Berlin Holiday Program

Last year 75 students from 19 nationalities attended the holiday special. It is a great way to learn some German, but more importantly gain a cross-cultural understanding of the world!

Date: Sunday, 23 Dec 2012 - Sunday, 6 Jan, 2013
Price: $1,392 USD for 2 weeks including:

  • 20 German lessons
  • Guided activities and excursion including entrance fees and tickets 
  • Accommodations in a studio shared apartment with shared room (single room additional $550)
  • Course materials (expect for language dictionary)
  • Orientation (covering attractions, how to, health safety, entertainment, etc)
  • Comprehensive local support for both academic and tourism needs
  • Academic Assessment (placement-exit tests, achievement certificate)
  • International Emergency& Medical Insurance
        - Accident insurance up to $10,000
        - Emergency medical evacuation up to $25,000
        - Emergency reunion up to $5,000
        - Repatriation up to $7,500
        - Life insurance up to $5,000
  • Emergency Hotline Staffed 24/hrs day (call collect anywhere in the world)

SUN, Dec 23

Check-in in your apartment at the GLS campus

7 pm: Traditional German Christmas Dinner

Incl: 3 course meal, 2 drinks

Mon, Dec 24

Holiday - no classes, but guided activities:

11 am: Christmas Market at Potsdamer Platz
04 pm: Movie "Berlin Calling" in the GLS Lounge

Incl: guide


Holiday - no classes, guided activities

Daytime: City walk near "Unter den Linden"
Evening: Organ Concert at Konzerthaus Berlin

Incl: guide, tickets 

WED, Dec 26

Holiday - no classes, guided excursion

Trip to Potsdam, city walk and  Filmmuseum: Potsdam used to be the German Hollywood

Incl: guide, public transport, entry fees

THU, Dec 27

Morning: 4 lessons of German

Afternoon: Vintage Glamour Shopping

Incl: guided tour to 3 famous first class vintage stores near

FRI, Dec 28

Morning: 4 lessons of German

Afternoon: visit at the artist´s studio of Berlin artist Johanna Keimeyer

Incl: guide, you are welcome to interview the artist

SAT, Dec 29

Guided day trip to Dresden, famous "Florence on River Elbe"

Incl: guide, train ticket, entrance fees

SUN, Dec 30

Daytime: guided city walk in Berlin Mitte

6 pm: Komische Oper Berlin

Incl: guide, tickets

Mon, Dec 31

Holiday: no classes

Daytime: free time, shops are open till 2 pm
Evening: Silvester party (video:  Berlin on New Years Eve)

Incl: guide in the evening

TUE, Jan 1 2013

Holiday: no classes, guided activities

Daytime: walk around Lake Schlachtensee
8 pm: New Year´s Concert at Berliner Dom

Incl: guide, ticket

Wed, Jan 2

Morning: 4 lessons of German

Afternoon: Guided visit of the exhibition about Nazi times in Berlin "Topographie des Terrors"

THU, Jan 3

Morning: 4 lessons of German

Afternoon: guided visit of Jüdisches Museum, one of Berlin´s most famous landmarks

Fri, Jan 4

Morning: 4 lessons of German

Afternoon: Gallery walk in Berlin ("teaser" article)

Incl: guide

Sat, Jan 5

SHOPPING - holiday SALE season! Check famous Berlin lables like Lala Berlin or kaviar gauche! Shops are open till 8 pm.

Evening: fare well night out in bohemian Kreuzberg

Incl: guide in the evening