Testimonials: Tandem, Cologne

Javier Casado Carnero
Javier Casado Carnero
TANDEM, Cologne
Duration: 3 weeks

My experience in Cologne couldn’t have been better. I was there for 3 weeks taking a B2 German course at the Tandem Sprachshule school. The expertise of the teaching staff and their down-to-earth nature is very praiseworthy, you learn a lot in a short amount of time and you practise the language through the activities organised by the school and with the students you meet there.

I stayed in a WG (Wohngemeinschaft), where my flatmates were all pretty nice. It’s true that the flat was half an hour from the school and it was necessary to take the tram every day, but Cologne is a big city and finally, you always have to take public transport to get from one place to another, but the service is excellent.

I highly recommend both the city and the school. Cologne is a really dynamic city and there are always things to do in the afternoons. It’s a very rewarding experience and you can achieve a high language level in a short time.

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María Alejandra Díaz Hernández
María Alejandra Díaz Hernández
TANDEM, Cologne
Duration: 4 weeks

My experience in Germany was excellent; the entire organisation process went very smoothly thanks to ESL. I learnt a lot and met people from many different countries. As to the apartment, I was lucky because I stayed with a lady who lived very close to the school, so it took me only 5 minutes to get there. I think Cologne is a great city for this type of exchange, because it isn’t too big, but it has everything you need. The school, for its part, organised activities that were great to practice the language and get to know the local traditions. In short, it was a fantastic experience that I hope to repeat soon.

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Michel Baiutti
Michel Baiutti
TANDEM, Cologne
Duration: 5 weeks

I took a 5-week German class at the Tandem school in Cologne. The school and the teachers are perfect. The courses are diversified and productive. The people in charge of reception are available and always able to find a solution to your requests. The cultural activities are also very interesting. The premises are friendly and within easy reach by metro or by bike! As for our free time, Cologne is an amazing city! There is something for all tastes: museums, cinemas, architecture, football, hockey, nightlife etc. You can never get bored and the people are nice. There are many students in Cologne so it enables lots of multicultural contacts.

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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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Anaïs Bobst
Anaïs Bobst
TANDEM, Cologne
Duration: 3 weeks

I spent three great weeks in Germany in the city of Cologne. I was staying with an adorable lady just 15 minutes’ walk to the school and the apartment and my room were charming. The area was nice. As regards the school, the staff at the reception as well as the teachers were nice and accommodating. I also found the classes useful and adapted to my expectations. The school offers varied, interesting activities every week and it is a great opportunity to get to know the city and its history better. Due to the weather and lack of time, I didn’t have time to visit everything I wanted to but there are many places and things to discover. I particularly enjoyed the walk by the Rhine in the heart of Cologne’s old town. In short, I am very satisfied with my stay in Cologne and I intend to go back there soon in order to further explore the city.

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Rubén Franco Díaz
Rubén Franco Díaz
TANDEM, Cologne
Duration: 4 weeks

My language study stay in Cologne was one of the best experiences of my life! The Tandem school’s staff were very nice and always answered all of my questions. They were very helpful, professional and competent. Thanks to Tandem, I improved my German skills quickly. My stay lasted only a month but it was a fantastic experience. I recommend doing it even though I know it is not an easy decision to make: I hesitated too, but you must do it without giving it too much thought. Cologne is a spectacular, very welcoming city which is pleasant to live in. There is a lot to do, the locals are lovable (contrary to the belief that German people are not friendly) and they are always ready to help you if needed.

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Natalia Barblan
Natalia Barblan
TANDEM, Cologne
Duration: 6 weeks

My name is Natalia, I’m 19 and I come from Switzerland. I took a 6-week language course at the Tandem school in Cologne, Germany. It was a fabulous experience and I had a great time there.

The Cologne Tandem school is very good. The teachers are very dedicated and the lessons are well organised. In the school office, people are also very helpful and what’s cool is that they can explain everything to you in your mother tongue if you don’t understand. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to have a tandem partner to practise the language as many students spoke French, but I am sure that all those who did it were very satisfied and learnt a lot.

Each week, the school organises a cultural programme in which you can take part if you want to. We were offered museum visits, bar outings, concerts... and all kinds of activities that allow you to discover Cologne while getting to know the other participants. With Tandem, you are sure to learn everything about German culture and to see all of the city’s attractions. Besides, everyone is very open-minded and friendly.

I was staying with a great host family, which Tandem Cologne had selected for me. They lived in a beautiful house in a peaceful neighbourhood of Nippes. I talked a lot with them and my German greatly improved. When I needed help, I could just ask them and they would help me.

Going on a language study trip to Cologne means meeting people from all over the world. On-site, I heard people speak Spanish and Korean, played billiard with my friends, visited a Japanese restaurant, celebrated the carnival, took pictures on the Rhine and I will never forget all that!

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Anthony Schmitt
Anthony Schmitt
TANDEMCologne
Duration: 4 weeks

Welcome to Cologne and to the Tandem school. The school provides high quality tuition and most of its teachers are absolutely great. Here is another good point: at Tandem, there is a « family » atmosphere. Besides, the school is ideally located, a short tram journey to the Rüdolfplatz (Cologne’s bustling centre). A regards accommodation, I was staying with a great host family who was always there for me and attentive to the needs of their guests, whom I could talk to as much as I wanted. I’m really satisfied with my 4-week trip to Cologne, all the more so as the geographical location of the town allows for easy travel to Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt and many more cities!

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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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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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