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