German courses Zurich: Learn German with Bellingua Language School

Bellingua is a unique language school located in the center of Zurich, just a 5 minutes’ walk from the main train station. For 20 years, we have been offering a wide range of German courses specifically designed for fast-learning adults. With our current teaching methods, tradition meets modernity. Choose the German course that suits you best from the course options below, and we look forward to seeing you soon for your first lesson, either in person or remotely.

Which of the many German courses is the right one?

Of course, we offer various courses at different levels to meet the different needs and proficiency levels of our customers. Our course models include intensive courses with 20 lessons per week, private lessons, and semi-intensive courses at various times of the day. All of our German courses are based on the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”, which allows for a classification into the proficiency levels A1, A2, B1, B1+, B2, C1, and C2 for beginners and advanced learners. You are free to choose the course model that suits you best. To determine your current language level, we offer a free placement test at the beginning. We can best answer any remaining questions in a free consultation session at the beginning.

Choice of Course Model

The structure, pace, and schedule of our courses are designed to meet the needs of our students. Please review our course offerings here in advance.


Non-binding Consultation Session

Approximately 30 minutes. In-person, by phone, or via video conference. Simply drop by during our business hours, call us (+41 44 250 20 00), or schedule an appointment.

Free Placement Test

For those with prior knowledge of German, an on-site or remote 60-90 minute placement test will be conducted. The results and our recommendation will be discussed 1-2 days after the evaluation.


Afterwards, you will receive an offer. Upon signing, a deposit is due which will be deducted from the course fee and refunded in case of a course cancellation during the money-back guarantee period.

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German Intensive course

Intensive courses are the ideal choice for those who would like to learn German as quickly as possible. They can also be combined well with our free video-conversation classes for even more intensive speaking practice.

Days and times: Monday to Friday, 08.30 to 11.40

Lessons per week: 20 lessons of 40 minutes

Course starts:

All future starting dates Weekdays
19. June 2023 Monday to Friday
31. July 2023 Monday to Friday
11. September 2023 Monday to Friday
23. October 2023 Monday to Friday
4. December 2023 Monday to Friday

Price: CHF 310.– per week.

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German Semi-intensive course

The hybrid semi-intensive courses are particularly flexible for everyday life and allow the students more time for revision between classes. We offer these three options:

Days and times: Mon/Wed or Tue/Thu

Afternoon course (8 lessons per week, 13.30 to 16.40)

Late Afternoon course (6 lessons per week, 15.30 to 17.40)

Evening course (6 lessons per week, 18.00 to 20.10)

Lessons per week: 6 or 8 lessons of 40 minutes

Course starts afternoon:

All future starting dates Weekdays
27. June 2023 Tuesday and Thursday
19. September 2023 Tuesday and Thursday
30. October 2023 Monday and Wednesday
12. December 2023 Tuesday and Thursday

Price: CHF 150.– per week.

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German Private lessons

Our private lessons are designed for people who are looking for the greatest possible flexibility.
We offer private lessons for individuals or groups of up to 3 people.

Days and times: From Monday to Friday. Lesson times are freely selectable.

Course materials: Mostly digital, personal device (laptop or tablet) is mandatory

Price: CHF 108.– per 45 minutes (individual lessons). CHF 20.– for each additional person.

A 5% discount is automatically granted if at least 7 lessons of 45 minutes (a total of 315 minutes) of private lessons are taken in a calender month.

Registration: Before you register, there is a free consultation meeting (in German or English) in order to find out more about your individual needs and goals. 

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On-site in Zurich or online

Hybrid German classes

All our courses are taught as hybrid classes: Students can come to the classroom in Zurich or they can join via video link.

Three cameras simultaneously record the room atmosphere, the teacher and the teaching material. Thus course participants connected via video feel like being on site.

All you need is an internet-enabled device (preferably a laptop with a webcam) and one of the most popular browsers.

Our courses are perfectly suited for everybody who wants a “normal” class but needs the option to attend from afar.

What our customers say about German courses Zurich

Bleona, November 2022
„Absolutely the best language school I have ever attended ! I never learned German before
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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
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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. After
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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
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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

You can find more customer feedbacks on our references page.

Why Bellingua is the right choice for you

Bellingua Quality

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


Our Students

90% of our students have a university degree. Our courses are correspondingly demanding. The maximum class size is 9 people.

Full Flexibility

Decide day by day if you want to attend the class in zurich or join online. Our course contracts can be cancelled and the course length is flexible.

Schedule an appointment for a video call

Before you register, there is a free consultation meeting (in German or English) in order to find out more about your individual needs and goals. Our customer advisors are available during our opening hours – in person at our school office, by phone or via video call. Just drop in or give us a call (++41 44 250 20 00). For a video call please set up an appointment.

Free Placement Tests

Our free placement tests help us determine the ideal starting point for each student. The beginners’ levels consist of A1, A2, and B1. This is followed by the intermediate level B1+, in which the material learned in the basic level is reviewed, consolidated, and applied. The advanced levels are formed by the B2 and C1 levels.

Customers who already have previous knowledge are assessed orally before the course begins and have the opportunity to take a free placement test. The test lasts between 60 and 90 minutes depending on the level and is corrected and evaluated by selected teachers. The results discussion usually takes place 1 to 2 days later and also includes our course recommendation. For maximum flexibility, we offer the possibility to take the placement test either on-site or comfortably from home online.

Free Lunchtime Conversation Classes

As a free offer for our course participants, we offer a conversation class at lunchtime. Our goal is to improve the oral expression of our course participants and to apply the knowledge learned in the course. The given topics allow for consolidation of vocabulary as well as training of different forms of conversation.

Further information on the dates and scope of the conversation class can be found here.

Regular unit tests

Our courses consist of several units, depending on the level, each of which is completed with a test. The test results, along with the oral assessments, provide a valuable assessment of the progress of our course participants. This ensures homogeneity within our courses and enables the best possible advice and support.

Further information about our unit tests can be found here.