Alpha Aktiv Language Academy
The super-intensive course is based on the intensive course of 20 hours per week. The additional 10 hours are intended to focus on the growth and development of language abilities. The students obtain 10 extra hours of pure conversation. With the help of discussions, dialogues and interactions with their classmates and their teachers, students are guaranteed to make an obvious improvement in their language skills.
Due to the high workload and the high number of study hours during the week, we mainly offer super-intensive German courses on a short term basis.
This course is only taking place in the summer months July and August.
Monday to Friday (9:00–14:00)
• 1 week: 30 hours, €180
Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary and Grammar
You can choose from the following class times:
Class schedule may change depending on availability and season.
|Age range||18 years old and older|
|Average||18 years old|
Why is learning a language in Alpha Aktiv your best choice?
Languages are the way to the future. In addition to bringing people closer together and building respect, they help to create a sense of trust and security.
Alpha Aktiv is a language school right in the heart of Heidelberg. In contrast to other language schools, in Alpha Aktiv the atmosphere is very familiar and personal.
This helps our students to study in comfortable surroundings and it also helps them enjoy all aspects of their stay.
Good reasons to learn a language in Alpha Aktiv:
• Free trial lesson
• Quick learning success
• Comfortable studying in a familiar atmosphere
• Personal assistance
• Encouragement of self-reliance in thinking and learning.
• Rapid integration of individual tasks in the learning process
• Final examination with a certificate.
Our goal is to develop not just language skills but also student's specialist and international knowledge, while at the same time giving insights into the culture of the respective country.
We want to give you the chance to learn a language successfully in a short time. After only 80 class hours you will be capable of speaking the respective language in everyday situations.
We welcome you to a free trial session, so you can experience the learning atmosphere and methods used in our school.
We carry out regular opinion polls among our students, all of which confirm their high satisfaction with our concepts and teaching methods.
The nationality and age mix at Alpha Aktiv Language Academy varies over different time periods, courses and levels. Throughout the year, the average age is 18. In the summer, the average age is 18.
The idyllic University City Heidelberg is located in the southwest of Germany in the metropolitan area Rhein-Neckar, right next to the river Neckar. The city has a long history dating back to the Roman era. The castle ruins and the old town of Heidelberg attract millions of tourists every year.
30.000 of the 140.000 inhabitants of Heidelberg are students, most of whom study at the University of Heidelberg.
The University was established in 1386 as the third university to be founded in German-speaking countries and is the oldest university in Germany. Students study a wide range of subjects,the most popular of which remain Medicine, Law and Sciences.
As a University City, Heidelberg welcomes many international students. Our students can get a quick impression of student life, and students living in the city can use and improve their language skills on a daily basis.
The language academy Alpha Aktiv is located in the heart of Heidelberg, not far from Bismarckplatz which is the central meeting point in Heidelberg.
The University and a lot of important attractions, including stores and restaurants, are within a few minutes walking distance from Bismarckplatz.
The teachers are really good, Isabel more than Maria. I learned more in 2 weeks here than in the 6 months doing Duolingo.
Definitely would recommend.
thank you very much for your lovely feedback. It was a pleasure having you here with us and we would be happy to have you back!
Wishing you all the best!
I liked the teacher and the location of the school.
The school facilities are good but with more cleaning they would be great.
The housing was very well located, few minutes walk from school.
But the beds are old and of low quality.
The kitchen is unfurnished.
thank you very much for your positive feedback. We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us!
We are always looking for ways to improve, thus we have taken your suggestions seriously and have ordered new furniture for our accommodation. Maybe you will see them if you join us next year again :)
Wishing you all the best!
I really appreciated the lessons of the teacher Inna. She corrected every day my homework and she was passionate, helpful and thorough in teaching.
The school is very near to Haupstrasse, which is the main street of the Old Town.
A word about my host family. The landlady, Sevinc Kilic, was kind, clean, helpful and honest. She cooked every evening and she was talkative, so that I could improve my ability in conversation in German.
In my experience, there are no dislikes!
thank you very much for your wonderful feedback!
I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again in the future - maybe for a longer time :)
Wishing you all the best!
The teacher was good. The location is in the center and is a good location. I liked the most the activities in the afternoon.Show details » Read more...
Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your time with us and I hope you will keep Alpha Aktiv in good memories.
Wishing you all the best!
At first, the teacher of our class changes frequently and they seem not to know what the previous has taught or what homework has given. Second week the teacher, Mirek, was really good. He knows what kind of problem we might have when it comes to learning grammar, and the lectures were much more interesting. In addition, the Lack of air conditioner is really a problem when there is a heatwave. It was too sweltering to learn.Show details » Read more...
thank you very much for your positive feedback!
We are happy to hear that the course was helpful for you.
We apologize for the lack of air conditioner in 2 of our classrooms. The heatwave in Germany came very suddenly and when we tried to buy new ACs for the rooms, they were unfortunately all sold and couldn't even be ordered anymore.
