Intensive German courses for University Preparation: FAQs

Registration & Course Placement

You must be at least 18 years old.

You must know the Latin alphabet.

You must pay for your course immediately after booking it.

If you are already in Aachen, please use our contact form to make an appointment with our consultation team. You can use our online form to do so. During the course of the appointment, our team will find out which course is most suitable for you. A placement test will show which level you can start from. You can book your course immediately after your conversation with us.

If you are not anywhere close to Aachen yet, please fill in the online form at the bottom of this website and submit it. Of course, you can also reach us by email.

Our consultation team will contact you and explain to you which course is most appropriate and how the registration process will be organised.

Please fill in the online form at the bottom of this website and submit it. Of course, you can also reach us by email.

Our consultation team will contact you and explain to you which course is most appropriate and how the registration process will be organised.

If you need to apply for a visa for your stay in Germany, please allow enough time for the organisational process. You can find our advice on visa issues here.

During the course of our consultation appointment, you will write a little placement test and have a conversation with us in German. After assessing the placement test and evaluating your German conversational skills, we will be able to determine your starting level, as our test is designed to match our course structure and thus brings us clear results.

If we counsel you by email, we will ask you to inform us how and where you have been learning German until now. In order to determine your entry level, we will pay attention to the following factors:

  • How did you learn German? Alone, online, with a private teacher, in a German course?
  • How many German lessons have you had so far, and within what timeframe?
  • Have you ever taken an official German exam? If so: which exam?
  • Are you already able to send us an email in German?

According to your answers, we will estimate the most suitable entry level for you. Once you have arrived in Aachen, you will take a placement test and have a conversation with us in German. If the level we have estimated proves to be correct, we will stick to your original booking. If the test shows that another entry level would be better for you, we will change your booking accordingly so that you can participate in an appropriate course that is taking place at the same time.

No. Each new participant who brings along previous knowledge of German has to take a placement test: Our intensive German courses for university preparation are designed to prepare you for the academic use of the German language and include a lot of content that may not be covered in all official German exams. We use the placement test to find out if all preconditions for the entry at a certain level exist: This way, we aim at making sure that every new participant has an easy start and gets along well in his or her course.

As we counsel every client individually and offer placement tests, trial lessons are not common at Sprachenakademie: Conversations or email correspondence before any booking and a specific test before the courses begin help us to find the most suitable course for each candidate, so new course participants can be sure to sign up for an appropriate course.

As soon as you have signed up for a course and paid your complete course fee, we can provide you with an official booking confirmation. You can take this document to your embassy appointment when you apply for a visa for your stay in Germany.


PAYMENT AND FEES

The course fee includes all class hours and all the teaching materials (books, photocopies, etc.).

The registration fee includes the registration as a participant at Sprachenakademie Aachen, the capture of all personal information for our registration system and – if required – the issue of an official booking confirmation in German or English.

Fees can be paid in cash, by debit card or by bank transfer.

Yes, the whole amount must be paid immediately; as we can only reserve places for courses that have been paid in full. Proof of registration can be issued as soon as we have received the full payment.

There are no discounts for our intensive courses for study preparation: The current fees have already been calculated for (future) students.


CANCELLING AND POSTPONING COURSE BOOKINGS

When you book a course with us, we will give you a cancellation deadline. Should you want to cancel a booking at a later point in time, please take careful note of the deadline:

Should your visa application be denied, please decide if you want to cancel the booking or postpone it. If you decide to cancel your booking, please fill in our online cancellation form before the deadline runs out and provide us with the required supporting documents by attaching them to the form. Our management will then examine your cancellation. If your request is accepted, the course fees (less a  cancellation fee) will be refunded. The registration fee can never be refunded.
If you prefer to postpone the course start, please contact us within the deadline so we can discuss your options.

If the cancellation deadline is about to exceed and you have not received your visa yet, but you have not received a letter of denial either, please inform us in good time: In this case, we will also discuss possible solutions with you.

We will not accept a cancellation request that is handed in after the deadline.

The Terms and Conditions of Sprachenakademie Aachen apply.

Should you need a visa for your stay in Germany, please read the answers listed under the question above.

If you do not need a visa, you can cancel your booking before the cancellation deadline. You will be given the cancellation deadline when you book your course.  If you fill in our online cancellation form on time, our management will examine your cancelation. If your request is accepted, the course fees (less a cancellation fee) will be refunded. The registration fee can never be refunded.

We will not accept a cancellation request that is handed in after the deadline.

The Terms and Conditions of Sprachenakademie Aachen apply.

If you have already been granted a visa based on your language course booking, a change in booking is not possible anymore.

If you do not need a visa for your stay in Germany, you can change your booking and register for a course at a later date, provided that there are still free places left in the course you prefer. We will charge a fee for postponing courses. Please contact us before the cancellation deadline and tell us which course you would like to join instead, so that we can check the capacity.


Accommodation in Aachen

Sprachenakademie does not have its own rooms for rent, but our partner company, preStep, offers different types of accommodation as well as other services. You can use our contact form in order to inquire about accommodation and other services. Please contact preStep as early as possible: Very often, all available rooms are fully booked several months in advance.