Top 10 Language Schools in Berlin

There are so many language schools in Berlin that it is sometimes hard to know where to start.

Throughout the year, but particularly during summer, Berlin is inundated with hordes of language learners from all corners of the globe who descend on the city to immerse themselves in the German language. Some come for a month's holiday, others plan to work or study in Berlin. They range in ages from 17 to 50 and come from every corner of the globe, some with scholarships and others paying their own way. Many arrive with some prior Deutsch knowledge, others are total beginners. I think this is what I love most about the Berlin language school experience: the diversity.

There are so many language schools in Berlin that it is sometimes hard to know where to start. Prices range dramatically from around €180 per month to more than €1000. With so many options out there I decided to come up with a list of the 10 best language schools in Berlin. Given the wide difference in prices I have split them into three budget categories and have given my top picks in each price range.  I have decided not to rank the schools in order of best to worst.  Each of the schools has different strengths and suit different needs, personalities, budgets and learning styles and I would happy do a course at any one of these schools for different reasons.  

Across the board I was really impressed with the quality and dedication of the teachers, and I didn't perceive a difference between the lower and higher priced schools.  I did have the impression, however, that among the more expensive schools, the students themselves seemed a bit more focused and their language skills were a bit more advanced than their counterparts in the cheaper schools.  My theory on this is that the more expensive schools attract more longer term students who are learning German in order to study at university and that this extra incentive as well as academic frame of mind contributes to a more motivated and concerted approach to language learning - but that's just my theory!

Researching this article I visited many of Berlin's Sprachschule, spoke with the director, teachers, and students, toured the school and sat in on a class in order to get the most balanced impression of each school. Important considerations for me when deciding on my top 10 were quality of teachers, class size, range of class options available, facilities, student impressions, convenience of location, as well as extras like cultural programs and accommodation options.

In order to know whether the school is right for you I recommend contacting them to organise a trial class before you commit to a full month of tuition.  For more information on each school check out our Language School Directory.  

So, without further ado, here are my picks for the Top 10 Language schools in Berlin...


Language learning at the Deutsch Akademie

Low Budget (Under €300 per month for a 4 week intensive)

Die Deutschule

Four Week Intensive (80 x 45min lessons) = €188

  • Lively Atmosphere
  • Cafeteria serving great coffee and snacks as well as an outdoor terrace
  • Very mixed group of international students with no clear dominant culture.
  • Mixture of tourist and long term students
  • Accommodation is available as well as insurance
  • Experienced, qualified, native German speaking teachers
  • Test DaF preparation and examinations can be taken here
  • Colourfully painted classrooms will appeal to some while prove distracting for others.
  • Up to 17 students per class
  • Discounts if you book longer
  • A free test class is offered so you can try out the school before you commit

DSB-DeutschAkademie Sprachschule Berlin GmbH

Four Week Intensive (60 x 45min lessons) = €205

  • Great atmosphere
  • Friendly, helpful front desk staff
  • All class levels are offered at multiple sessions per day
  • Maximum group size of 10
  • Two conveniently located campuses
  • Money back guarantee!
  • Accommodation and cultural program offered
  • Experienced, qualified, native German speaking teachers

Kapitel Zwei

Four Week Intensive (64 x 45min lessons) = €222

  • Discount if you bring a friend (€202 per person)
  • Central location right near Alexanderplatz
  • Classrooms are bright and well sized
  • Maximum group size of 10 students
  • Experienced, qualified, native German speaking teachers
  • Big focus in class on oral communication. Grammar exercises and rules are reinforced practially with various role play, small group conversations and games.


Four Week Intensive (60 x 45min lessons) = €240

  • Caters predominantly to english speaking ex-pats
  • Variety of classes offered that fit in well with work schedules
  • Relaxed attitude to the common “only German spoken in German class” policy
  • No hidden costs for registration fees or course materials
  • Coffee and tea making facilities available
  • Experienced, qualified, native German speaking teachers
  • They also run a handy bunch of workshops and seminars on all the various topics that you need to know when you move to Berlin
  • Discounts for longer bookings
One Month Intensive ( 64-72 x 45 Min Lessons) = 295 €
  • Small school with a laid back, informal, and creative approach to language learning.
  • A focus on individual learning and creative methods rather than slavishly working through a text book
  • Classrooms are furnished with antique wooden tables and chairs creating a warm atmosphere
  • Classroom walls double as gallery space, with a new artist exhibited every 3 months.
  • Maximum class size of 10 students
  • No hidden costs for registration or course materials
  • Coffee, tea and water provided.... in china cups too!
  • Experienced, qualified, native German speaking teachers
  • Other languages offered including English, Spanish and Italian
  • Intensive, semi intensive, evening classes , and private lessons available
  • They run a twice weekly evening C1 drop in class for advanced speakers to brush up their German (No registration necessary)
The calm before the storm at die Deutschule

Medium Budget (€300 to €600 for a 4 week intensive)

Akademie für Fremdsprachen

Four Week Intensive (80 x 45min lessons) = €300

  • Mid sized school with a good balance of atmosphere and facilities
  • Intensive German courses offered across every level
  • Additional languages offere: English, French, Spanish, and Italian
  • Test centre for the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Institute of Linguists, London
  • Very mixed student demographic - no one dominant culture or age group
  • Generous sized rooms with good amount of natural light
  • Close to public transport
  • Maximum of 12 students per class (minimum of 3)
  • Friendly, multilingual reception staff
  • Preparation courses available for Test DaF, DSH and KDS
  • Experienced and qualified native German teachers.


