Bellingua Language School for German courses in Zurich

Bellingua is a unique language school right in the heart of Zurich’s business district. Since its foundation in 2002, it has focussed on teaching German as a Foreign Language to fast-learning adults. We use hybrid teaching in our german courses: Students can come to the classroom in Zurich or they can join via video link.

Next course-starts

The following courses are guaranteed to start even with only one person attending.

Intensive course morning

Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 11:40

A1: 3. June 2024

A2: 24. June 2024

B1: 10. June 2024

B1+: every week

B2: every week

C1: every week

Semi-intensive course afternoon

Mo/Wed or Tue/Thur, 13:30 to 16:40

A1:  11. June 2024

A2: 10. June 2024

B1: 25. June 2024

B1+:

B2: every two weeks

C1:

Semi-intensive course evening

Mo/Wed or Tue/Thur, 18:00 to 20:10

A1:  11. June 2024

A2: 25. June 2024

B1: 24. June 2024

B1+: every two weeks

B2: every two weeks

C1: every two weeks

Feedback from our customers

Bleona, November 2022
„Absolutely the best language school I have ever attended! I never learned German before and...
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Bleona from Italy/Albania
„Absolutely the best language school I have ever attended! I never learned German before and in 30 weeks of intensive course I reached German level B1. Now I work and continue to practice the language every day thanks to my good grammar skills."
Bleona, November 2022
Bleona from Italy/Albania
Zuzana, May 2021
„Bellingua has exceeded all my expectations: friendly teachers, small groups and top level material...
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Zuzana from the Czech Republic
„Bellingua has exceeded all my expectations: friendly teachers, small groups and top level material. I really appreciated how well they adapted during Covid-19, without compromising the teaching quality. I would highly recommend Bellingua to everybody who is serious about their German learning."
Zuzana, May 2021
Zuzana from the Czech Republic
Will, July 2021
„I have spent the last 18 months learning with Bellingua, from A2 all the...
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Will from the UK
„I have spent the last 18 months learning with Bellingua, from A2 all the way to (preparing for) the C2 Goethe exam. The quality of the in-house teaching material was second to none – from the reams of precise yet comprehensive grammar explanations to the carefully thought-out (and oftentimes amusing) exercises – all accessible via their specially developed multi-platform app edulo. The courses were all well prepared and well researched; the teachers dedicated and enthusiastic. No lesson was routine and no task too mundane. I especially appreciated the large amount of time devoted to speaking in class. The weekly tests were strenuous but never stressful, and the constant progress was motivating."
Will, July 2021
Will from the UK
Samarpita, August 2021
„I have successfully learned German from scratch with Bellingua, from A1 – B2....
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Samarpita from India
„I have successfully learned German from scratch with Bellingua, from A1 – B2. After my very positive experience, I can highly recommend Bellingua to any motivated student who wants to level up their language knowledge quickly and with a solid grammar base. The study materials and the teaching style are well researched and excellent. The staff are very helpful and try to address your concerns in the best way possible.”
Samarpita, August 2021
Samarpita from India
Tatiana, January 2022
„I have been studying with Bellingua since May 2021, attending semi-intensive evening online classes...
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Tatiana from Romania
„I have been studying with Bellingua since May 2021, attending semi-intensive evening online classes. I am very satisfied with my teacher Nina, with the online learning and collaboration platforms (Edulo and Miro) and with the effectiveness of the teaching methods. All these helped me to achieve excellent results for my Goethe certificate. In addition, the entire team is really helpful and nice. I strongly recommend Bellingua to motivated people who want to have fast progress with learning German.“
Tatiana, January 2022
Tatiana from Romania
Jessica, January 2022
„A friend recommended Bellingua because I said I wanted a fast-paced German class for working...
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Jessica from the UK
„A friend recommended Bellingua because I said I wanted a fast-paced German class for working professionals. The pace is exactly what I expected, just fast enough to keep me on my toes. The materials are great. I like how Bellingua uses its placement tests to create homogenous groups according to the students’ skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening which means you really do feel confident that you are learning German in an all-rounded manner.“
Jessica, January 2022
Jessica from the UK
Mircea, February 2022
„I started my 100-week journey with Bellingua in February 2020 with basically no knowledge of...
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Mircea from Romania
„I started my 100-week journey with Bellingua in February 2020 with basically no knowledge of German. Something memorable about this journey was the “No English rule” that we had ever since the very first class. That was scary at first, but I discovered it’s the best way to learn a new language.“
Mircea, February 2022
Mircea from Romania

