati perché si arriva in una classe dove c'é già un programma avviato e nessuno spende molto del tempo per lo studente appena arrivato. »
Top tips
« Per quanto riguarda la città é tutto molto bello. »
26 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
6 weeks, August – September 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (3 / 5)
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Teaching (3.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.7 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (3.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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Testimonials

Benoît Dubuis
Benoît Dubuis
Colón Language Center, Hamburg
Duration: 8 weeks

I’m very satisfied with my German course as well as my accommodation. I’m staying in a shared apartment with a father and his 2 sons who live in Hamburg. This type of accommodation allows me to talk to my “roommates” in German very often and even if I prepare my own meals, I often have dinner with them. My courses are demanding and I have to study at home as well but I like the fact that I have two teachers per day and that each teacher concentrate on a special matter. The first teacher concentrates on grammar and the second one on conversation.

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David Williams
David Williams
Colón Language Center, Hamburg
Duration: 12 weeks

My stay at the Colón Language School in Hamburg for 3 months was great fun, the classes were well taught and there was plenty of opportunity to meet people from all over the world. The school residence is in an excellent location and is an easy way to get settled in. Overall my experience of Hamburg was very enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn German.

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Charlotte Volery
Charlotte Volery

My stay in Hamburg was terrific! The city is really interesting; it is bursting with cultural treasures and entertainment options. You can find everything you want here. It is a lively city with a varied layout. As far as I am concerned, I loved the districts of Altona and Sternschanze, because they have a character of their own.

As regards the school, my classes and my teachers were very good. Even though at the beginning, I found it a bit difficult to meet people because there is no student lounge.

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Host family
Host families are all chosen with care by the school and live in the city’s residential districts, around 20-45 minutes by public transport from the school. Students stay in single rooms and have the choice of half-board, breakfast only or self-catering. Staying with a host family is your opportunity to discover the local way of life through the language and people.

Colón Language Center residence (from 18 years, minimum 4 weeks)
Located in the heart of the Hamburg city centre, the residence is only intended for students of the Colón Language Center. You will share an apartment located in the Colonnaden 47 school building, where most of the classrooms are located. Some apartments are also located in the neighboring building: in Colonnaden 45. You will stay in a single or double room (triple rooms available on request), and all bedrooms have a satellite TV. Rooms are cleaned daily from Monday to Friday and bed linen is changed once a week. On each floor, there are shared bathrooms. You will be able to cook light meals in the pantry area of the residence, equipped with a microwave, kettle, coffee machine and hotplate. Arrival to (12:00-18:00) and departure from (before 10:00) the residence must take place on a Friday.

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Shared apartment (from 18 years, minimum 4 weeks)
Usually called a WG (Wohngemeinschaft), this is a very popular way for students and twenty-somethings to live in Germany. As well as getting good value by living in a shared apartment (around 20–45 minutes from the school by public transport), you will get to know local Germans, whether university students, singles or couples. You will stay in a single furnished room and will share the bathroom and kitchen with your flatmates. Bed linen and bath towels are provided. Household Chores are shared between the roommates.

Colon Residence

General information

The residence is located in the school´s building, in a pedestrian zone in the city centre of Hamburg. It is a prime location close to the main shopping district and the Alster lake.

School distance

Door-to-door travel time:
1 minute
Means of transportation:
Walking
Walking distance to public transport:
4 minutes

Walking Distance

Supermarket:
10 minutes
Coffee shops:
3 minutes
Restaurants:
3 minutes
Shops:
5 minutes
Pharmacy:
3 minutes
Night clubs:
15 minutes
City center:
10 minutes

Availability

All year round
Minimum age : 18+

Arrival and departure

Check-in / Check-out
Friday from 12:00 pm
Friday until 10:00 am
Entry card (building)
Key (building)
Code (building)
Staff on-site 24h
Deposit

Meals

Use of kitchen
Please see notes above.
Meal-plan

Facilities

Reception desk
Smoking area
Cafeteria
Shared kitchen
The residence has two floors: one with a fully equipped kitchen, and the other with only a small pantry area with no cooking facilities (fridge, coffee machine, water cooker and dishes.)
Oven
Microwave
Cutlery available
Vending machine
Laundry
Common area/lounge
Wi-Fi internet access
Cable internet access
TV in common room
DVD-player in common room
Balcony/terrace
Garden
BBQ area
Wheelchair accessible
Parking (cars)
Parking (bicycles)
Swimming pool
Gym

Room types and facilities

Single
7
: 8 m2/ : 20 m2
Twin
9
: 23 m2/ : 28 m2
Available for a single travelling student.
Shared room
2
: 0 m2/ : 57 m2
Available for a single travelling student.
Air conditioning
Heating
Smoking
Duvet and pillow provided
Bed sheets provided
Towels provided
Toilet paper
Ensuite toilet
Ensuite shower
Wash basin
Shared toilets
Shared showers
Cleaning
Daily cleaning from Monday to Friday.
Desk
Wardrobe
Cooking facilities
Microwave
TV
Wi-Fi internet access
Cable internet access
Floor
Carpets in the rooms, tiled bathrooms and kitchens.
Balcony
Safe deposit box
Room key provided

Hamburg is one of Europe’s most exciting cities right now, and offers a superb variety of social and sports activities. The school organises numerous excursions and tours of the city and its surroundings. Discover the popular local tea scene or, for night owls, clubs that rival Berlin (but without the tourist hordes). The team at Colón Language Center can help you plan your free time activities, and also offers weekend trips to Lübeck, Sylt or Bremen.

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