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!