German Language Programmes

German is an official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg. One quarter of Europeans speak German and if you want to be a real player in the 21st century, learning German will give you the edge, improve your employment opportunities and allow you to really get to know one of the great world cultures.

EIL Study Abroad, together with a number of carefully chosen partners in Germany, have put together a range of programmes which are specifically suited to Irish teenagers and adults interested in learning the German language. Suitable for complete beginners to advanced learners preparing for their Leaving Certificate, each programme uses the latest educational techniques in a safe and supportive environment to ensure the best results.

Programmes fill up quickly during peak season*; Call us on 021-4551535 today to avoid disappointment!

*Some dates in Lindenberg and Tubingen in July book up early. Please contact Gillian to check availability.



  • Ages:  14-17
  • Location: southern Germany, near Lake Constance
  • Arrival airports:  Friedrichshafen, Memmingen, Zurich, Munich 
  • Accommodation:  Residential youth camp, shared dormitory; host family upon request
  • Duration:  2 weeks and up
  • Availability:  Year round
  • Supervision:  Full supervision, 24 hours per day



  • Ages:  17 and up
  • Location:  southern Germany, near Lake Constance
  • Arrival airports:  Friedrichshafen, Memmingen, Zurich, Munich
  • Accommodation:  Host family
  • Duration:  2 weeks and up
  • Availability:  Year round
  • Supervision:  None, this is an adult course



  • Ages:  16 and up
  • Location:  southwest Germany, near Stuttgart
  • Arrival airport:  Stuttgart
  • Accommodation:  Host family or residential (for students 18 and over), single or shared
  • Duration:  2 weeks and up
  • Availability:  Year round
  • Supervision:  Limited; this is an adult course
  • Leaving Certificate Preparation Course available




EIL Study Abroad offers students between 15 and 18 years old the opportunity to attend a German secondary school while living as a member of a carefully selected German host family.  While in Germany, students will be supported by an EIL trained local coordinator who will help with the adjustment process.  With full immersion into all aspects of German life, students will learn so much more than just the language.  Most popular with Irish Transition Year students, this programme is available from 8 weeks up to a full academic year.  Short-term programme dates are flexible and we try to work around our students' busy schedules.  In addition to sharpening language skills and gaining fluency, this programme helps our young students gain a sense of independence and most students come back having grown and matured from the experience.  To ensure full immersion and the quality of the programme, friends and family members will not be placed in the same host community.  If you want to experience the typical life of a German teenager and make friends and lasting memories, then this programme is for you!

Learn more about going to school in Germany.


  • Short-term programme (usually 2-4 weeks)
  • Flexible start dates all year round
  • Accommodation with a host family or in a residence
  • Study with international students
  • All levels accepted, including complete beginners
  • Choice regarding the level of intensity/number of lessons per day
  • Focus on learning the language
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Learn to be more independent and/or study with a friend
  • Special Leaving Certificate Preparation courses available
  • Experience the native culture


