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, Apartment
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
17 years
Average age
24 years
Nationality mix
Italy, Turkey, Spain, etc..
ratings
220 authentic opinions
Please note that due to the safety measures implemented following official recommendations and requirements, some school facts and services – such as the number of students per class, schedules, access to common areas as well as certain activities - may differ from those described on our website. Please contact us for more information.

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. During summer, the school uses additional buildings in order to meet the demand for its complementary summer courses.

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Included in the price
  • Level and needs assessment
  • Use of study centre
  • End-of-course report and certificate
  • Activity programme

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Standard course

Beginner to advanced (C1), 1 - 52 week(s)
1 week From 230.- EUR
Lessons
24 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 52 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 12
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
10:00-13:30 (Mon), 09:30-13:45 (Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri)
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18+)
1
230 EUR
595 EUR
455 EUR
2
390 EUR
1045 EUR
765 EUR
3
530 EUR
1475 EUR
1055 EUR
4
650 EUR
1765 EUR
1205 EUR
6
910 EUR
2545 EUR
1705 EUR
8
1170 EUR
3325 EUR
2205 EUR
12
1690 EUR
4885 EUR
3205 EUR
16
2210 EUR
6445 EUR
4205 EUR
24
3250 EUR
9565 EUR
6205 EUR
Extra week (24+)
130 EUR
390 EUR
250 EUR

High & low seasons

Supplement course high season (per week) (05.07-27.08.2021) 20 EUR

Extras

Course Material (per month) (to be paid on site)
approximately
20 EUR

Options

One-to-one course (per lesson) 55 EUR
Extra night (apartment) 25 EUR
Extra night (host family) 45 EUR
Airport transfer from Cologne (pick-up) 75 EUR
Airport transfer from Düsseldorf (pick-up) 160 EUR
Starting dates beginner
11.01 / 15.02 / 22.03 / 26.04 / 31.05 / 05.07 / 02.08 / 30.08 / 27.09 / 25.10 / 22.11.2021
Starting dates (new session)
11.01 / 15.02 / 22.03 / 26.04 / 31.05 / 05.07 / 02.08 / 30.08 / 27.09 / 25.10 / 22.11.2021
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
02.04 / 05.04 / 13.05 / 24.05 / 03.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2021
Holidays
20.12.2020 - 09.01.2021
19.12.2021 - 08.01.2022

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

Combined course, 24+4 lessons/week

Beginner to advanced (C1), 1 - 52 week(s)
1 week From 420.- EUR
Lessons
General (group): 24 of 45 minutes
+ General (private): 4 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 52 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 12
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
General (group): 10:00-13:30 (Mon), 09:30-13:45 (Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri)
General (private): To be defined
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18+)
1
420 EUR
785 EUR
645 EUR
2
770 EUR
1425 EUR
1145 EUR
3
1100 EUR
2045 EUR
1625 EUR
4
1410 EUR
2525 EUR
1965 EUR
6
2050 EUR
3685 EUR
2845 EUR
8
2690 EUR
4845 EUR
3725 EUR
12
3970 EUR
7165 EUR
5485 EUR
16
5250 EUR
9485 EUR
7245 EUR
24
7810 EUR
14125 EUR
10765 EUR
Extra week (24+)
320 EUR
580 EUR
440 EUR

High & low seasons

Supplement course high season (per week) (05.07-27.08.2021) 20 EUR

Extras

Course Material (per month) (to be paid on site)
approximately
20 EUR

Options

One-to-one course (per lesson) 55 EUR
Extra night (apartment) 25 EUR
Extra night (host family) 45 EUR
Airport transfer from Cologne (pick-up) 75 EUR
Airport transfer from Düsseldorf (pick-up) 160 EUR
Starting dates beginner
11.01 / 15.02 / 22.03 / 26.04 / 31.05 / 05.07 / 02.08 / 30.08 / 27.09 / 25.10 / 22.11.2021
Starting dates (new session)
11.01 / 15.02 / 22.03 / 26.04 / 31.05 / 05.07 / 02.08 / 30.08 / 27.09 / 25.10 / 22.11.2021
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
02.04 / 05.04 / 13.05 / 24.05 / 03.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2021
Holidays
20.12.2020 - 09.01.2021
19.12.2021 - 08.01.2022

