Long term study in immersion: Colón Language Center

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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, Shared apartment
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
25 years
Nationality mix
Switzerland, Italy, Spain, etc..
ratings
311 authentic opinions

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 50 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. Our partner school has developed its own teaching manual, and uses numerous interactive resources to help you learn German. There is Wi-Fi throughout the school, so you can stay connected at all times.

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Intensive course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From EUR 150.-
Lessons
25 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
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 accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, double room, no meals (18 y.o.)
12
1560
6180
3960
24
3120
12360
7920
36
4680
18540
11880
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates Beginner
02.01 / 28.01 / 04.03 / 01.04 / 29.04 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 15.07 / 29.07 / 12.08 / 02.09 / 30.09 / 04.11 / 02.12.2019
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
19.04 / 22.04 / 01.05 / 30.05 / 10.06 / 03.10 / 31.10.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
24.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

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

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From EUR 340.-
Lessons
30 of 45 minutes
(25 general + 5 one-to-one)
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
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 accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, double room, no meals (18 y.o.)
12
3840
8460
6240
24
7680
16920
12480
36
11520
25380
18720
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates Beginner
02.01 / 28.01 / 04.03 / 01.04 / 29.04 / 03.06 / 01.07 / 15.07 / 29.07 / 12.08 / 02.09 / 30.09 / 04.11 / 02.12.2019
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
19.04 / 22.04 / 01.05 / 30.05 / 10.06 / 03.10 / 31.10.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
24.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

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

Advanced to Advanced, 6 / 8 week(s)
6 week(s) - From EUR 825.-
Lessons
25 of 45 minutes
(15 general + 10 TestDAF)
Course duration
6 / 8 week(s)
+ 1 Extra week(s) of accommodation (Exams)
Levels
Advanced to Advanced
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.
Exam dates TestDaf: 10.04, 23.05, 18.07, 12.09, 05.11.2019

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 accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Residence, double room, no meals (18 y.o.)
6+1
900
3595
2300
8+1
1250
4715
3050
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates 6 wk
08.04.2019
Starting dates 8 wk
11.02 / 20.05 / 15.07 / 09.09.2019
Bank holidays
19.04 / 22.04 / 01.05 / 30.05 / 10.06 / 03.10 / 31.10.2019
Holidays
23.12.2018 - 01.01.2019
24.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

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

Options/Extras

Course material (to be paid on site) (per level) (max. approximately 60 EUR)
One-to-one course (20 lessons/week) 760 EUR
One-to-one course (30 lessons/week) 1140 EUR
Exam preparation (TELC B2) 75 EUR
Exam fee (to be paid on site) (TELC B2) 150 EUR
Airport transfer (on arrival) (Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel) 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: 26.01, 23.02, 30.03, 27.04, 01.06, 29.06, 27.07, 31.08, 28.09, 02.11.2019
Exam dates: 15.02, 15.03, 26.04, 17.05, 21.06, 19.07, 16.08, 20.09, 18.10, 22.11.2019
Enrolment deadline: 11.01, 08.02, 22.03, 12.04, 17.05, 14.06, 12.07, 16.08, 13.09, 18.10.2019

Other accommodation options

Host family, single room, breakfast
Host family, single room, no meals
Residence, single room, no meals (18 y.o.) (Colon Language Center)
Shared apartment, single room, no meals (18 y.o.)

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.

4.2/5
Overall rating

92% of students recommending this school

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311 students gave their opinion about this school

