Boarding School Experience

Get involved into the German language and German school life

Student requirements

  • You are between 10 and 17 years old
  • Your passport qualifies you to travel to and stay in Germany visa free
  • You already have previous knowledge of German and completed at least A2 level (300 – 500 lessons)
  • 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

Program details

  1. Humboldt-Institut Bad Schussenried
  • Intensive German course (3 to 5 weeks) in small international classes with 30 lessons per week (14–17 years) or 25 lessons per week (10–13 years)
  • 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 Bad Schussenried

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

The Humboldt-Institut Bad Schussenried prepares international students for their studies at a German boarding school. The focus is on the following areas: reading and listening comprehension, writing skills, oral expression and grammar. Students are taught in intensive courses with 30 lessons per week (teenagers) or 25 lessons per week (children).

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 and balcony

Special features

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

Additional supporting program for children (ages 10-13)

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
300

maximum

№ of boarders100%
Class size
10

on average

Group size
10‑15
  1. Boarding School
  • Regular classes at a German school (1 to 3 months)
  • Accommodation on campus
  • Full board
  • Teaching material
  • Boarding school activities

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 -12 and 7 -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

Max-Rill-Gymnasium Schloss Reichersbeuern

Co-educational private boarding school (Bavaria)

The Max-Rill-Gymnasium was founded in 1938 as a private boarding school. It is situated in a historic castle located south of Munich and- with around 140 pupils - it is one of the smallest state-approved grammar schools and boarding schools in Bavaria that can point to a long tradition. Given the manageable size of our school, our teachers know their students very well and can take care of them and accompany them on an individual basis during the learning process. Our college has got a special profile in social sciences, theatre, and digitally-based learning. We admit a limited number of international students and successfully integrate them into our classes. Important for an open-minded and intercultural learning is our partnership with a college in Moscow/Russia.

Educational form

Grammar school (Years 5-12)

Branch of study

  • Social sciences

Special focus on fine arts (music, arts, theater) possible

Accommodation in boarding home

Twin rooms (Years 5-10) and single rooms (Years 11-12)

Special features

Parent contact via Skype at least twice a year

№ of students
145

maximum

№ of boarders75
Class size
16‑20
Group size
10‑14

Nordsee-Internat

Co-educational private boarding school (Schleswig-Holstein)

Lively learning and healthy living in a trusting environment and a pleasant atmosphere. In the middle of St. Peter-Ording. Right on the North Sea. This is the North Sea boarding school. We support our students in learning and learning how to learn and prepare them for life in a sustainable way. School and boarding home are consciously independent for us – for a particularly trusting, but independent relationship between students and educators. We can offer all available school types and degrees with high school graduation (Abitur) after Year 13.

Educational form

Grammar school (Years 5-13)

Branch of study

  • Languages
  • Natural sciences

Accommodation in boarding home

Twin rooms, single rooms for senior students in Years 12 and 13

Special features

Boarding home is open 365 days/year

Shuttle service to Hamburg

Primary School (Years 3 and 4) offered

№ of students
500
№ of boarders120
Class size
20‑25
Group size
8‑10

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
320
№ 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 for German courses

2019

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

2020

January 5, 12, 26
February 9, 16
March 1, 15, 29

The availability of the above-mentioned starting dates is subject to change considering the total program duration and 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 for German course + school visit packages

German course (3-5 weeks) + boarding school for...
...1 month ...2 months ...3 months
Nordsee-Internat 4,200 € 6,000 € 7,800 €
Pädagogium Bad Sachsa 4,300 € 6,100 € 7,800 €
Privatschule Conventz 4,350 € 6,300 € 8,250 €
Internat Schloss Buldern - 6,400 € 8,400 €
Lietz Internat Schloss Bieberstein 4,400 € 6,400 € 8,400 €
Zinzendorfschulen 5,150 € 7,900 € 10,650 €
Max-Rill-Gymnasium Schloss Reichersbeuern 5,200 € 8,000 € 10,800 €

The fees comprise the tuition and boarding fees for the German language course at the Humboldt-Institut in Bad Schussenried (3 to 5 weeks) and at the respective boarding school for 1, 2 or 3 months.

Health insurance needs to be covered throughout the entire program.

Students who are interested in a longer stay in Germany can also apply for our extended "Boarding School Experience" program. This option contains at least a 10-week German course at the Humboldt-Institut with a connecting 6 to 12-month boarding school experience.

Contact

Karin Hartmann
Boarding School Counseling

Christiane Möller
Assistant to the Academic Director