  • Long-term programmes; minimum 8 weeks up to a full academic year
  • Semi-flexible start dates throughout the school year
  • Accommodation with a host family
  • Study with native students
  • Must have formally studied German for at least 3 years
  • Standard school day (schedule depends on the country and school)
  • Experience a different education system
  • Study a range of subjects through the native language
  • Learn to be more independent
  • Improve fluency and exam results
  • Complete immersion in the native culture
Grüße aus Deutschland! (Greetings from Germany) I'm now here in Germany one week and I must say that I'm loving it! I flew into Frankfurt Airport (Flughafen Frankfurt) at 10.00 last Wednesday, and only then did it seem real that I'd be living here for 8 weeks :)I said in my last blog that I was nervous about travelling alone and afraid that something would go wrong. Everything went according to plan, and I now realise that there was nothing to worry about (even if something did go wrong). I was met at the airport by somebody from Experiment e.V. We waited for more exchange students to arrive...
Only 4 more days here in Ireland and then I'm off to Germany for 59 days, where I''ll be living with a German family and attending a German Secondary school (Gymnasium). I actually can't wait. I'm as excited as a small child on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa to come with presents! Wie die Zeit vergeht! Nur noch vier Tage bis Deutschland! Ich kann kaum erwarten und ich bin total aufgeregt. :D Ich werde insgesamt 59 Tage in Deutschland verbringen. Hoffentlich werde ich viel spass haben, mein Deutschkenntnisse verbessern, die Deutsche Kultur kennenlernen und naturlich viele...
Hey everyone! I came back on Saturday into Dublin airport. It's very strange to be back home, but also good! It's a bit weird not speaking german now. I have improved my german so much, and I have much more confidence now. I have made friends for life in Germany. I will defiently visit Germany again, and my friends are coming over to Ireland next year also. On the flight home I reflected about everything I did in the past 2 months. It has been a trip that I will never forget. I loved the routine I had everyday, and the german way of life. I enjoyed very much doing these blogs as I feel it's...
Hey everyone! I'm here 7 weeks in Germany now and have only 4 days left. I have so much more confidence now than I had before I came. I am much more comfortable with speaking the german language now. I have learned so much here that I couldn't possibly have learned in my 3 years for the Junior Certificate. It's just very different than learning it in a classroom, because you are hearing and speaking german constantly everyday. Also, there are words and phrases I have learned here that I wouldn't have at home! I practise the accent sometimes, but I find that quite difficult as they don't use...
Hey everyone! I have been here now for over 6 weeks in Germany. Everything is great here. I have done loads since my last blog. Last Saturday I visited a bunker in Ahrweiler that was made when Germany was divided into east and west. It was very interesting. It was never used though. On Sunday I went to Koblenz and went on a tour around a castle. Yesterday I went with my host sister Nina to Königswinter. It was a place where we got a tram up to a small mountain. We got to see some magnificent views of Bonn city and the River Rhine. It was breathtaking. I have a little over a week left in...
Hey everyone! I am here in Germany 5 weeks now. The weather is so hot here now. Yesterday it was 33 degrees celcius. Today was just over 22 degrees celcius, but still very warm for me! I have done so much since my last blog. On Thursday I got very burned. I was in the sun for too long I think! Now it is very painful!! I will be tanned hopefully when I'm back in Ireland! Last Friday I went to Köln city with some friends. I saw the famous Köln Dome. It was truly magnificent. It is so big and inside was just outstanding aswell as the outside. We also went shopping and sat by the river Rhine for...
Hi everyone! I'm here in Germany a month now, and have just over 3 weeks left. School is going well, and I'm able to speak more freely to my friends in school and at home also. I have a maths exam tomorrow and an english exam next week. I try to understand the maths but it is difficult. The weather is good here today in Löhndorf village. It is 22 degrees. Very warm! I am learning new vocab each day and am becoming more confident with the language. I'm doing a lot of sightseeing with my host family and friends. We we're supposed to go to Köln last weekend but the weather was not so good! I am...
Hallo! Guten Abend! I'm here 3 weeks in Germany. I am settled well into the German way of life now. I am learning new words by the day and am more confident than I was before. Though sometimes I struggle with speaking the language. But I know I will have more vocabulary learned in the coming weeks. My confidence is growing and I am more independant than I was before I came here. I have made friends with so many people here. They are all really friendly. My host family are taking great care of me. They bring me sightseeing and show me the different culture. I am going with some friends to...
Hallo! Gutentag! It is exactly two weeks since I have arrived in Germany. I am very settled in school, though I still struggle at most subjects apart from bilingual english, history and geography. I get some homework but I don't have to do a lot of things as I wouldn't be able to! I take down every word I hear nad understand and also from work sheets translate it. I take down words I don't know and find out later in the dictionary what they mean. We are studying the renaissance in Art history at the moment. Der Himmel is a word that comes up very often meaning heaven/sky. The weather is...
It's coming up to a week since I arrived here in Deutshland. I am still a little homesick. Okay a lot. I miss all my friends and family and my b.f. very much but school is going very well here. I have to admit I am totally lost in some classes. I am just sitting there looking up. Sehr lustig! In biology we are studying photosynthesis (Fotosynthese). It is very hard to understand! But I enjoy my bilingual english, history and Geography classes. I can relax in these classes. I am very tired most of the time. I get up at 5:30am and sometimes don't come home until 5:15pm. I travel by bus to...