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School, Lessons, Holidays

  • Lesson times: Monday-Friday: 07.15-21.00; Saturday: 10.0016.00; Sunday: on request.
  • School administration opening hours: Monday-Friday: 07.30-20.00 (Mondays and Thursdays until 20.15); Saturday: 10.00-16.00.
  • Our courses are taught by experienced and highly qualified teachers.
  • One teaching hour (TH) is 45 minutes.
  • Minimum age (group courses): 16 years old; junior courses: 6 years old (German and English courses).
  • Class size: See the respective course description.
  • Guaranteed provision, minimum participant numbers: Courses are held even without the minimum number of learners (4 people). The number of hours booked is reduced by 50%. To compensate, learners can participate in another group course. Alternatively we can offer you a voucher for the number of reduced teaching hours; the voucher is valid indefinitely and is also transferable.
  • Public holidays (no lessons): 01.01, 06.01, 10.04, 13.04, 01.05, 21.05, 01.06, 11.06, 25.12 (missed lessons can be taken at the end of the course, provided that a written request is received no later than 14.30, one day before the respective public holiday).
  • School holiday: Intensive courses and individual lessons are offered all year; learners can request an individual break in learning. Evening course learners have a break from 21.12.2020 to 03.01.2021 (see also ‘Individual holiday’).
  • Individual holiday (the course booked is extended by the length of the holiday, as requested in writing and confirmed by the school):
    • Intensive courses: Two weeks (Monday-Friday) per quarter (12 course weeks); requests must be received no later than Thursday, 16.00, before the start of the holiday. The minimum holiday duration is one complete week (Monday-Friday). Please don’t forget to extend your accommodation contract where necessary.
    • Evening courses: Requests must be received no later than 16.00 on the course day.
    • Individual lessons, closed small groups, company training: Cancellation of the scheduled lesson without charge is possible if notification is received by 15.00 on the previous day. Monday lessons must be cancelled no later than 14.00 on the previous Saturday.
  • Main course/premium course: Lessons are differentiated by level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (see page 10). Lessons focus on progression in all key standard language skills (reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing and speaking). For German courses from level C1, specific examination preparation is offered to complement the standard courses.
  • Module course: These courses can be taken in combination with the main course or as a stand-alone language course. It is possible to switch between the individual modules.
  • International test centre: At F+U you have the opportunity to take internationally recognised tests including TOEFL®, TestDaF, telc, TestAS, LCCI, TOEIC®, OnSet, ECDL and IELTS.
  • The language courses are professionally orientated or prepare for higher education and lead to an internationally-recognised language certificate.
  • The school has barrier-free access and an accessible WC is also available.
  • Accommodation for learners under the age of 18 is available in our boarding school; our Youth Campus 24 is also available in July and August.

Course Transfer, Location Transfer, Cancellation

  • Applications to change the course level or module must be received by the school administration office by Thursday, 16.00, for the subsequent week.
  • Change of course location: Unless booked before the start of the course, a fee of €100 is payable for changing the course location to our language school in Berlin. Applications to change the course location must be received at least two weeks in advance.
  • Cancellation of the course is possible without charge until two weeks before the start of the course, after which the following cancellation charges apply: one week before the start of the course: €50; by Friday, 12.00, before the start of the course: €100; after this notice period but before the start of the course: the registration fee plus the course fee for one week’s/month’s course or, in the case of individual lessons, the course fee for two individual teaching hours.
  • After the start of the course, cancellation of the course or reduction in the number of lessons is possible only in cases prescribed by law (see our General Terms and Conditions).
  • Cancellation of accommodation booked through F+U is possible with four weeks’ notice (for further regulations see from page 33 and our General Terms and Conditions).

Fees, Discounts

  • Registration fee (for the first course only): €40 (for 2 people: €25 / person; for 3 people: €20 / person; for 4 or more people: €15 / person).
  • Discounts: All discounts are valid for joint registrations only. Discounts cannot be accumulated. You will find information about discounts for the various pro grammes on the respective course pages.
  • The quoted discounts for booking a larger number of course hours only apply for pre-payment in full.
  • Free additional services: Placement test, progress tests, use of the student PCs (3 computer rooms with 50 PCs), Wi-Fi, certificate of participation, documentation for authorities, student ID, organisation of language tandems, orientation event.
  • Course materials: Two books are required for each course level (between €35 and €60); the books can also be borrowed for a fee plus deposit. Learning materials for junior courses are included in the course fee.
  • The prices and services quoted in this brochure are valid until the publication of a new pricelist. Errors excepted.
  • Only the information specified in the German and English versions is authoritative. All other translations are solely for the purpose of orientation in the respective language.
  • Non-profit education provider: The majority of F+U’s services are exempt from Value Added Tax..

Training and higher education with F+U

  • Vocational college for foreign language professions with staterecognised training programmes in Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish
  • Preparation for the Feststellungsprüfung university entrance qualification at our international Prep School
  • Heidelberg Private School Centre (incl. bilingual primary school, bilingual Gymnasium, International Baccalaureate® and more)
  • Vocational training schools for social and caring professions (incl. nursing care for the elderly, youth and residential education)
  • Academy for business and social management (incl. residential care management, care services provision, ward management)
  • International University of Cooperative Education (iba)
  • University of Applied Sciences for Business, Technology and Culture (hwtk)

The F+U Group of Companies offers a wide range of training and higher education programmes

  • Vocational College for Foreign Language Professions with state recognised training in Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
  • Preparation for the Feststellungsprüfung university entrance qualification at our International Prep School
  • Heidelberg Private School Centre (bilingual primary school, bilingual Gymnasium, International Baccalaureate® and more)
  • Professional Training Schools for social and caring professions (elderly care, youth and care home pedagogy and more)
  • Academy for Business and Social Management (care home management, care services provision, ward management and more)
  • International University of Cooperative Education
  • University of Applied Sciences for Business, Technology and Culture

Visa and insurance

To be eligible for a language course or study applicant visa, it is necessary to attend an intensive course 20 or 30. If the visa is not issued, upon production of the original invitation and the official letter of rejection, we refund the costs incurred, minus a € 150 administration fee and postage costs. For visa applications we recommend existing German language skills of at least A1 level (CEF). More information.

Health insurance: You can buy inexpensive health insurance online from our partner Care Concept. Please click here for details.

Educational material

Books are not included in the price (with exception of Junior courses): German courses: ca. € 35 per level; English courses: ca. € 55 per level. The books can also be hired. Learning materials for junior courses are included in the fee.

German courses:
Netzwerk A1, Netzwerk A2, Netzwerk B1, em neu 2008 Brückenkurs B1, em neu 2008 Hauptkurs B2, em neu 2008 Abschlusskurs C1, Übungsgrammatik für die Grundstufe, A1/A2, Übungsgrammatik für die Mittelstufe B1/B2, Lehr- und Übungsbuch der dt. Grammatik A1-B2, Deutsch Prüfungstraining DSH, DSH-Training

English courses:
New Cutting Edge
Starter: A1, Elementary: A1/A2, Pre-Intermediate: B1, Intermediate: B1/B2, Upper-Intermediate: B2/C1, Advanced: C1.
Market Leader
Elementary: A1, Pre-Intermediate: A2, Intermediate: B1, Upper-Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1.

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