Alpadia Zurich

Learn German in Zurich and live an international experience

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Why study in Zurich?

Set on the Limmat river, Zurich is widely regarded as one of the most liveable cities in the world. As the economic capital of Switzerland, Zurich has also emerged in recent decades as one of Europe’s coolest destinations. The large and lively metropolis has an artsy edge, with a thriving nightlife and entertainment scene. In the summer, the city hosts its annual Street Parade, the most attended techno party in the world and the indisputable highlight of Zurich’s event calendar.

Zurich’s Old Town, dotted with colourful houses, pretty churches and meandering lanes, has been kept well-preserved and makes for gorgeous photo opportunities. Zurich is filled with interesting history and beautiful art, which you can discover at the city’s many museums and galleries.

Beyond the city lie many more sights and destinations to explore. Zurich is ideally located for trips to south Germany and Europa Park, to the Alps for skiing and hiking, and many more.

Courses and Programs

German & Swiss German language

Whether you need to prepare for an official exam or want to advance at a more leisurely pace to enjoy your free time in Zurich, we can offer classes that fulfil your needs.

Our course structure is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and all our placement tests are given before you arrive at the school, so you start learning German from the very first morning!

Standard German
20 lessons per week

This German course offers a solid learning experience while allowing you plenty of free time to exercise your language skills during the school's extra-curricular activities around Zurich.

Starting from 320 CHF / week

Intensive German
25 lessons per week

Using various dynamic teaching methods, this course offers an intensive and in-depth study of the German language with five additional weekly lessons dedicated to oral communication.

Starting from 405 CHF / week

Premium German
30 lessons per week

Best suited to students who seek rapid progress of their German, this course option provides you an intensive approach with a specific focus on writing skills.

Starting from 555 CHF / week

Combi 5 & 10 German
25 or 30 lessons per week

This ultimate combination course is designed to help you acquire a deeper understanding of oral and written German, blending the benefits of both private and group classes.

Starting from 945 CHF / week

Swiss German (add-on)
5 lessons per week

Want to learn or progress in Swiss German? You have the opportunity to learn the quirks of the dialect spoken by two-thirds of the people in Switzerland.

Starting from 90 CHF / week

Private lessons
Intensity and duration based on your needs

This personal one-to-one learning experience allows you to intensively advance on the core German language skills that you wish to develop and improve.

Starting from 150 CHF / week

Exam preparation
30 lessons per week

Designed for students preparing for the German TELC, TestDaF or Goethe exam, this preparatory course provides you with an extensive and specific learning experience to ensure examinations are mastered!

Price for 4 weeks 2'150 CHF

School & accommodation

Our school is ideally located 15 minutes from the lake shore, 20 minutes from the city centre and 40 minutes from the airport.

Your course and accommodation are all in one building for your convenience, at the famous Zurich Youth Hostel.

Comfortable stay

At our Zurich Youth Hostel, you're guaranteed to enjoy your stay with us. We offer, bright double or single rooms with ensuite or shared bathrooms. We also have an on-site restaurant offering a range of meal options as well as 24-hour reception, Sunny courtyard, TV room and much more.

Explore Zurich

We organise a variety of activities to help you fully immerse yourself in the Swiss culture, the German language, and the country surrounding you. With its vibrant nightlife, fascinating history, culture and food, Zurich offers a wide range of options for you to enjoy during your course.

Alpadia Language Schools

Our German and Swiss German courses are provided by Alpadia Language Schools, a leading education company with over 20 years of experience in providing Swiss-quality language tuition, part of the Kaplan family.

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