Boarding School Experience

Get involved into the German language and German school life

Student requirements

  • You are between 14 and 17 years old
  • Your passport qualifies you to travel to and stay in Germany visa free
  • Your German knowledge is at least B1 *
  • You are willing to spend at least two to three months in Germany
  • You are highly motivated to integrate yourself into a boarding school community and become an active part of the daily life

*Students with a lower German level can extend their German course prior to the school visit to reach the necessary German knowledge.

Program details

The "Boarding School Experience" covers an overall period of 2 to 4 months and combines a stay at the Humboldt-Institut Lindenberg (3 to 5 weeks) with a subsequent stay at one of our selected boarding school partners (1 to 3 months).

  1. Humboldt-Institut Lindenberg
  • Intensive German course (3 to 5 weeks) in small international classes with 30 lessons per week
  • Accommodation on campus in twin rooms with en-suite bathroom
  • Full board
  • 24-hour supervision
  • Teaching material and course certificate
  • Daily leisure program including sports, creative and social activities as well as weekly excursions

Humboldt-Institut Lindenberg

Residential school for German as a foreign language (A1-C2) (Bavaria)

The Humboldt-Institut Lindenberg is a residential school for German as a foreign language, where international students between 13 and 17 years of age are prepared for their studies at a German boarding school. The focus in intensive courses with 30 lessons is on the following areas: reading and listening comprehension, writing skills, oral expression and grammar.

A student with no previous German knowledge can complete level B2 in approx. 6-8 months due to our “total immersion” concept, continuous progress control and monitoring as well as active daily use of the German language also outside the classroom.

Accommodation in boarding home

Twin rooms, all rooms with shower/WC

Special features

Daily free time activity program (sports, creative work, social activities)

Workshops

Cultural program (including weekly full-day and half-day excursions)

The boarding home is open 365 days per year accommodating students from all over the world.

№ of students
200

maximum

№ of boarders100%
Class size
10

on average

Group size
15

on average

  1. Boarding School
  • Regular classes at a German school (1 to 3 months)
  • Accommodation on campus
  • Full board
  • Teaching material
  • Boarding school activities

Gymnasium Lindenberg

Co-educational public school with Humboldt boarding home (Bavaria)

The Gymnasium Lindenberg combines a social integrative basis with a blend of direct instruction and group work approaches. The school program aims at tolerance, responsibitity, a realistic self-assessment and mutual respect. Senior students regularly support younger students in academic and social activities.

The family environment and international atmosphere of the Humboldt boarding home supports and encourages students to integrate quickly into German everyday life. Social contacts inside and outside the boarding home are established and students are supported academically and socially throughout their school career.

Educational form

Grammar school (Years 5-13)

Branch of study

  • Languages
  • Natural sciences

Accommodation in boarding home

Twin rooms, Year 12 students can stay in single rooms

Special features

Students attend the public school and stay at the private Humboldt boarding home

Students can stay in the boarding home on weekends and holidays (except summer holidays)

Boarding home is open 365 days/year.

№ of students
650
№ of boarders60
Class size
24

on average

Group size
15

on average

Internat Schloss Buldern

Co-educational private boarding school (North Rhine-Westphalia)

For more than 50 years we offer an extremely wide range of courses and course combinations in school, so that students can choose their favorite and best classes. To enhance their motivation, each student’s individual progress is discussed regularly. Due to small classes and individual support in the school and in the boarding school, the learning process is less stressful.

The varied activities outside school help students to improve their social competence and try out different sports and activities to find their own individual way.

Educational form

Grammar school (Years 5 -13)

Branch of study

  • Fine arts
  • Languages
  • Natural sciences

Accommodation in boarding home

Twin rooms, single rooms available

Special features

Chinese is a potential Abitur subject for Chinese students

School marks are given on a monthly basis

№ of students
470
№ of boarders130
Class size
15‑20
Group size
20

on average

Lietz Internat Schloss Bieberstein

Co-educational private boarding school (Hesse)

Our educational concept is based on the fundamental idea of the founder of the school, Hermann Lietz, who propagated learning with the head, the heart and the hands. This holistic learning approach does not only focus on lessons and subjects, but tries to foster students' personality.

The school team is very enthusiastic about aligning with every student's interests, thereby consolidating strengths and overcoming weaknesses and awakening interest in new things. Teachers put great value on enabling students to discover their various talents, whether in theater, music or art and elocution, in competitions and natural history excursions. All disciplines that are offered over and above study lectures have an important impact and all students' interests are supported.

Educational form

Grammar school (Years 10-13)
Grammar school (Years 10-12), entry only with admission exam

Branch of study

  • Course system

Fixed offer of subjects leading to a general Abitur as only upper level classes (10-12 / 10-13) are taught. Focus on business sciences (10-13).

