About us

Akademie Zeitgeist - International House Freiburg was founded 1999 as „Sprachschule zum Ehrstein“.

With its 12 brightly-lit and spacious classrooms in the heart of Freiburg, right next to the University, Akademie Zeitgeist is the perfect place to learn German. Great views from our rooftop terrace and a cozy common room provide ample space for relaxing between lessons.

Additional services include accommodation, an interesting and varied leisure and cultural program, an airport pick-up service, medical insurance, internships in German companies, university placement and much more.

Akademie Zeitgeist is a licensed test centre for telc (The European Language Certificates) as well as TestDaF. In addition, we specialize in preparing foreign students for the admission tests (TestDaf, telc C1 Hochschule and DSH) to German universities.

Akademie Zeitgeist is a member of the International House World Organisation, a global network of over 160 leading private language schools operating in 52 countries.

why freiburg?

Freiburg is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a population of about 230,000, located in the very southwest of Germany – close to France and Switzerland. It’s the warmest area of Germany with more than 1700 hours of sun per year. The city is home to one of the oldest universities in Germany (founded 1457) attracting over 25.000 students today. The medieval city centre and gothic cathedral (Münster) as well as many other attractions, such as the famous “little canals,” draw over three million visitors every year.

There a lot of options you can do when you have finished your course. The city is a cultural hub with many cinemas, theatres, concert halls and smaller stages and clubs. If you are more sportive – the options as well are unlimited - you can even go skiing. The Freiburg football club plays in the top league of Germany (1. Bundesliga).

Freiburg places value on an ecologically conscious way of life. Bicycles characterize the townscape, and solar panels can be seen on many rooftops.

why zeitgeist?

Learning German in one of the most beautiful german University cities with more than 1.700 hours of sun per year

High Quality Programmes from 1 week up to long duration courses with 20 years experience of teaching German

Preparation courses and official Test-Centre for different Examinations such like Test-DaF, Telc or DSH

Very good Nationality Mix with participants from all over the world

Fantastic landscapes and other beatiful cities closeby like the Black Forest, Strasbourg (france) or Basel (Switzerland)

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  • general german
  • exam preparation
  • one-to-one
  • junior programmes

standard German

  • 20 lessons per week
  • 1 lessons is 45 minutes long
  • Every Monday
  • Minimal age: 16 years old
  • Maximum 12 students
€320 for 2 weeks
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intensive German

  • 30 lessons per week
  • 1 lesson is 45 minutes long
  • Start every Monday
  • Minimal age: 16 years old
  • Maximum 12 participants
€520 for 2 weeks
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exam preparation

  • 4 weeks preparation course (Telc, Test-DaF, DSH)
  • 1 lessons is 45 minutes long
  • Start dates vary (depends on the exam)
  • Minimal age: 16 years old
  • Maximum 12 students
€1080 for 4 weeks
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  • 20 lessons per week
  • 1 lessons is 45 minutes long
  • Every Monday
  • Minimal age: 16 years old
  • Maximum 12 students
€1600 for 2 weeks
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junior programme

  • Course, host family accommodation and social activity programme
  • Every Monday within the period of 01.07.-09.08.2019
€1680 for 2 weeks
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Zeitgeist offers German courses in Freiburg with accommodation. We offer authentic opportunities to live in either a student residence with students or in a homestay. Our accommodation is located in the best neighborhoods of Freiburg, close to the school.


  • Single room
  • Half board
from €321 p/week

student residence

  • Private bathroom in 14 rooms
  • Shared kitchen
  • Washing machine and a dryer for a fee
  • Hand towels and bed linen are provided
  • Wi-Fi for free
from €250 p/week

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