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School, Lessons, Holidays

  • Lesson times: Monday-Friday: 07.30 - 21.00; Saturday: 10.00 - 16.00; Sunday: on request.
  • Administration opening hours: Monday-Friday: 07.30 - 20.00; 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 (Junior courses: 6 years for German courses and 10 years for 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 25% (for two or three learners) or by 50% (for one learner). To compensate, learners can participate in another group course.
  • Public holidays (no lessons): 01.01, 19.04, 22.04, 01.05, 30.05, 10.06, 20.06, 03.10, 01.11, 25.12, 26.12 (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: The intensive courses and individual lessons are offered all year; learners can request an individual break in learning. Evening course learners have a break from 23.12.2019 to 08.01.2020 (see also ‘Individual holiday’).
  • Individual holiday (the booked course is extended by the length of the break, 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 to Friday).
    • 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 16.00, one day in advance.
  • Main course: Lessons are differentiated by level accordingto the European Framework of Reference for Languages (see page 8). Lessons focus on advancing all key standard language skills (reading, listening comprehension, writing and speaking). For German courses from level B2, 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®, Test-DaF, telc, TestAS, LCCI, TOEIC®, OnSet and ECDL.
  • The language courses are professionally orientated or prepare for higher education and lead to the attainment of 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: by 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 24 and our General Terms and Conditions).

Fees, Discounts

  • Registration fee (for the first course only): €35 (group bookings for 3+ people: €20 per person; 5+ people: €15 per person).
  • Family discount (siblings, parents): 5% per person off the course fee.
  • The quoted discounts for larger course bookings are valid only 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, certification for authorities, student ID, organisation of language tandems, orientation event.
  • Course materials: Two books are required for each course level (German: approx. €35; English: approx. €55); the books can also be borrowed for a fee. 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.
  • 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+Us’ services are exempt from Value Added Tax.

Cultural Activities

We organise regular afternoon activities for our learners. The cultural programme includes guided tours of Heidelberg, excursions, sports activities and group game evenings. Advance registration is possible during school office opening hours.

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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