23 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
5 weeks, April – May 2019
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (4 / 5)
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Teaching (2.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (4 / 5) (Host family)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Essere in un ambiente con tante persone con lo stesso obiettivo permette di motivarsi a vicenda. Ora capisco meglio gli errori che faccio e ho migliorato il mio vocabolario. »
School highlights
« La posizione »
Top tips
« Reeperbahn è impressionante e gli eventi sono spesso belli, hafengeburtstag »
18 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Ho alloggiato in un appartamento per studenti, tutti monolocali per 1 persona, molto pratici e moderne. Si trova vicina alla stazione centrale, quindi si ha a disposizione tutte le line di S-Bahn, U-Bahn.
19 weeks, January – May 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
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« Si »
23 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Le wifi accessible uniquement dans une salle de classe est clairement une grosse lacune au niveau des infrastructures.Nous avons beaucoup lu de textes en classe, ce que nous pouvons faire chez nous sans professeur. Lire de temps en temps est bien mais il serait préférable d'utiliser ce temps en classe pour entraîner l'oral plutôt que la lecture. Au niveau des loisirs, il n'y a pas eu de proposition de sport, qui est un bon moyen de communiquer et de partager
12 weeks, February – April 2019
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui.J'ai appris du vocabulaire, entraîné mon oral surtout grâce à mon cours privé, la grammaire a été bien apportée. »
School highlights
« Sa position et l'efficacité des employées d'administration qui ont totalement et rapidement répondu aux demandes et aux questions. Tous les professeurs (que j'ai eu) sont différents et ont une manière différente d'enseigner, ce qui offre beaucoup de possibilités d'apprendre. Ils sont très ouverts à la discussion et ont permis d'avoir une très bonne ambiance de classe. »
24 years old - United Kingdom
/ 5
An absolutely wonderful experience. I have gone from absolute German to being able to have basic conversations, ordering in shops and restaurants and getting around in just two weeks. The teacher, Imke, was phenomenal, as were the fill in teachers we had this week when she was sick. Hamburg is a lovely city and I am looking forward to coming back in July to do another two weeks of intensive German. Really enjoyed.
1 week, April – May 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Yes, I have made a huge amount of progress. I have learnt so much about German grammar, verbs, nouns and culture. I feel so much more confident speaking German now, and am able to have basic conversations. »
22 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Beaucoup trop de francophones, autrement, l'école est plutôt bien ! C'est un studio super moderne avec toutes les commodités qu'il faut et extrêmement bien placé dans la ville
22 weeks, October 2018 – March 2019
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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« Oui, j'ai pu atteindre mon niveau souhaité (C1) car les cours étaient bien, mais il faut savoir travailler de son côté pour vraiment progresser »
School highlights
« Les profs étaient supers, en tout cas pour ceux que j'ai eu. »
Top tips
« Simplement se promener dans la ville, car elle est magnifique. L'Elbphilarmonie est un très beau bâtiment, et le quartier du port est absolument à voir. »
20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Dans les classes de C1, les jeunes ne sont pas nombreux. Ce sont plutôt des adultes de minimum 35 ans.Mais au final cela ne change rien à la bonne ambiance de la classe, mais parfois ralenti le tempo.
12 weeks, January – March 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (4 / 5)
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Teaching (4.3 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.8 / 5) (Host family)
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Leisure (3.3 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui, en parlant avec des amis fait sur place et aussi au contact de la famille »
School highlights
« - quand les classes ne sont pas trop remplie- la sympathie des professeurs-... »
25 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
12 weeks, January – March 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
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21 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
10 weeks, January – March 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Si penso di aver fatto progressi , perchè ora riesco a parlare un po’ di tutto e anche con più facilità »
School highlights
« L’ambiente in classe , i compagni , gli insegnanti »
21 years old - Italy
/ 5
13 weeks, December 2018 – March 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Si, parlare con persone e professori madrelingua sicuramente aiuta rispetto a un professore che il tedesco lo ha solo studiato »
39 years old - Spain
/ 5
7 weeks, January – March 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (3 / 5)
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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. You will stay in a single or double room (triple rooms available on request), and all bedrooms have a satellite TV and radio. 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.

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.

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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) No
Key (building) Yes
Code (building) No
Staff on-site 24h No
Deposit No

Meals

Use of kitchen
Please see notes above.
Yes
Meal-plan No

Facilities

Reception desk No
Smoking area No
Cafeteria No
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.)
Yes
Oven Yes
Microwave Yes
Cutlery available Yes
Vending machine No
Laundry No
Common area/lounge No
Wi-Fi internet access Yes
Cable internet access No
TV in common room No
DVD-player in common room No
Balcony/terrace No
Garden No
BBQ area No
Wheelchair accessible No
Parking (cars) No
Parking (bicycles) No
Swimming pool No
Gym No

Room types and facilities

Single
7 rooms
min.: 8 m2/ max.: 20 m2
Yes
Twin
9 rooms
min.: 23 m2/ max.: 28 m2
Available for a single travelling student.
Yes
Shared room
2 rooms
min.: 0 m2/ max.: 57 m2
Available for a single travelling student.
Yes
Air conditioning No
Heating Yes
Smoking No
Duvet and pillow provided Yes
Bed sheets provided Yes
Towels provided Yes
Toilet paper Yes
Ensuite toilet No
Ensuite shower No
Wash basin No
Shared toilets Yes
Shared showers Yes
Cleaning
Daily cleaning from Monday to Friday.
Yes
Desk Yes
Wardrobe Yes
Cooking facilities No
Microwave No
TV Yes
Wi-Fi internet access Yes
Cable internet access No
Floor
Carpets in the rooms, tiled bathrooms and kitchens.
Yes
Balcony No
Safe deposit box No
Room key provided Yes

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, including the television studios and the famous local breweries. 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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