Accommodation in boarding home

Twin rooms, single rooms for senior students (final school year)

Special features

Students below Year 10 can start in Hohenwehrda and change to Bieberstein afterwards.

№ of students
100

maximum

№ of boarders100
Class size
7‑19

15 on average

Group size
8‑12

10 on average

Pädagogium Bad Sachsa

Co-educational private boarding school (Lower Saxony)

At the Pädagogium we are not exclusively focused on teaching academic knowledge, but we are equally concerned with teaching our students social skills and preparing them for all vital matters. They are to understand that in order to succeed and excel in life, mental ability is just as important as skills and commitment.

Thus, life at the Pädagogium combines academic education with a multifaceted range of offers to work in groups enabling students to learn to assume social responsibility.

Educational form

Grammar school (Years 5-13)

Branch of study

  • Languages
  • Natural sciences
  • Social sciences

Accommodation in boarding home

Single rooms

Special features

Preparation for Cambridge Certificate and DELF (French language certificate)

№ of students
400
№ of boarders40
Class size
16‑25
Group size
8‑10

Privatschule Conventz

Co-educational private boarding school (North Rhine-Westphalia)

We educate our students in the spirit of the German Constitution. Mainly, we communicate to the students that all people are equal without looking at the color, the religion, sexuality or other individual facts. We respect each other and stand together in all kinds of situations. We prepare our students for their future career and for the reality of our different social societies.

Educational form

Grammar school (Years 5-13)

Branch of study

  • Course system

With compulsory subjects and subjects of choice

Accommodation in boarding home

Single and twin rooms

Special features

Preparation for Cambridge Certificate and DELF/DALF (French language certificates)

Large variety of advanced courses to increase flexibility towards choice of subjects for “Abitur” exams

№ of students
140
№ of boarders50
Class size
15

maximum

Group size
10‑15

Zinzendorfschulen

Co-educational private boarding school (Baden-Wuerttemberg)

At the Zinzendorfschulen you live and learn in a unique ambiance of historic surroundings and the unspoiled countryside of the Black Forest.
The Zinzendorfschulen are characterized by a variety of educational paths. This variety offers optimal choices according to students' own interests and abilities.

With more than 200 years of experience in education we can assure schooling and boarding on a high level. Supporting common sense, taking care of each individual in a very personal and trustful manner and our lively extra-curricular program make everyone feel immediately at ease.

Educational form

Grammar school (Years 5-12 and 5-13)

Branch of study

  • Languages
  • Natural sciences
  • Visual arts and design

Accommodation in boarding home

Twin rooms, single rooms (depending on age)

Special features

Decentralized campus with school and boarding home within walking distance

Religion is a compulsory subject for all students

Special tutoring and activity program for international students

№ of students
950

maximum

№ of boarders70
Class size
18‑25
Group size
8‑15

Application documents

For counseling you we need (at least) the following documents by e-mail:

If possible please add:

  • Motivation letter written by the student (in German)
  • Letter of reference by at least one teacher (in English or German)

After receiving the application documents our counseling team will contact the requested boarding school(s) and recommend a suitable schedule for the “Boarding School Experience” program.

Starting dates

2024

January 7, 14, 28
February 11, 18
March 3, 17, 24, 31

August 18, 25
September 8, 15, 29
October 13, 20, 27
November 3, 17, 24
December 1, 8, 22, 29

2025

January 5, 12, 26
February 9, 16
March 2, 16, 23

The starting dates refer to the beginning of the Humboldt German course. The final starting date depends on the total program, also taking into consideration school holidays at the respective boarding schools. Our counseling team will find the best possible solution for a smooth transition between German course and school visit.

Fees

German course (3 to 5 weeks) + boarding school (4 weeks) 5,800 € - 6,670 €
German course (3 to 5 weeks) + boarding school (8 weeks) 7,900 € - 9,590 €
German course (3 to 5 weeks) + boarding school (12 weeks) 10,000 € - 12,510 €

The fees comprise the tuition and boarding fees for the German language course at the Humboldt-Institut in Lindenberg (3 to 5 weeks) and at the respective boarding school (4 to 12 weeks).

Health insurance needs to be covered throughout the entire program.
 

Extension

Please contact our counseling service for your individual offer for a longer stay in Germany. An extension of the "Boarding School Experience" program can be tailored to the individual student's needs. This option contains at least a 10-week German course at the Humboldt-Institut with a connecting school visit of > 3 months up to one school year.

Contact

Katja Kluckhohn
Booking Office

If you have any questions:

For further information and answers please see our FAQ.
Please contact us for your personal offer.