In the capital city of Berlin, F+U specialises in professional and continuing further education, as well as in commercial retraining and qualifications. The successful dual model bachelor degree programmes at the International University of Cooperative Education (Internationale Berufsakademie - IBA) and the latest distance, full-time and dual master’s programmes at the University of Applied Sciences for Business, Technology and Culture (Hochschule für Wirtschaft, Technik und Kultur - HWTK) offer young people established, practical and internationally orientated educational opportunities that will also gradually become open to international students.
Since 2013, the F+U Academy Of Languages Berlin has complemented this wide range of courses with academically demanding language and computer courses of an international calibre, and thereby continues a tradition first begun in 1980 in the romantic Neckar city of Heaidelberg. The parent of all F+U language schools, the Academy Of Languages Heidelberg teaches around 9,500 learners from over 100 countries every year and is one of the largest and most successful language schools in Germany. Additional schools in Tenerife, Darmstadt and Chemnitz have extended the scope of the courses offered, also geographically. All of our language learners in Berlin – whether international students seeking to improve their German in readiness for higher education or to prepare for the Feststellungsprüfung with the help of our International Prep School, or local people aiming to improve their foreign language skills, for example in Business English or TOEFL preparation – can profit from this innovative network of teaching experience and educational competence.
The nationality and age mix at F+U Academy of Languages varies over different time periods, courses and levels. Throughout the year, the average age is 20. In the summer, the average age is 22.
I have been to F + U -- mostly in Berlin, but also at Heidelberg -- a fair number of times (each time, for short periods of one or two weeks) and have had a number of different teachers -- perhaps 4 or 5 in all. Overall, I would give a good or very good ranking to the Academy, as some teachers are simply excellent. Still :
Some but not all teachers correct students regularly when they make serious mistakes orally, including with respect to prononciation or grammar.
Some but not all teachers accept "homework assignments" : that is, to review written compositions of students.
Some but not all teachers make sure that virtually all students (including those who are shy) participate in discussions.
As I indicated during my last course, I disagreed with the parts of homework assignments which consisted of simple lists of German words for us to translate, using our telephones, and then to memorize, but with the context only offered in a later chapter. The main problem is that many German words, such as for example "einstellen", have many different meanings, depending on context. In response, the teacher indicated that, in the future, the course would be altered to meet this concern.
Some but not all teachers insist on punctuality -- that students (and the teacher as well) arrive strictly on time.
I attended your school only for two weeks but I m perfectly content. It’s in a very nice location, close to public transport, I'm very satisfied with teachers, but I would have preferred to have more adult classmates,Show details » Read more...
It was useful time when I studied English on the F+U Academy of Languages. I liked everything related with Academy:classes, teachers, location, facilities and activities. I remembered some Grammar and have been speaking a lot. I noticed that Academy built conveniently for students to study and free time. I liked that teachers were using different teaching methods and handout. Michelle McCartney was the most liked teacher for me, she taught and how study English. I will use her methods in my work, because I am teacher of Epidemiology at the Medical University in my country. Now I am thinking how to continue teaching English. Thanks for comfortable good atmosphere.Show details » Read more...
The lectures and the teachers were great. Housing, however, didn't live up to my expectations. Bad conditions.Show details » Read more...
I had 3 teachers.
Is really hard to choose who was the best teacher.
Maybe it was Katya from London. (for me)
Location of School is pretty good.
We don't use some facilities.
I lived in a Hotel not so far from school.
The teacher was very helpful, and the location was very close to the hotel where my Dad was staying.Show details » Read more...
Staff Office was hepful, friendly and polite.
The classrooms were a little bit small.
Most of the teachers were excellent
The locatión was perfect. It had very good conections.
Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy you had a good time with us and we hope to see you again in the future!
I liked the classes very much. I had four different teachers and all of them were very good. The classes were amusing and interesting, and you could easily notice your own progress. Nevertheless, we didn’t have a good experience in terms of accommodation. We chose to stay in a share flat. When we arrived, we discovered that the place was extremely dirty, with dust, oil and dirt everywhere. The WC seat was broken, the pans and casseroles were dirty, the mattresses and pillows had yellow spots... We talked to the person responsible of the housing and she ignored us during a whole week. We had to insist a lot in order to have our flat cleaned. We felt insulted, because we had paid a lot of money for something that hadn’t been given to us. We had to clean most of the dirtiness ourselves, because we could not spend seven days in a filthy flat, waiting for someone to clean it. When the two cleaners arrived, they started to shout at us, visibly angry, and they told us that the flat wasn’t dirty, it was due to the fact that it was old. We were really afraid because of the anger they showed towards us. Once we showed them photos of how dirty the flat was when we arrived and they compared them with how the flat was once we had cleaned the most part, they minded us and started to clean. They also offered us the possibility to change to another flat, but as we saw that it was equally dirty, we decided to stay in the first flat.
Moreover, I would like to point out that the flats are not safe at all, because anybody that has the key can open the main door, even if the key is inside the lock.
To sum up, we learned a lot of German and loved the classes, but we cannot recommend the accommodation they offer at all.
We regret that you did not feel comfortable in your apartment and want to apologize for the state the apartment was in. We were quite surprised about the cleaning work, which has not be done as well as we had expected. We did of course talk to the companies we work with for cleaning and were trying to sort out how this happened and why they had not informed us earlier about the rooms’ conditions.
We will do our best so that such problems do not reoccur in the future. Sorry again for the inconvenience!
I really liked the experience in this Academy. The classes were useful and I felt very good with all teachers. I met a lot of people all over the world and this is just super. I want to do all of this another time because I learnt a lots.Show details » Read more...
