While you can surely get by in Berlin and never learn German, life is so much better when you learn the language – even just a little bit. Whether it’s making friends or finding a job, becoming fluent in German will go a long way toward making settling into your new life abroad that much easier.

Fortunately for anyone who chooses to call the German capital their home, there are plenty of German language schools in Berlin. Whether you’re looking to take an intensive day course, an evening class, in person, or remotely, there are options available for everyone. Even better, there are budget-friendly options, in addition to more upmarket ones. 

Recommended reading: Our guide on how to save money in Germany.

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We could go on forever about why it’s important to learn German upon your arrival in the country, like how it helps increase your chances of finding employment, understand legal agreements or current news developments, yield respect and appreciation from locals, and so much more. We hope that it’s obvious, but for more insight, read our guide.

Use this hand-picked curated list of German language schools in Berlin to begin your learning journey now. 

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Are there any good German language schools in Berlin that are missing from this list? Drop a comment below so others in our community can benefit from your recommendations. 


Cheryl Howard, Founder @ The Berlin Life

Cheryl Howard, Founder @ The Berlin Life

Hi, I’m Cheryl. My mission is to help you move to Berlin and find work.

A Canadian in Berlin for 10+ years, I have the unique experience of moving to Berlin – not once, but twice. During my time in Berlin, I’ve had five different visas and worked as both a freelancer and a permanent employee for numerous Berlin companies. I even managed to find a new job during the pandemic and again in 2023, during Germany’s recession and massive layoffs in tech. 

My day job has involved work as a hiring manager, overseeing the recruitment of countless people, as well as a team coach helping teams and individuals work better and find happiness in their careers. Through my side projects, I’ve also shared my personal experiences by publishing a series of helpful blog posts, creating a thriving community of job seekers, and hosting events to help people find work in Berlin. In 2021, I decided to put my coaching and recruiting talents to use by creating The Berlin Life, bringing my existing content and community together in one spot.

The combination of my personal and professional experience means I know exactly what it takes to move to Berlin and find work.