Mixed nationality classes with a maximum of 15 students per class
Qualified and experienced teachers
All materials provided
Certificate and graduation ceremony
Lessons take place in spacious classrooms in the castle. Our teachers do not only provide the lessons but also the activity programme. The teachers will always try to speak to the students in the language they are learning and the activity programme is an essential part of the language learning experience.
INTENSIVE ENGLISH COURSE
Lessons normally take place from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 12:30. The four morning lessons focus on the main areas of language learning: grammar and language work, reading and listening, communication and speaking practice. Our aim is to provide students with the vocabulary and grammar required for effective communication and particular attention is paid to improving speaking and listening skills.
The following levels are offered: Beginner (A1), Elementary (A2), Intermediate (B1), Upper Intermediate (B2) for both languages. Levels A0 and C1 on request only.
Bilingual English/German campus and activity programme
Enjoy the pool, do sports or creativity workshops
Half and full day excursions included
Our Team members come from all over the world, therefore creating a truly international atmosphere in Castle Hohensolms. Our language camp is structured as the most famous wizarding school. Students will be divided into houses, have to fulfil tasks and compete in the course of a week. The winning house will be celebrated in the final evening event of the week when they will be awarded with the House cup.
The team runs run a supervised activity programme 7 days a week. In the afternoon students can choose between several activities and in the evening, we offer amazing events for the whole group. Please note that our activities take place in English. A sample programme can be found here. Please note that students are not allowed to leave the campus without supervision and that the above-mentioned activity programme is part of the language learning experience and therefore all students are required to attend.
Quiz Night, Movie Night, Games Night, Open Stage, Bonfire Night
One half day trip per week to e.g. Marburg, Limburg, Giessen or Wetzlar
One full day trip e.g. to Mainz, Frankfurt or Heidelberg (for students staying longer than one week)
IP TRIP PROGRAMME
Excursions are a part of our programme and included in the price. During your first week you have one half-day trip included. If you stay more than one week you will have one additional half-day excursion and one full day trip per additional week.
Each trip consists of a guided tour of the area with some interesting background information and stops at the nicest photo locations. Our supervisors will not only tell you more about the city but also where the coolest shops and cafés are, because after the guided tour you will have some free time with your friends for shopping and discovering on your own! The amount of free time allowed depends on the students’ age.
Half-day trip destinations: Marburg, Limburg, Giessen or Wetzlar
Full day trip destinations: Mainz, Frankfurt or Heidelberg
Live with other students in a medieval castle
Spacious multi-bedded rooms
Supervisors living on site
Medieval charm and modern facilities
Full board meal service
Live and socialise with your fellow students in the castle Hohensolms! You will stay in a real medieval castle either in a spacious multi-bedded standard room (6-8 beds). Our team members live in the Residence as well and they are there for you at all times, day or night,
You will have full board accommodation that includes a continental breakfast, a 2-course lunch and cold and warm dinner. For breakfast we serve bread (rolls) and jam, honey, cheese and cold cuts, water, tea & coffee, also some cereals. Lunch consists of a main course with a salad and desert. Dinner is a mixture of cold and hot dinner reflecting the needs of our non-German guests. We offer bread for dinner (see breakfast) and also a hot dish. Vegetarian options are offered daily. Vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free options are available upon request.
There is a launderette on campus and safe storage for valuables is available in the IP Office. Bedding is provided, but students need to bring towels (don’t forget to bring an extra towel to go swimming). We offer free laundry service for students staying more than one week. Please do not forget to bring an additional 50 Euros for the damage deposit which will be returned to you on departure day.
Our Supervision Concept
Your safety and welfare are very important to us. The supervision concept in our Easter programme is based on a fixed activity programme during afternoons and evenings which every student is required to attend. In our daily „Time to Talk“-meetings we meet with students in small groups to get feedback from them about their experience in the camp.
Our staff ratio on campus for the age group 13-16 years is 1:15, however supervision groups during activities on or off campus will have different ratios of up 25 students for 13-16 year old depending on the situation.
13 to 16 year olds
You participate in a compulsory programme with a wide range of activities. You are not allowed to leave the campus without staff members – even if your parents give you the permission to do so. During excursions you will have the chance to explore and have some free time in pairs or groups with a staff member waiting for you at the meeting point. Hohensolms is also available for children aged 8 to 12. Click here for more details.
Time to Talk
“Time to Talk” in Hohensolms takes place once a day between dinner and the beginning of the evening event. Groups of up to 15 students meet with the same Team member every day. “Time to Talk” is a safe environment where students can give feedback on the activities of the day and their experiences in the camp. “Time to talk” usually takes place in the language the student is learning, however it is sometimes necessary to let the students speak in their native language, depending on their language abilities in the foreign language.
Improve your language skills while living in a medieval castle of the 14th century
Our English and German summer courses take place in a real medieval hill castle overlooking the Lahn-Dill Highlands. Situated between historic towns like Giessen, Limburg, Marburg and Wetzlar, the small and safe village of Hohensolms is perfect for younger students. You will feel like a real knight or even like a young witch or wizard in the famous school of witchcraft and wizardry during your time in Hohensolms as lessons and most of our activities take place in the medieval hall and in the courtyard of the castle. Our International Team is happy to welcome you to the historic castle of Hohensolms, located just a 5-minute-walk away from the village of Hohensolms. The castle has been welcoming young people from all over the world for many years. The classrooms in the castle are modern and the IP Ocean Lounge, where you can listen to music, use the free Wifi, relax and meet friends, is bright and spacious. The IP Fruit 'n' Fit Corner offers water, tea and fruit all day long. The IP centre offers a wide range of recreational facilities. Give table tennis a go or express your creativity by joining one of our arts & crafts workshops. Sports facilities for soccer, beach volleyball and basketball are also located on campus.
How to get to Hohensolms
We are pleased to offer 2 different options of how to get to Hohensolms. Transfers are not included in the price, but transfers can be provided as an additional service from/to Frankfurt Airport or Train Station.
Self arranged journey
You can choose a self-arranged journey to our centre in Hohensolms. This requires you to be accompanied by your parent/s or a guardian from the airport to Hohensolms and from Hohensolms to the airport. Please make sure to respect the required arrival and departure times. Check-In is on Sundays from 14:00 to 17:00. On departure day your parents should pick you up in the morning between 10:00 and 12:00.
In case you can’t meet the required times for the Low Budget Transfer we are happy to organise Individual Transfers for you from/to Frankfurt Airport to Hohensolms and /or a return service to Frankfurt for a flat rate. On the day of arrival our Meet & Greet Service will be waiting for you at the exit area of customs and will, if not requested otherwise, take you directly to our school in Hohensolms
On the day of departure, you will leave Hohensolms as required in order to make sure you arrive at the airport in time. For your own safety, we will assist you with the check-in for your flight.
If you book an Unaccompanied Minors service with your airline, please request our Unaccompanied Minors service also.