Akademie Zeitgeist is the new name of the language school “Sprachschule zum Ehrstein” founded in 1999. The school has two locations in the heart of the city of Freiburg. The main school is situated next to an idyllic square shaded by splendid chestnut trees, and adjacent to number of cafes and restaurants. The main buildings of the university, the library and the university dining hall (Mensa) are only a few steps away from the school. The language school has 12 well-lit classrooms, a large common room and a garden terrace where students can meet, talk and enjoy their breaks between and after class.

Teaching method Teaching German isn’t just a job for us, it’s a passion. We take pride in our students’ achievements.
Course personalization We find the right course for you: We offer a wide range of courses to suit all needs: general courses, specialized lessons for specific needs (medicine, business, university access…), exam preparation, courses for teenagers etc.
Advanced communication practice Active use of the language is at the center of our attention. Increase your self-confidence in speaking and improve your grammar at the same time.
Immediate support Experienced teachers as well as our enthusiastic administration team with years of experience in the educational sector are always ready to help you and giving you a good time.

Our partners

CSN – Swedish students at Akademie Zeitgeist can apply for a CSN scholarship. It is an important support for Swedish students when applying for a course.

Jobcenter – For many years we have been working together with the job centers in Freiburg and the surrounding areas to enable people to gain access to the German job market by improved language skills. 

GRETA – Together with the Pôle Emploi in the region Grand Est, the GRETA Centre in Alsace and the GRETA Sud, we are offering German language programmes aimed at assisting French job seekers in Germany.

zeitgeist family

Torsten Pankok
Managing Director
Hartmut Flieger
School Director
Jana Gärtner
Director of Studies