Learning German

It is essential to pick up some basic German while you are living in Germany. There are a couple of options:

At the MPI for Biology of Ageing

We offer German language classes for the institute's employees. Please check with the IO for current dates and times.

Language schools

If you are looking for ways to enhance your German skills, there are many language schools in Cologne that offer German classes at several different levels. Initial contacts can be made in English. Here are some websites of schools in and around Cologne:

Bonn Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 11, 53177 Bonn
Tel.: (0228) 95756-0  Fax: (0228) 95756-23
E-Mail: bonn(at)goethe.de

Volkshochschule der Stadt Köln
Josef-Haubrich-Hof 2, 50676 Köln
Contact Person for German as a Foreign Language (DaF):
Maria Germann-Demirci Tel.: (0221) 221-23605  Fax: (0221) 221-22856
E-Mail: maria.germann-demirci(at)stadt-koeln.de

Carl Duisberg Centrum, Hansaring 49-51, 50670 Köln
Tel.: (0221) 1626-212  Fax: (0221) 1626-220
E-Mail: koeln(at)cdc.de

Internationaler Bund Bildungszentrum (BZ)
Pfälzischer Ring 100-102, 51063 Köln
Tel.: (0221) 9809-107  Fax: (0221) 9809-101
E-Mail: IB-Koeln(at)internationaler-bund.de

Berlitz Language Center 
Schildergasse 72-76, 50667 Köln
Tel. (0221) 277 39 0 Fax: (0221) 255 013

Language magazines


German way of life

It might be helpful for you to get to know some German customs and traditions before you arrive in the country. Some of the following sites will give you some insight into the German way of life and perhaps better prepare you for what lies ahead.

German newspapers and magazines

Another way to pick up a language is to expose yourself to the language wherever and whenever possible. Germany's newspapers and magazines are a good source for learning German. You can find a specialty magazine that might interest you, such as in cooking, sports, hobbies, current events, etc.

The most popular newspapers and magazines are listed below (links to their websites):

Website for all German newspapers:

Website for online German magazines: