& Culture 2020
In summer 2020, STUDIENFORUM BERLIN e.V. will host intensive German
Language & Culture Programs from a variety of U.S. colleges and
The STUDIENFORUM BERLIN's German Language Program is a four to eight
week, intensive language and cultural program to enhance a student's
cultural knowledge and proficiency. You will experience contemporary
German life and culture. Excursions and field trips in the Berlin area
to sites of historical and cultural importance are an integral
component of the program. Excursions to sites outside of the Berlin
area (e.g. to Dresden, Weimar, Prague) are optional.
The Language Programs are offered both for groups of (min.
eight) students as well as for individual
students (mostly in
connection with internships
in Berlin), usually 20
or 24 hours of instruction per
Applications must be made at least four months in
Courses can take place throughout the year at any date (beginning on
Saturdays). For German language beginners classes start on the first
Monday of a new month.
Students assume responsibility for providing all necessary signatures and authorizations by the designated
deadlines. Applications which are not fully completed will not be
STUDIENFORUM BERLIN's Language Programs are offered to all students who
have had at least a GPA of 2.5. Courses for beginners start on the first Monday of a month.
There will be an on-site orientation in Berlin during the first week to
provide participants with an overview of STUDIENFORUM BERLIN's
resources, the facilities and user procedures of the school as well as
the logistics of living in Berlin such as housing, transportation,
health and safety, and recreation (6 hours).
Orientation does emphasize health and personal security while studying and while traveling in Berlin and Germany.
STUDIENFORUM BERLIN's staff will be available throughout the duration
of the course to meet the needs of the students and accompanying
faculty. This includes making reservations for cultural events
(theaters, concerts, exhibitions, etc.). STUDIENFORUM BERLIN also
organizes sightseeing tours within Berlin and Potsdam as part of the
program as well as excursions to historical and cultural places of
interest outside of the Berlin area, e.g. Dresden, Weimar, Wittenberg,
Eisenach, Prague. These optional excursions take one to three
will be provided by "Die Neue Schule" in Berlin-Wilmersdorf which has
extensive experience in carrying out language courses especially for
U.S. students. "Die Neue Schule" has the status of a "Supplementary
Private School" and is supervised by the Berlin Government (Senator
The courses of this program are of various
lengths: 4 to 8 weeks. Students with
basic, intermediate and advanced levels in German are
Die Neue Schule requires a written placement test to be transmitted at
least two weeks in advance. The student's placement is based on this
test as well as on a brief conversation on the first day of the program.
Here is how you provide your placement test at Die Neue Schule.
The language courses take place Monday to Friday and consist of 20 lesson periods per week (a total of 80 to 160 hours). Special arrangements
(e.g. 100 hours in 4 weeks or a combination of language instruction and content
courses) are possible on request. There is an online placement test
and an oral test (that meet the Goethe-Institute
standards) at the beginning of every
course. To enhance the intensive learning experience classes are small (max. 12
The method of teaching is communicative and based on the simple premise
that language comes from speaking. Role-play and intensive conversation
training are therefore an integral part of every course.
All staff of "Die Neue Schule" have university degrees as well as
extensive experience in individual and group teaching in "German as a
Foreign Language" (GFL).
Apart from well-equipped and bright
classrooms, modern facilities such as
DVD, video, teaching cassettes, etc., are
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