Four Week Intensive (80 x 45min lessons) = €300

  • Small school with friendly, personal atmosphere.
  • Intensive German courses offered as well as evening courses in a number of other languages
  • Small kitchen for tea and coffee
  • Experienced, qualified, native German speaking teachers
  • A range of courses available including intensive, semi intensive and evening courses
  • Most language levels covered
  • Small groups means plenty of individual attention
  • A number of other languages are offered

Die Neue Schule

Four Week Intensive (80 x 45min lessons) = €345

  • All courses are available in both a morning and afternoon session
  • Experienced, qualified, native German speaking teachers
  • Minimum student age of 18 with the average age between 23 and 26.
  • The school has been running 30 years and has an outstanding reputation
  • They have a small and very cute cinema room where classes can watch movies
  • The maximum class size is 12 students with the average size around 8
  • Accommodation options are available
  • In addition to German they also offer English, Italian, Spanish and French courses
  • An interesting cultural program is also on offer which is led by teachers

Anda Sprachschule

Four Week Intensive (80 x 45min lessons) = €390

  • Experienced, qualified, native German speaking teachers
  • Maximum class size of 10 students (average size around 8)
  • All course levels are offered at morning and afternoon sessions
  • A medium sized school with a friendly personal atmosphere
  • A room with couches and tea/coffee making facilities is available for students.
  • Accommodation can be organised
  • A cultural program is offered with 1 or 2 activities per week
  • In addition to German courses they also teach Spanish, English, Italian, French and Portuguese.


Four Week Intensive (100 x 45min lessons) = €480

  • Huge classrooms with plenty of light
  • Experienced, qualified, native German speaking teachers
  • Great use of technology with Smartboards in each classroom.
  • 100 tuition hours per month (other schools offer between 60 and 80)
  • Located on the campus of the Technical University with access to the Uni cafeteria
  • Mainly focused on students who are preparing for long term stay in Germany.
  • Interesting cultural, sightseeing and free time program
  • Accommodation available
  • Can assist with visa, and health insurance issues

LOGO! Sprachenschule

Four Week Intensive (80x45min lessons) = €410

  • No Registration Fee
  • Fast progression through levels A1 and A2 (4 weeks instead of usual 8)
  • Maximum of 8 students (average of 6) in each class
  • Medium sized school with a personal atmosphere
  • Recognised TELC Examination centre
  • Many other languages offered including English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
  • Experienced and qualified native German speaking teachers
  • Classes adhere fairly rigidly to the course book (Hueber's TANGRAM Aktuell) with little additional material provided.
  • Students may purchase additional materials produced by Heuber to complement the course book
  • Accommodation options available
  • Great, convenient location near the S/U Schönhauser Allee

GLS - German Language School Berlin

Four Week Intensive (80x45min lessons) = €570

  • Amazing facilities on their 9000m2 campus
  • Founded in 1983, GLS has a sterling reputation and a long history
  • On-site studio apartments, restaurant, and cafeteria
  • Maximum 12 students per class
  • Certified Test DaF examination centre
  • Library and Bookstore
  • Generously sized, bright classrooms
  • Most classrooms equipped with Smartboards.
  • Extensive cultural program offered
  • Offer many other languages in addition to German
  • Great atmosphere
  • Wonderful large open green spaces to relax in between classes - very unique!
  • Experienced qualified native German speaking teachers.
Deutschkurs at BerlinerID

High Budget (Over €600 for a 4 week intensive)

did deutsch institute

Four Week Intensive (80 x 45min lessons) = €740

  • Light, large classrooms
  • An emphasis on active learning:  classes are spent speaking in pairs and small groups in order to reinforce grammar and vocab learning in a practical setting.
  • All levels offered in both morning and afternoon sessions
  • Students able to communicate at an impressivly high, fluent level
  • Experienced, qualified, native German speaking teachers
  • Student lounge and rooftop terrace
  • A member of virtually every language school accreditation body that exists.
  • Great location - 15 min walk to Brandenburger Tor
  • Various accommodation options available
  • Extensive cultural and free time program

Carl Duisberg Centrum

Four Week Intensive (96 x 45min lessons) = €860

  • Experienced, qualified, native German speaking teachers
  • Quiet, good sized classrooms with plenty of natural light
  • Some classrooms equipped with built in projector
  • Textbooks, ring binder, notepad and drink bottle included in course price
  • Every morning in the break a baker comes to the school with yummy treats
  • Great location in Berlin Mitte
  • Student room with computers available 
  • Maximum 15 students per group with 12 participants on average
  • Discounts available the longer you book
  • Help with residence permits and health insurance
  • Accommodation available
  • Extensive cultural program with museum visits, excusions to neighbouring cities and pub nights. 
Cultural Program at the did deutsch-institut