We will make sure to buy new ACs this winter to be prepared for next summer - maybe you will then join us again! :)
The teacher for the C1 course was very skilled and motivated in her education, and made us students interact during class. The afternoon conversation-class was not very organized and at times a bot chaotic, and also because students from all different classes were mixed, there was some difficulty in communicating with each other. I did not take part in the activities. The people at the reception at the school were very nice and helpful. The accommodation could have been better, the bathroom sink was leaking and there was no possibility of WiFi/WLAN on our floor.Show details » Read more...
thank you very much for your good feedback, which we will for sure forward to Jessica! We do apologize for the problems in the accommodation. We now have finally set up a new WiFi-Router there and now it is working much better. We are sorry that it took so long.
Wishing you all the best for your future and we hope you keep your time in Germany in good memories :) !
The teacher in my group was very good. His name is Mirek. His classes were interesting and we had a lot of fun. His way of explanation is clear and understandable. Perhaps, Mirek is the best language teacher I've ever seen. The general atmosphere in the group was friendly and comfortable. School is located in a nice place not far from the Old Town. The way from the dorm to the school took me 20 minutes by foot. The route is enjoyable.
However, there were some problems with Alpha Aktiv. The main problem was in number of students in my group. Most of the time of my language course there were 20+ students in the group, so it was not too effective. For some reason, Alpha Aktiv could not provides the necessary number of teachers. All in all, it was rather unpleasant.
Another problem is connected with the accomodation provided by Alpha Aktiv. There were some problems with water supply and sanitation. The water tap leaked from time to time. One time the sanitation was temporarily out of service.
An unfortunate incident happened in the last day of my staying at Alpha Aktiv's room. I was in my dorm room when suddenly someone opened the door by his key without knoking or something like that. The men who opened the door was janitor or groundskeeper, he asked me about my checking out rather rude. Apparently, he thought that I had to leave the room that day, but in fact I had one day more. After the claryfiyng teh situation he's gone, but such kind of unexpected visit was really impolite on his part.
So, the main problem of Alpha Aktiv is a quite low degree of organization, and it is saddening.
thank you very much for your honest feedback. I understand that you felt unsatisfied about the large amount of number in your class. The situation here was not that we didn't have enough teachers, but that no student wanted to leave Mirek's class. Although all of our teachers are doing a great job, students who got used to Mirek then didn't want to leave his class anymore.
For next time, however, we will definitely think of another solution!
I do also apologize for the misunderstanding with the house keeper. The reason here is very simple: Usually, all of our students must move out of their dorm on Friday so that the house keeper and the cleaning crew have enough time to prepare the room for the new students. You were allowed to stay an extra night as an exception, so probably that's why the house keeper assumed you were already gone.
We wish you all the best in your future!
The teacher is experienced with good teaching method and we learned a lot. The location of the school is good and is near the town. Heidelberg is a great place to study and stay. My housing is very nice with a nice and quiet environment and I have a very nice room that is good for study. The host mother is very nice and make delicious meal. I miss the house and my host mother. I would love to come again and stay longer.Show details » Read more...
Dear Hin ka,
thank you very much for your lovely feedback!
We are happy to hear that you were satisfied with all of our services and we hope to see you again - maybe next year? :)
Class size ideal. I never had the feeling that something was not working. The location in the city is optimal.
You immediately recognized which course is ideal for my level. The lessons were entertaining every day and you could see a continuous improvement in the level. For that, I would like to thank Mirek especially with all my heart, who besides a great experience and competence as a teacher, managed to spend nice, interesting hours with each other.
I decided to stay with a family to get continuously a German-speaking input. At Dominika, I immediately felt at home and except for a great hostess also had a pointed wife and girlfriend, with whom I could always talk.
The accommodation was horrible. It doesn’t look nothing like the photos. I had to clean everything by myself. The room was so dirty. Some lights and the heating wasn’t working properly and I asked for the Hausmeister to come. They took 3 days to respond my email and the Hausmeister never came. The only reason I would recommend this course is Mirek the teacher. I have been to different courses and i think this was the most productive one. Sometimes when you 4 lessons a day it may get a little bit boring but this was not the case. We did different things and learned so many new things.Show details » Read more...
My experience in Hidelberg and mostly at Alpha Aktiv was great. The course I attended helped me improve my German skills a lot in quite a short time. The people I've met were all really nice and helpful, both the teachers and the other students. The school and the apartment offered very good facilities and i liked that they were close to the city center. All in all, everything went well and I'm glad I had the opportunity to take part in this experience.Show details » Read more...
I enrolled for a super intensive course. That was my decision, but when I get there, the extra classes, that is, the conversation classes, were difficult for me. I asked if I could change the type of course that I was doing and do just the intensive course. They said that there was nothing they could do and that the only solution was not to attend those lessons. Nothing they could do???? Really????
The teacher for the grammar lessons was good, and the type of classes were ok too.
