The Humboldt-Institut e.V. is a non-profit association established in 1977 for teaching German as a foreign language. In the three-plus decades of its existence, over 35,000 students from 154 countries have taken part in the Institute’s intensive language courses. From a single program center at Ratzenried Castle – which serves as its administration headquarters – the Humboldt-Institut has grown to a network of 20 program sites throughout
The Institute owes the constant increase in demand in no small part to the fact that, since its establishment, it has always placed a great deal of importance on both challenging as well as supporting each student to the
greatest possible extent. This includes, for instance, an extensive placement test that all participants take on the first day of classes so that the teachers can make a careful assessment of each individual’s prior knowledge. Students must receive at least 75% of the maximum number of points for a given skills level before they can advance to the next level.
Tests are also conducted each week to monitor student performance, with the aim of ensuring that all classes provide students with the best possible support in the learning process. The Humboldt-Institut does not make comfortable compromises in this regard, nor does it hesitate to move students down a level if they continue to demonstrate considerable deficiencies for the level to which they had been assigned.
Small but fine linguistic nuances are often what prevents students from achieving perfection. And it is because the Humboldt-Institut aims for perfection that so many students participate in its intensive German courses,
where they can truly gauge their success.
• No other school is faster and more efficient in preparing students for internationally recognized language certification such as the „Zertifikat Deutsch“ or the „TestDaF“ exam.
• The Humboldt-Institut is the only institution in Germany that goes beyond the six internationally standardized language levels of the Common European Framework of Reference, as it offers a proficiency level of 12 weeks duration on top of the nine months of language instruction at the A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 levels.
• At the Humboldt-Institut a total beginner with no previous German skills can usually successfully complete the TestDaF exam in as little as 8 months.
• At the Humboldt-Institut students are taught by very skilled and motivated teachers in small classes of normally 5 -10 students. A regular course usually comprises 30 lessons of 45-minutes each per week.
• Most of the schools of the Humboldt-Institut are boarding schools, which enhances not only the learning process, but also the enjoyment of the common experience.
• All prices are transparent, as course fees include tuition, books, accommodation, full board, leisure time activities and excursions for most of the course centers of the Humboldt-Institut.
• In 20 program centers all over Germany the Humboldt-Institut tailors its classes to the needs of the target groups (from juniors of 8 years of age to business executives).
• The Humboldt-Institut guarantees for a swift and thorough learning process due to the total immersion program and reliable tutoring. This way course participants learn German faster and hence get more for their