Learn English or German with students from all over the world
Placement test on arrival
Study in mixed nationality classes with maximum 15 students
All materials provided
Certificate at the end of course and Graduation Ceremony
Lessons take place in the spacious classrooms in the castle. During lessons and activities you will be learning a lot about medieval times. Our qualified teachers do not only organise the lessons but also your activities and supervision.
INTENSIVE ENGLISH OR GERMAN 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, communicative activities and speaking practice. Our aim is to provide you with the vocabulary and grammar required for effective communication and particular attention is paid to improving speaking and listening skills.
The following levels are catered for: beginner (A1), elementary (A2), pre-ntermediate (B1), upper intermediate (B2), advanced (C1) for both languages.
Exciting, supervised activity programme 7 days a week
Medieval games, treasure hunts, archery and bonfires
Common speech: English and German
Enjoy the pool, do sports or creativity workshops
Half and full day excursions included
OUR ACTIVITY PROGRAMME
Our friendly and helpful International Team with staff members from countries such as England, Germany, France, Spain, Russia or other countries will run a fully supervised activity programme in the afternoons and evenings, 7 days a week. In the afternoon you can choose between several activities and in the evening you can take part in one of our amazing events. Please note that our activities take place in English and German. A sample programme can be found here.
Your safety and welfare is our top priority: there is one supervisor responsible for 10 students between 8 and 12 years or one supervisor for 15 students between 13 and 16 years. The members of our team have been carefully selected for their responsible and caring attitude, for being fun-loving and outgoing. They are the people you can turn to at any time for assistance. Please note that you are not allowed to leave the campus without supervision and that the above-mentioned activity programme is also compulsory for you.
Quiz Night, Film Night, Games Night, Open Stage, Bonfire Night with BBQ
A half-day trip per week for example to Marburg, Limburg, Giessen, Wetzlar, Schloss Braunfels or Hessenpark Open-AirMuseum
A full day trip for example to Mainz, Frankfurt, Koblenz or Heidelberg (if you stay longer than one week)
Live with other kids in a medieval castle
Spacious multi-bedded rooms
Supervisors living on site
Enjoy the great facilities in the castle
Full board meal service
Live and socialise with your fellow students from Germany and many different countries on campus! You will stay in a real medieval castle either in spacious multi-bedded standard rooms (6-8 beds) in the main building or in smaller multi-bedded en-suite rooms (max. 6 beds) in the so called “Marstall”. Also our supervisors live in the Residence and they are there for you if you have any problems or questions.
You will have full board accommodation that includes breakfast, warm lunch and cold dinner. All meals are taken in the dining hall of the castle. Vegetarian options offered daily. Vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free food is 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 available for students staying more than one week.
Our Supervision Concept
Your safety and welfare are very important to us, therefore our supervision concept for students in our Summer Language Holidays Programme is based on a compulsory activity programme during afternoons and evenings seven days a week. The cornerstone of this programme are the daily „Time to Talk“ meetings.
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
You will be part of a TTT (Time to Talk) group of up to 25 students. In the lunchtime TTT you tell your supervisor what you want to do in the afternoon and the supervisor will put you in the respective sign-up list which will be checked when the programme starts. The same happens at the dinner time TTT for the evening event.
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 certainly feel like a real knight or a real lady during your day 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, situated at just a 5 minute-walking distance from the village of Hohensolms. The castle has been welcoming young people from all over the world for many years. German students will also be present on campus. They will attend an English language course and participate in the programmed afternoon and evening activities. Also situated in the castle are modern classrooms and the IP Ocean Lounge where you can listen to music, use the free Wifi, relax and meet friends. The IP Fruit 'n' Fit Corner offers you all day long water, tea and fruit. The IP centre offers a wide range of recreational facilities. Give table tennis a go or express your creativity by joining one of our workshops. Sports facilities for soccer, beach volleyball and basketball are also situated on campus.
How to get to Hohensolms
We are pleased to offer 3 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 ( Low Budget Transfer) if you respect the required times. Optionally you can add an individual transfer to your booking.
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 or from Hohensolms to the airport.
Low Budget Transfer
We also offer a Low Budget transfer from/to Frankfurt Airport to Hohensolms. Transfers will be provided by well-known coach companies. Fly into Frankfurt Airport between 10:00 and 16:30, for non-European students we recommend arriving before 15:00 on the day of arrival and our Meet & Greet Service will be waiting for you at the terminal and will accompany you to your transfer service. Our coach shuttle will depart from Frankfurt Airport, or a nearby pick up station, at approximately 18:00. After less than 2 hours you will be dropped off at the school in Hohensolms. This service can be booked as a return service only.
On the day of departure, you will be dropped-off at Frankfurt Airport at about 11:00 – so please book your flight after 13:00. A staff member will help you to your terminal and check you in.
If you book an Unaccompanied Minors service with your airline, please request our Unaccompanied Minors service. The Low Budget Transfer is only available on the indicated arrival and departure days.
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.