Akademie für
Fremdsprachen GmbH
private Fachschule

Learning German FAQ

Lietzenburger Str. 102 - 10707 Berlin
Sony Center Berlin, Potsdamer PlatzBrandenburger Tor in BerlinReichstag in Berlin
post@akafremd.de - tel 030 88 66 33 93 - fax 030 88 66 33 94

General questions

Frequently asked questions about our German courses

Frequently asked questions about our German exams

What sort of a visa do I need?

If you are not a citizen of the EU and intend to stay in Berlin for more than 90 days, you require a visa. You should enquire in good time at the German embassy or the German consulate in your home country, in order to find out which is the correct visa for you. You can also find information on the Website of the Federal Foreign Office.

If you require a visa for study in Germany, you must present your university application at the German embassy in your home country. For this reason, you must get in touch with the university where you wish to study in advance. On the pages of www.hochschulkompass.de you will a find a list of all the German universities, with details of the courses they offer.

If you need a visa: you pay a deposit of €75 as confirmation of admission (reservation of a place on a German course) and future attendance at one of our intensive German courses. The remaining sum is to be paid on the day the course begins.

If you want to extend your visa: a regular enrolment (registration) for one of our intensive German courses (20 hours a week), at a minimum cost of €300, must be paid.

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How can I find cheap accommodation?

The Akademie für Fremdsprachen can provide its students with rooms and apartments not far away from the teaching site (see Accommodation).

If you want to live in a different part of the city, or have different accommodation requirements, then we are glad to be of assistance. We will provide you with a list of youth hostels and accommodation services, which arrange rooms and apartments, furnished or unfurnished, for short or long periods of time.

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How much money will I need in the course of a month?

You can get by on approximately €600 - 750 per month, including accommodation and public transport. In Berlin there are many good-value restaurants, and the cafeteria of the Berlin University of the Arts is not far away from the teaching site of the Akademie. There you can buy a cheap lunch - in the warmer seasons you can even eat on their outdoor terrace. There is a choice of two meals (for €1.85 or €3.13). The choice of meals changes every day, and one is always vegetarian. Students of the Akamedie are always welcome at the cafeteria.

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Can I arrange low-price health insurance?

The Akademie für Fremdsprachen works together with the insurance company Care Concept, which offers our students very comprehensive and favourably-priced health insurance. You can find out more at the secretarial office of the Akademie. You can take out insurance here.

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Can I study at a university in Germany?

First of all you need to get in contact with the university where you intend to study. The International Office of the university will then determine whether the qualifications with which you left school are sufficient to start straight away in your chosen course of study. If your prior qualifications are not sufficient, you will first have to complete a Foundation Course and sit the assessment exam (www.tu-berlin.de/zuv/studkol/). In case of doubt the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Sport (www.senbjs.berlin.de) decides whether your prior qualifications are sufficient. You can get extensive information about study in Germany under www.deutsche-kultur-international.de.

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How good does my German have to be in order to study in Germany?

Besides the academic requirements, linguistic requirements must also be fulfilled. In order to complete a course of study, you must have level C1 language skills, which are generally achieved by the end of secondary education. At the Akademie that works out at about 900 to 960 hours of intensive tuition. In the past years, thousands of students of the Akademie für Fremdsprachen have followed this course of language study, and consequently been able to successfully sit one of the language exams of the universities.

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