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

Combined course, 24+8 lessons/week

Beginner to advanced (C1), 1 - 52 week(s)
1 week From 610.- EUR
Lessons
General (group): 24 of 45 minutes
+ General (private): 8 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 52 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to advanced (C1)
Students/class
Max 12
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
General (group): 10:00-13:30 (Mon), 09:30-13:45 (Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri)
General (private): To be defined
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18+)
1
610 EUR
975 EUR
835 EUR
2
1150 EUR
1805 EUR
1525 EUR
3
1670 EUR
2615 EUR
2195 EUR
4
2170 EUR
3285 EUR
2725 EUR
6
3190 EUR
4825 EUR
3985 EUR
8
4210 EUR
6365 EUR
5245 EUR
12
6250 EUR
9445 EUR
7765 EUR
16
8290 EUR
12525 EUR
10285 EUR
24
12370 EUR
18685 EUR
15325 EUR
Extra week (24+)
510 EUR
770 EUR
630 EUR

High & low seasons

Supplement course high season (per week) (05.07-27.08.2021) 20 EUR

Extras

Course Material (per month) (to be paid on site)
approximately
20 EUR

Options

One-to-one course (per lesson) 55 EUR
Extra night (apartment) 25 EUR
Extra night (host family) 45 EUR
Airport transfer from Cologne (pick-up) 75 EUR
Airport transfer from Düsseldorf (pick-up) 160 EUR
Starting dates beginner
11.01 / 15.02 / 22.03 / 26.04 / 31.05 / 05.07 / 02.08 / 30.08 / 27.09 / 25.10 / 22.11.2021
Starting dates (new session)
11.01 / 15.02 / 22.03 / 26.04 / 31.05 / 05.07 / 02.08 / 30.08 / 27.09 / 25.10 / 22.11.2021
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
02.04 / 05.04 / 13.05 / 24.05 / 03.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2021
Holidays
20.12.2020 - 09.01.2021
19.12.2021 - 08.01.2022

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

TELC combined exam preparation course (B2), 24+6 lessons/week

Intermediate (B1-B2) to advanced (C1), 8/9 week(s)
8 weeks From 1665.- EUR
Lessons
General (group): 24 of 45 minutes
+ Exam preparation (group): 6 of 45 minutes
Course duration
8/9 week(s)
Levels
Intermediate (B1-B2) to advanced (C1)
Students/class
General (group): Max 12
Exam preparation (group): Max 10
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
General (group): 10:00-13:30 (Mon), 09:30-13:45 (Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri)
Exam preparation (group): 14:30-17:00 (Tues, Thu)
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18+)
8
1665 EUR
3820 EUR
2700 EUR
9
1665 EUR
4080 EUR
2820 EUR

High & low seasons

Supplement course high season (per week) (05.07-27.08.2021) 20 EUR

Extras

Course Material (per month) (to be paid on site)
approximately
20 EUR
TELC exam fee (to be paid on site)
between 80 and 195 according to the level
On request

Options

One-to-one course (per lesson) 55 EUR
Extra night (apartment) 25 EUR
Extra night (host family) 45 EUR
Airport transfer from Cologne (pick-up) 75 EUR
Airport transfer from Düsseldorf (pick-up) 160 EUR
Starting dates 8 wk
11.01 / 08.03 / 05.07 / 30.08 / 25.10.2021
Starting dates 9 wk
03.05.2021
Exam dates
On request
Bank holidays
02.04 / 05.04 / 13.05 / 24.05 / 03.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2021
Holidays
20.12.2020 - 09.01.2021
19.12.2021 - 08.01.2022

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

TELC combined exam preparation course (C1), 24+6 lessons/week

Upper-intermediate (B2) to advanced (C1), 8/9 week(s)
8 weeks From 1665.- EUR
Lessons
General (group): 24 of 45 minutes
+ Exam preparation (group): 6 of 45 minutes
Course duration
8/9 week(s)
Levels
Upper-intermediate (B2) to advanced (C1)
Students/class
General (group): Max 12
Exam preparation (group): Max 10
Minimum age
17 years
Schedule
General (group): 10:00-13:30 (Mon), 09:30-13:45 (Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri)
Exam preparation (group): 14:30-17:00 (Tues, Thu)
Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
Week(s)
Without accommodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18+)
8
1665 EUR
3820 EUR
2700 EUR
9
1665 EUR
4080 EUR
2820 EUR

High & low seasons

Supplement course high season (per week) (05.07-27.08.2021) 20 EUR

Extras

Course Material (per month) (to be paid on site)
approximately
20 EUR
TELC exam fee (to be paid on site)
between 80 and 195 according to the level
On request