My teacher was great, he was very kind and the lessons were quite interesting.
We were around 8 students and we were from different countries so we had to talk to each other in English and that was great.
My house was very big and clean.
The school is well located and the building is new.
I stayed in Berlin just for one week so I don´t know anything about social activities that´s why I rated "social activities" with 3 stars.
We had super teachers, they were really qualified and interesting! So, in school there were a much outclass activities, but students, who had afternoon classes, couldn't visit they cause they started earlier then afternoon classes finished. And school isn't careful with our language level and you can be appeared in heigher level group (it's not bad for you, but bad for other students) or in low level group (it's boring)
Very good location!
Very good school. I was in a group with a very good teacher. The teacher was available to present the material and was interested in raising the level of knowledge.
I lived in a hostel and I was happy with everything there, including the location.
Very meager cultural events, I would like more excursions.
In general, everything is fine.
the Housing is HORRIBLE:
The room was not clean when I came in (I even found a spider net in the bathroom), the small size of it compared to what you announced when I booked ,the stuffed and dirty bath and the super noisy fridge.
Teachers are good and location is quiet central
The language academy made an effort to organize an external teacher to offer my individual danish classes. That was very good! Sadly, the e-mail conversation was frequently taking up a lot of time because of non-responsibility.Show details » Read more...
I mean m, the school location is the best, to close to the checkpoint Charlie, and then the students that u will meet, is amazing very international, from Georgia, turkey, Italy, South Korea, china, Arabian, Brazil, Ukrainian... nice experience, the content of the course is kind basic but still working for improve your skills, I really gonna do this again the next year, mostly cuz u gonna meet nice people in thereShow details » Read more...
Teachers not so bad, but the organisation wasn't good. School not really internationnal, and the accomodation was horrible ! I don't recommand this school. No good activities, quite a lot of person in the classroom and sometime we were doing stupid things in the lesson. The school isn't really helpfull. The worst thing for me was the Hostel, so icky, not clean, i had to take a hotel for 2 night when I arrived !
Any way, for me it ia quite cheap but really not good.
Our teacher, Camille was very friendly and patient. The lessons were always conducted in a quiet atmosphere. We had a lot of fun when we watched an American series during the lesson. The rooms were well-lit and has a friendly atmosphere. My daughter felt good too. The school can be reached easily with public transport. We had a lot of good dialogues and information about the life in the USA.Show details » Read more...
The classes (I took intensive course) may seem to be long but it is very entertaining, I learned a lot and I was never bored. There were lots of well explained grammar and opportunity to talk. My teacher ( Ana ❤️) was the best German teacher I've ever had compared to those I've had before. She motivated me so much not to give up on learning German. The school is well organised and the people were very kind and helpful. I stayed a bit far from the school but it was not a big problem. I had a lot of fun with the people there, learned a lot besides German and made some nice friends as well. The city has an amazingly good energy and keeps you positive all the time. I do recommend this course 100% and I can't wait to go back again!Show details » Read more...
Homestays are carefully selected and offer students the opportunity to learn more about the local culture in a comfortable setting while studying German in Berlin. These homes are often around 50 minutes away from the school by public transport. Families usually offer affordable meal plans that allow you to sample the local cuisine. If you have special requests or diet restrictions (because of religion or health reasons), please let us know in advance. Your housing starts on the Sunday before your first day of class and ends on the Saturday after your last day of class, unless otherwise noted. Learn more about homestay housing
Student residences are more suitable for an independent student, who is looking for clean, basic accommodation at an economic price. All students must be 16+. Your housing starts on the Sunday before your first day of class and ends on the Saturday after your last day of class, unless otherwise noted. Student residences often do not include any meal plan. Learn more about apartment housing
It is possible to live in a rented apartment during your study in Berlin, but this tends to be more expensive. F+U Academy of Languages provides some assistance with apartment rentals or you can rent an apartment on your own. Learn more about apartment housing
F+U Academy of Languages provides some assistance with hotel or hostel reservations or you can reserve a room on your own. Learn more about hostel housing
We cannot apply for visas on behalf of students. However, the school can supply you with all the documentation you need to support your visa application.
Your letter of acceptance will be sent to your home address by regular mail at no charge to you. If you wish to receive your paperwork by express mail, you will be charged 90 € when you register.
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Our school is located in Berlin-Mitte. Students will find ideal public transport connections, just a one-minute walk from the central Stadtmitte and Kochstraße underground stations. The Gendarmenmarkt, the Brandenburg Gate, government quarter and two of Berlin's most famous shopping malls (Galeries Lafayette, Mall of Berlin) are all within a short walk distance. The bright and cheerful classrooms are located in the modern Berlin Konthaus ('Fritz' study centre) and nearby at the hugely popular Checkpoint Charlie ('Charlie' study centre). Lifts are widely available, and there are several car parks close to the school.
Since the fall of the Iron Curtain and the end of division by the Berlin Wall, Berlin has experienced architectural and cultural regeneration and enhancement that redefine it as a 21st century world city, but one still mindful of its turbulent history. The steel and glass cupola of the Reichstag and the postmodern shopping centres reflect opulent historic builings dating back to the imperial era alongside the monuments and memorials.
Over 150 concert halls and theatres, three opera houses, 200 museums and art collections, 440 galleries displaying the works of over 6000 contemporary artists, as well as some of the world's most popular nightlife, including the Berghain, all vie for the attention of over 12 million visitors a year. The relatively new Berlinale is now a rival to the established European film festivals in Venice and Cannes. Meanwhile, music lovers are spoilt for choice by some of the best symphony orchestras and choirs in the world.