And then, there is the accommodation. I paid for a single room in a shared flat. The room was ok, it was clean and had a bed, a wardrobe and a table. But they don't provide you a pillow. If I am going to be there just for three weeks, I don't want to buy a pillow than I can't carry back home with me at the end. But I had to buy it. The flat was horrible. Everything was super old and it was really really dirty. The girls that lived there told me that once a week someone go to the flat to clean everything, which I highly doubt. I never seen anyone and there was the same dirt all the time. I asked for a change of flat, I wanted a single flat, something just for me. They allowed me to do that change, but of course, charging me with some money from the deposit. This institution is only interested in money and they don't care at all for their students well-being. I changed flats. The new one was very good. It was big and it was clean. But the neighbors were super loud all the time, specially at night. I couldn't sleep more than three or four hours every night and I was getting sick. I decided to leave earlier than I was supposed to. They didn't care about anything. I paid a deposit of 500 euro and they give me back just 320.
Also, the staff at the office isn't helpful at all. The girl that welcomed me the first day was really nice, and then, when I asked to talked with her about my problems they didn't let me do it.
I would never come back to this place and I don't recommend it to anyone. It's cheaper than other institutions in Germany, but it's definitely not worth it.
I spent two weeks reviewing the level of German I had studied years ago in college. The morning grammar class was followed by a conversation class. After classes there was total immersion as I made my way around the city speaking German everywhere. The location of the school is very convenient. The school is not on the outskirts of the city, but in the center. The teachers I had were friendly, helpful, and highly competent. The textbook for the grammar class was well organized, and the reader that we used in the conversation class was an interesting story that takes place in Heidelberg. It was a pleasure working with the other students in my classes. The library of Heidelberg University is open to the public, so there was always a quiet place to study nearby. The library was open every day until one AM.
I stayed in my own private apartment, which I arranged through Alpha Aktiv. It was spacious, with lots of light and a balcony, and was only a few minutes from the school. The only negative was that some of the other residents treated the building like a fraternity house, with loud parties in the hallways, constant slamming of doors, and shouting at all hours.
The location was great. The teacher, Tam, was good. She spoke English with a very strong accent. I wondered if she also spoke German with an accent.
It was very hot in the rooms, which made it hard to concentrate. Air conditioning would be a big improvement.
I would have preferred a class with more emphasis on speaking, perhaps with a lot of repetition. It seems as if your classes are geared towards helping immigrants pass the test to get a visa. That’s fine, but it wasn’t my goal.
My teacher was really good, so even though I was just for three weeks I believe I have learned a lot for the time spendid.
My accommodation was perfectly located, however for its price and the course price it was quite dirty and unequipped, especially the kitchen.
I really I like the learning methods and I would go to the same in future , the accomodation was very good but I did not relax for the bed.Show details » Read more...
thank you very much for your great review. I am happy to hear that you would like to join us again in the future and that you enjoyed your class.
I am sorry to hear that you didn't feel comfortable. It is a pity that we didn't know about that earlier, we would have loved to help you!
Wishing you all the best!
It was really good, the teachers are good and can help you in every moment and the classroom is good too. In a good space you feel good.Show details » Read more...
thank you very much for that great review.
It is a pleasure to hear that you have enjoyed your 4 weeks with us. In case you should ever come back to Heidelberg, please stop by at our school again. We would love to see you again and see how your German has improved in the meantime :)
Wishing you all the best!
My fiancé and I spent one week in Heidelberg to start learning German. This course was a great introduction and we had a lot of fun. The class size was not too large and the teachers were encouraging. We will definitely continue to learn German back in Canada, and will definitely return to Heidelberg in the future.Show details » Read more...
Dear Meagan, dear Jason,
thank you very much for your wonderful review!
We are very happy to see that you have enjoyed your stay here with us - even though it was very short :)
We would love to welcome you back in Heidelberg in the future!
Wishing you all the best!!
A very intense week. There was a health problem with a woman teacher and they were quick and flexible to solve that problem and relocate the classes. A very professional and efficient School. The one to one classes of the super intensive course were the best.Show details » Read more...
thank you very much for your wonderful review on our school! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time here with us and we will also pass this on to Mirek :)
We wish you all the best for your future and hope you have had a safe trip back with your motorbike !
I had a great experience at the school. My classmates were always working in teams and the teacher had great communication with all the students. The location is just perfect in the centre of Heidelberg.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 Heidelberg. These homes are often between 5 - 20 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 18+. 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 student residence accommodation
It is possible to live in a rented apartment during your study in Heidelberg, but this tends to be more expensive. Alpha Aktiv Language Academy provides some assistance with apartment rentals or you can rent an apartment on your own. Learn more about apartment 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 80 € when you register.
Please note that we do not book flights for our students. If you are researching airfare costs, we recommend using Kayak.com, a search engine that lets you compare flight options from your home country to Heidelberg based on your budget, schedule and preferences.
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