Why to choose Bellingua German language school

Fast-learning adults

The German language school Bellingua focuses its teaching on fast and motivated learners and our courses are consequently demanding. 83% of our students have a university degree. 75% are between 25 and 40 years old.

Education:
83% have a university degree (40% Bachelor, 43% Master, PhD or higher)

Age:
75% of the students are between 25 and 40 years old (median: 30 years)

Origin:
46% Europe, 16% Far East, 15% Latin America, 11% North America, 5% Middle East, 7% other regions

Competent teachers

All teachers are native speakers and have a degree in German Studies, Translation/Interpreting or German as a Foreign Language (or are about to graduate).

In addition, all teachers receive internal training and intensive professional guidance. This makes them well acquainted with our curriculum, our teaching materials, and our teaching methodology.

Small, homogeneous groups

Classes in our German language school are held in small groups of 1 to 9 students.

The maximum group size is guaranteed by contract.

Thanks to careful placement tests and ongoing assessments, all course participants are at the same level.

Structured and meticulous

Lessons at Bellingua follow a fixed curriculum that focuses equally on all language skills – reading, writing, listening, speaking.

The lessons are geared towards a precise use of the German language in spoken and written form. Based on a solid understanding of grammar, we offer a wide range of interactive exercises, speaking practice, writing exercises and digital exercises with proof correction.

Hybrid teaching

All courses take place in a hybrid format. Participants can attend either in person or remotely from home.

All participants (in person and online) need their own device such as a tablet or laptop, as well as headphones (Tablet: Minimum size 8 inches, at least iOS 9 or Android 6.0).

Interactive course material

We use largely digital course materials in class.

Interactive exercises specifically created for our courses on the learning platform edulo are used in class and for homework. For collaboration and note-taking by teachers, Miro is used during classes.

Regular assessments

Regular written and oral assessments guarantee homogeneous groups. Students must achieve adequate test results in order to continue the course.

Goethe certificate guaranteed

Thanks to competent teachers and a prescribed curriculum, we guarantee the passing of Goethe and telc certificate examinations.

This guarantee applies to all those who successfully complete a corresponding level course with us (i.e. the level mark is at least 4.0, see assessments) and take the certificate examination within 4 months of completing the course.

Courses are guaranteed to take place

Our courses will be provided even if only one person has signed up to attend.

If there are three or fewer than three people in the course, the number of lessons per week will be reduced slightly, but not the content of the course.

Detailed placement test

All students with previous knowledge of the German language take a detailed placement test (written and oral).

This detailed and free placement test helps us assess your level so we can find the right level and course for you.

Our courses are designed for students who do not show any major differences between their oral and written skills.

Flexible course length and contracts

The student decides how long to book a course for.

Our terminable contracts allow flexibility and guarantee motivated course participants. Courses can be cancelled per Friday with a cancellation period of only one week.

Trial week

New students can get to know Bellingua without risk. Instead of a trial lesson, at Bellingua, one can attend a full course module on a trial basis (one week in the intensive course, two weeks in the semi-intensive course).

If a student decides to stop the course, we will refund the entire course fee.

Centrally located in Zurich

Bellingua, the German language school, is centrally located on Löwenstrasse and Nüschelerstrasse, at the heart of Zurich’s business district, within walking distance of the main train station.

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