TANDEM Hamburg – you're at the right place! Here with us you find a relaxed personal and pleasant learning environment, where you will learn successfully and have fun doing so. In our light, comfortably equipped classrooms you are going to meet people from (almost) everywhere in the world. We are very happy about this international and cosmopolitan atmosphere here. Do come along and join us!
TANDEM Hamburg e.V. has been teaching so much more than 'just' languages in a lively and committed way since 1985. You find here first-class German and Foreign language courses; being an authorised examination centre for the TestDaF, the European Language Certificates (telc Deutsch A1, B1 and B2) and the WiDaF we offer internationally recognised certificates as well.
We design our classes in a communicative and activity-based way, using a variety of playful activities and methods. Grammar will be brought to you in a clearly understandable and applied form.
We are placing great emphasis on personal interaction and listen as well as respond to our clients' individual desires and requirements. Therefore we work purposefully in small learning groups of six or seven students on average and train the four skills listening and reading comprehension, writing and especially speaking. You will be working with a carefully selected class book, which will be added to using other current materials.
School's language trainers have an academic training background, are native speakers and have a broad teaching experience. They enjoy teaching and are happy to share their enthusiasm for their language and culture with their students. Many of our trainers have studied or worked abroad and are therefore experts in cooperating with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
School's team has highly skilled staff with a professional and pedagogical proficiency. All trainers have an academic training in their particular field as well as an extensive experience in teaching adults. It goes without saying that they are all native speakers. Meet people who are committed to teaching their language, and who are looking forward to share their enthusiasm for language and culture with you.
In order to constantly monitor and improve the school's work, the administration places great emphasis on keeping up a process of quality management with regards to our offers. This is done with the help of client feedbacks and by independent external sources (Weiterbildung Hamburg e.V., TANDEM International), and also by creating and implementing the original quality management system.
Since 2016 TANDEM Hamburg has been a certified institution for the promotion of vocational training according to Social Code III. Auditing is done by the certification agency 'Hanseatische Zertifizierungsagentur' (HZA).
In addition to its language courses the school organises TANDEM language exchanges, which will help you use the language you are learning outside the classroom, make you learn a lot about different cultures and help you make new experiences. TANDEM Hamburg e.V. is a member of TANDEM International, a network of independent language schools in Europe and overseas.
TANDEM Hamburg is situated in Hamburg's city centre, between the New Town and the Old Town on the historic Inner Harbour. The School is overlooking a canal, the 'Herrengrabenfleet', only a stone's throw from the river Elbe. Next door lie Hamburg's youngest part of town, the 'Harbour City' with the 'Elbphilharmonie', the historic warehouse district 'Speicherstadt', the 'Michel', the Portuguese Quarter, the Reeperbahn, historic Deichstraße, the city hall and Hamburg's inner city – TANDEM is in the midst of it all!
Hamburg, a green waterside city, is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Here the school will take you to the countless interesting city sights. And the best thing – they are (mostly) all just around the corner from TANDEM.
From TANDEM you can get anywhere on foot: the empowering and impressive architecture of Hamburg's “Rathaus” (town hall) and right next to that: the “Binnenalster” (inner Alster lake) and beautiful “Jungfernstieg” with its Alster arcades and chic shopping malls. Hamburg at is best? - You will find it out!
TANDEM Hamburg team is looking forward to seeing you!
- Placement test at the beginning of your course
- Individual placement counselling
- Individual care and advice
- Regular progress check
- Final TANDEM exam after finishing a level
- Detailed exit confirmation
- 1 extracurricular activity per week (2 in summer)
Don't speak German just at school; meet German people in their homes! The school's accommodation service will find you a private single room with or without catering. The accommodation officers visit and check all available rooms personally and are in close contact with the school's landlords and landladies. The staff wants to make sure you feel at home in Hamburg. For an extra charge, the school can also supply airport pickup service.
- If you intend to stay in Hamburg for more than three months
If you intend to stay in Hamburg for more than three months, you are required to register with your Hamburg address at the registry office. In Hamburg the customer service centres of the city's districts are in charge here. For this case, the school recommends that you organise your lodgings yourself. Unfortunately there are only few landlords and landladies who allow registration using their address.
You may choose from the following options:
Self-catering means that you prepare your meals in the kitchen yourself. And if you don't want to do that on a daily basis, we'll have lots of ideas for you to find affordable restaurants.
Here you book breakfast with your room. 'Breakfast included' can also mean that your host buys breakfast, however you prepare it yourself. This is often the case when your host works and needs to leave the apartment before you.
With half board, a warm meal is additionally provided to the above. This option should be booked well in advance of your arrival and is recommendedc especially for the young and not-so-experienced with regards to travelling to a foreign country.
The MEININGER Hotel Hamburg City Center is located directly by Altona railway station. The 116 low-cost, well-equipped rooms all have a TV and telephone. The hotel bar, free WiFi in the lobby, guest kitchen, fireplace lounge and gaming area means there is no time for boredom.
Living in flat share (in German: Wohngemeinschaft, short: WG) is probably the easiest way of making friends. It can be constituted by two or more people, and thus you will always find someone to have breakfast with, to cook or party...