Germany: Heidelberg ILP Semester

Program Overview

The International House Heidelberg-Collegium Palatinum is located in Heidelberg, one of Germany's most beautiful and beloved cities, which has long been a center of university education. This world-famous, small romantic town is an ideal place to learn German. Located on the slopes of densely forested hills, Heidelberg is about an hour's train ride from the major urban center of Frankfurt, with access to famous scenic spots such as the Black Forest regions, and is within a few hours' drive from Munich and the Swiss and Austrian Alps.  Founded in 1958, the ih Heidelberg-Collegium Palatinum offers German courses all year round, at all levels, for participants who want to learn German intensively and effectively.



Academic Profile

ih Heidelberg - Collegium Palatinum in Heidelberg

The Intensive Language Program is offered at all levels by highly trained, qualified, university-educated native speakers of German.

The teachers at iH Heidelberg - Collegium Palatinum hold university degrees and have teaching experience in German as a Foreign language. They speak one or more foreign languages themselves and have experience working with people from various countries and backgrounds.

The language of instruction is German — right from the very first lesson. Students receive 25 hours of instruction per week for a total number of 400 contact hours during the 16-week session.

Participants with knowledge of German will be asked to take an online placement exam upon acceptance into the program. An oral test will take place on the first day of classes at iH Heidelberg - Collegium Palatinum and then students will be placed in their German classes. The oral test will be waived for students who are complete beginners in German language.

The iH Heidelberg - Collegium Palatinum has an international environment. Students will be taking classes alongside other American students, as well as with students from all over the world who are also at the school to learn German. Since the German language programs run year-round new students will be starting/ending their programs each week.

Course Offerings

Courses are offered at Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels.

Academic Highlights

Students participate 25 hours of instruction per week, and a total number of 400 contact hours during the 16-week session and 200 contact hours during the 8-week session.  Upon completion of the program students receive a transcript from the Collegium Palatinum.


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

The ih Heidelberg - Collegium Palatinum is located in the noble “Villa Krehl” in Heidelberg’s most beautiful residential area. The historic building with its spacious garden provides students with the perfect environment to live and learn. The classrooms and offices impress with their modern equipment and impart a true campus feeling. The picturesque garden allows for a variety of recreational activities for the students, such as barbecuing, playing a game of ball, or simply relaxing.  The school offers an exceptional atmosphere and modern facilities including well-equipped classrooms, a computer lab, library, Wi-Fi, spacious garden and terraces, TV room, student residences on and off campus

iH Heidelberg - Collegium Palatinum organizes a city tour of Heidelberg for the students during their first week of class, which encourages the students to get to know one another. In addition, the school offers local sightseeing trips to Heidelberg Castle, museums, day trips to nearby cities, visits to cultural and historic sites, and recreational events such as sports and social events. Students are expected to participate in all of the activities offered.


Students have two housing options. The first option is to live in a state-of-the-art and trendy "Bahnstadt-quarter". It provides modern fully-furnished single apartments (about 21m²) with a built-in kitchen and bathroom. The public areas offer inviting rooms for socializing, common learning, cooking and relaxing. There is a TV- lounge for all, a modern fitness area, a shared kitchen, and washing machines and dryers in the laundry centre. High-speed internet and cable TV is included.*

The second housing option is to live with a host family, which can be arranged for those students who are looking for exposure to everyday life in Germany; students will be provided two daily meals with this option.

*Comparable accommodation may be provided in lieu of student apartments should vacancy become unavailable  Early application is recommended to ensure housing preference.*


Heidelberg ILP Semester Program Details


FALL 2015
Fall Term (16-weeks): August 30 - December 19, 2015
Fall Term I (8-weeks): August 30 - October 24, 2015
Fall Term II (8-weeks): October 25 - December 19, 2015

Spring Term (16-weeks): January 10 - April 30, 2016
Spring Term I (8-weeks): January 10 - March 5, 2016
Spring Term II (8-weeks):  March 6 - April 30, 2016

*Absolute beginners may only participate in sessions beginning in August/September, January and May/June.

**Students who wish to spend a full semester in Heidelberg will enroll in two, 8-week sessions.

Application Deadline(s)

All application materials and payments must be received 45 days prior to the start of the session.

Eligibility Requirements

Open to students at least 18 years of age at all undergraduate levels with a 2.5 GPA


FALL 2015
8-week session (student apartment in a single room): $6,090
8-week session (host family in a single room with two meals per day): $7,060
16-week session (student apartment in a single room):  $10,335
16-week session (host family in a single room with two meals a day): $12,280

8-week session (student apartment in a single room): $5,020 CCIS member / $5,420 non-member
8-week session (host family in a single room with two meals per day): $5,820 CCIS member / $6,220 non-member
16-week session (student apartment in a single room):  $8,880 CCIS member / $9,280 non-member
16-week session (host family in a single room with two meals a day): $10,480 CCIS member / $10,880 non-member

Costs Included

Instructional and administrative costs, single room in student apartment (no meals) or single room with a host family (2 meals included in this option), mandatory CISI health and accident insurance, full access to Collegium's library, pre-departure information and materials, teaching materials, cultural and leisure program, one-way airport shuttle upon arrival (Frankfurt International to Heidelberg), and internet access.

Costs Not Included

Airfare (app. $1,000-1,600), personal costs, meals (if living in residence hall), public transportation, 250 euro damage deposit if living in a student apartment (approx. $280 minus any damages - refundable upon departure), transcript fee (if U.S. transcript is required by home institution - $350 for CCIS members, $550 for non-CCIS members.

Entry Requirements

Students studying abroad in Heidelberg for the semester will need to obtain a residence permit upon their arrival in Germany, which is approximately 70 euros. Please contact the program sponsor for more information about applying for a residence permit.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Related Links

Wikipedia -Heidelberg


Your Adventure in Heidelberg Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

Liz Vocasek, Study Abroad Coordinator
Greene International Education Institute
Broward College – WHC Downtown Center
225 E. Las Olas Blvd, Bldg. 32/617
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tel #: 954-201-7709

How Do I Apply?

Before beginning the application process, you should speak with the study abroad office at your home institution, or your academic advisor if your home institution does not have a study abroad office.  Please download application materials to your computer.  Do NOT fill forms out in your web internet browser.

1.) CCIS Application Form
2.) 2 Academic Recommendations from Professors
3.) Official transcript
4.) Housing Form

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.