Current information about language lessons at Akademie Zeitgeist

About Akademie Zeitgeist in Freiburg

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. The main school is situated next to an idyllic square shaded by splendid chestnut trees, and next 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.


About Freiburg City

Freiburg, with its 230,000 inhabitants, is a lively and cosmopolitan university city in the Southwest of Germany. Located in one of the warmest regions of the country, Freiburg is known for its mild climate and many sunny days. The city itself offers many attractions foremost of which is its historical Old City (Altstadt) with its magnificent Gothic Cathedral. The 25,000 students at the university, who study a wide range of subjects, contribute to Freiburg’s cultural diversity and international flair. Freiburg is considered to be the ecological capital of Germany; everywhere one sees green gardens on house tops, solar panels and bicycle paths and the university offers special degrees in ecology and sustainability. Freiburg has a unique location in what is called the “Three-Corner-Region”: Germany, France and Switzerland. And with its proximity to the Black Forest and the romantic Rhine valley, it attracts tourists from all around the world.



At Akademie Zeitgeist, the whole team was very welcoming. The teachers are very warm and it is very easy to integrate, since the groups are small and there is much conversation. The cozy school is located in the heart of …

Julia (Spain)

Akademie Zeitgeist has been an unforgettable experience for me, thanks to the friendly atmosphere at school and the commitment of teachers’ work. There is also a leisure program, which gives you the opportunity to make new friends, improve your German …

Siria (Switzerland)

There are lots of people from all over the world here and it is possible to make new friends. There are not too many students in each class, so we can learn a lot quickly and improve our language skills. …

Célia (Switzerland)

I found this school through an agency. From day one, I really liked the school. The lessons are interesting; my teachers are very friendly and teach well. It’s fun to learn German here!

Esmira (Azerbaijan)

I like going to Akademie Zeitgeist a lot. The teachers are nice. Our classes are very interesting and are fun. There’s a warm atmosphere and people are friendly.

Bogdan (Ukraine)

I have been in Freiburg last summer for only one month and I have to say that it has been the best time of my life. I have met many people there and have visited many places. I want to …

Pedro (Spain)

Courses in Freiburg

from 200 €

Learn German in international groups with 20-30 lessons per week.

from 500 €

Prepare for the most common German language proficiency tests with our exam preparation courses for telc, TestDaF, Goethe and others.

We help language students who are interested in studying at a German university with the preparations for their application process.

Our junior courses are specially tailored to teach German to children and young people. Our practical communicative teaching method ensures that, along with a lot of fun, our young students make optimal progress.

Accommodation in Freiburg

For a successful stay in Freiburg you need a pleasant place to stay. We will gladly take over the assignment of finding an accommodation that suits you. All accommodations are carefully chosen by us.
We have a long-standing trust relationship with many host families and landlords in Freiburg. All of our accommodations are located in Freiburg or in the immediate surroundings. With public transport (tram, bus) our school can easily be reached within 10 and 30 min.
We mainly offer single rooms (double rooms are available on request). The rooms are individually furnished, but all rooms have good basic furnishings and are supplied with the basic necessities.

AccommodationType of RoomCommute to SchoolMeal OptionsPrice per Week
Host Family with self-cateringSingle or doubleFlexible. Maximum 30`No meal optionfrom 200€
Host Family with breakfastSingle or doubleFlexible. Maximum 30`Breakfastfrom 235€
Host Family with half boardSingle or DoubleFlexible. Maximum 30`Half Boardfrom 290€
Host Family with full boardSingle or doubleFlexible. Maximum 30`Full Boardfrom 330€
Student residenceSingleFlexible. Maximum 30`No meal optionfrom 250€
ApartmentsSingle or doubleFlexible. Maximum 30`No meal optionUpon request

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