Options

One-to-one course (per lesson) 55 EUR
Extra night (apartment) 25 EUR
Extra night (host family) 45 EUR
Airport transfer from Cologne (pick-up) 75 EUR
Airport transfer from Düsseldorf (pick-up) 160 EUR
Starting dates 8 wk
11.01 / 08.03 / 05.07 / 30.08 / 25.10.2021
Starting dates 9 wk
03.05.2021
Exam dates
On request
Bank holidays
02.04 / 05.04 / 13.05 / 24.05 / 03.06 / 03.10 / 01.11.2021
Holidays
20.12.2020 - 09.01.2021
19.12.2021 - 08.01.2022

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

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

95% of students recommending this school

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

220 students gave their opinion about this school

23 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Je ne peux pas vraiment juger des infrastructures de l'école au vu des conditions de ces derniers mois. Certain.e.s profs utilisent beaucoup le livre Aspekte, sans apporter d'autres sources. Ça peut être un peu ennuyant parfois. Mais sinon les cours étaient globalement super! Famille fantastique
11 weeks, October – December 2020
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui, j'ai même fait l'examen Telc-C1 début mars. Ce n'était pas forcément prévu au départ. »
20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Je ne suis pas parti à la meilleure période pour un séjour linguistique. En effet, en pleine pandémie de Covid-19, même s'il n'y avait plus de confinement, les conditions étaient difficiles pour découvrir une nouvelle ville. Pour respecter les distances à cause de la pandémie, les tables étaient éloignées les unes des autres. Par conséquent, le contact avec les autres élèves lors des activités de groupes et des discussions n'était pas très naturel.
6 weeks, July – August 2020
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (3.7 / 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 (3.3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (1.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Je pense avoir récupéré le niveau d'allemand que j'avais en sortant de l'école. Je n'en avais en effet pas fait depuis 5 ans. J'ai revu certains point de grammaire et j'en ai appris d'autres. J'ai acquis plus d'aisance à parler et surtout à écrire en allemand. J'ai également enrichi mon vocabulaire. »
School highlights
« La visite des collections du musée romain-germanique (il ne s'agissait pas de la visite du musée en soi car il était en rénovation, mais des pièces les plus importantes qui avaient été déplacées dans un autre bâtiment). Les promenades au bord du Rhin. »
Top tips
« La cathédrale de Cologne. La boutique du musée du chocolat. »
17 years old - Belgium
/ 5
Madame Heidiger a été très accueillante et l'ambiance était très chaleureuse
1 week, October 2020
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4 / 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 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui, ma grammaire s'est amélioré et j'ai pu m'améliorer à l'oral »
School highlights
« Personnel très disponible et à l'écouteencouragement à s'exprimer oralement »
Top tips
« Visite du centre historique de Cologne : musée historique et cathédrale »
53 years old - Belgium
/ 5
Le choix de la ville de koln etait pour facilite de proximite. Tres bons contacts avec les professeurs et les etudiants. Le seul bemol etait que nous avons eu 2 professeures differents. Cela n empeche pas qu ils etaient tres competant et faisant preuve de beaucoup de professionalisme
1 week, March 2020
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 (4 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
12 weeks, September – December 2019
Value for money (2 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 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 (4.3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
18 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
12 weeks, September – November 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
School highlights
« La diversité, l’ambiance, les profs, les horaires »
Top tips
« Mangal Dönner le meilleur Kebab du monde à 5min de l’école Little Italy meilleur restaurant à 1min de l’école »
22 years old - United Kingdom
/ 5
6 weeks, September – November 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Leisure (4.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Hanna est absolument géniale ! Toujours là quand on a besoin d’elle, très accueillante et chaleureuse. Elle cuisine très bien !J’ai eu énormément de chance de tomber sur Hanna
6 weeks, September – October 2019
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Do you think you've made progress?
« Absolument, je parle avec plus de fluidité et plus rapidement. Je comprends mieux et structure mes phrases correctement. »
School highlights
« Les cours privés (vraiment géniaux et très enrichissants), les élèves, la diversité des cours »
Top tips
« La visite du Dôme, les nombreuses Brauhaus typiques en Allemagne, le Rhin. »
18 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
4 weeks, August – September 2019
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 (4.3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
4 weeks, August – September 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3.8 / 5) ()
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (4.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Mettre en action tous les points de théorie que j'ai pu voir à L'école en Suisse. Et en un mois j'ai clairement senti que je parlais plus fluidement. »
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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