Learn English or German with students from all over the world
Placement test online or on arrival
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.
English or German tuition is included in the price.
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, 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. Absolute beginners are accepted in both courses. Students with levels C1 and higher can join the B2 classes and will receive some extra tasks and exercises appropriate for their level of English/German.
Bilingual English/German campus and activity programme
Sports and creativity workshops
Half and full day excursions
OUR ACTIVITY PROGRAMME
Our Team members come from all over the world, therefore creating a truly international atmosphere in Castle Hohensolms. The team runs run a supervised bilingual 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 and German. A sample programme can be found here.
Our students’ safety and welfare is our top priority: One supervisor is responsible for every 10 students between the ages of 8 and 12 and one supervisor for every 15 students between the ages of 13 and 16. We select our team members very carefully. They are experienced in working with children and young people, responsible, caring, fun-loving and outgoing. All our team members are required to attend an intensive training to prepare them for their specific task. Our students can turn to them at any time for assistance. 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, Wetzlar, Castle Braunfels or Hessenpark Open-AirMuseum
One full day trip e.g. to Mainz, Frankfurt, Koblenz or Heidelberg (for students staying longer than one week
Live with other kids in a medieval castle
Medieval charm and modern facilities
Spacious multi-bedded rooms
Supervisors living on site
Full board meal service
Live and socialise with your fellow students from different countries on campus! You will stay in a real medieval castle either in a spacious multi-bedded standard room (6-8 beds) in the main building or in a smaller multi-bedded en-suite room (max. 6 beds) in the so called “Marstall”. 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 breakfast, warm lunch and cold dinner. 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.
Our Supervision Concept
Your safety and welfare are very important to us. The supervision concept in our summer 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 8-12 years is 1:10, however supervision groups during activities on or off campus will have different ratios of up to 15 students for students aged 8-12 depending on the situation.
8 to 12 year olds
Our youngest students are supervised more thoroughly by team members specifically trained for this task. The staff ratio for this age group is 1:10. They are required to take part in the activity programme and attendance is checked at the beginning of each activity. They are not allowed to leave the campus without supervision. It is not possible for parents to give their child permission to leave the campus without supervision.
“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 lady 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 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. An individual transfer can be added as an option 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 and 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 a coach company. 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.