FAQ German School Regensburg

Registration & Payment

Please send the completed online enrolment form as early as possible prior to the beginning of your German language course. We will usually confirm your enrolment within 24 hours. A deposit of 100 € for the course and 100 € for accommodation (Visa or Master Card or bank transfer, refundable only in case of non-availability) should be sent with your application or after receiving confirmation; the balance is to be paid not later than 2 weeks before the course begins.
Late applications are possible as long as there are places available, but should be confirmed by e-mail, Whatsapp or telephone.
In the event of non-availability of places your payments will be fully refunded.

Visa

Please enquire at a German embassy or consulate about visa regulations. You will need to enrol in a German language course with at least 20 weekly lessons (15 hours).
We will send you a confirmation of enrolment in our German language school by e-mail (pdf) or via DHL (extra fees), if required.
The German authorities may ask you for proof of payment for a large part of your German language course. In the case your visa is refused we will refund your entire payments (less deposit) if you provide us with the document with your visa refusal.

Arrival & Departure

From Munich airport:
75 minutes by direct train from inside the airport, 26 € (“Bayernticket Single”).
Get your ticket online or at the ticket machine.

Or by shuttle www.airportliner.com, to be booked online, about 46 € one way, reductions for 2 and more persons. They will take you directly to our German language school and residence or to your homestay address or hotel.

From Frankfurt airport: about 4 hours by train, prices vary

You can use The DB Navigator app to get the best connections, times and prices. You can also buy your  ticket online.

Arrival at HORIZONTE School and Residence

The school and residence are at 15 minutes walking distance from the station, a taxi costs about 10 €.
You should arrive at the school on Sunday evening between 17.00 and 19.00. We’ll take you to your room in our on-site residence (in the same building).
In a short conversation we’ll find out more about your knowledge of German and tell you in which group to go on Monday morning.
In case you cannot make it between 5 and 7, it is absolutely necessary to let us know. We will provide you with an emergency phone number, so that you can get your room upon aarrival just the same.

Early check-in before 5 pm or arrival on Saturday: may be possible but cannot be guaranteed.
If you want to stay longer than Saturday morning after the end of your course, please let us know in time – it may be possible.

Arrival at your homestay

We will provide you with the details of your homestay about 1 week prior to your arrival.
You are expected to arrive on Sunday evening, not earlier than 5 pm.
If there are any changes please contact your host family.

Public Transport/Bike rental

If you book a room in our residence in the middle of the city centre you don’t need to use the public bus system – you can walk to all the places of interest. The bus fare is about 20 € per week and 50 € per month (2019). You can check current prices for the RVV (Regensburger Verkehrsverbund) here.
Bikes can be rented at the railway station.

Lessons & Timetable

The lessons take place in our premises at Rote-Hahnen-Gasse 12 in Regensburg.
Standard Course: 9.00 – 12.30 (10.30 – 11.00 break)
Intensive Course: Standard course in the morning, afternoon lessons in mini-groups (Individual tuition, Exam Preparation, Business German, Teacher Refresher Course, Translation Course etc.) – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 13.30 – 15.30, Friday from 13.30 to 15.00 (altogether 10 lessons) or upon special arrangement with the instructor.
Intensive Course+5: Standard course in the morning, afternoon lessons 3 x 75 minutes per week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 13.30 – 14.45 or from 15.00 – 16.15 (altogether 5 lessons).
Please note: An Intensive Course with 10 afternoon lessons in a mini-group is automatically changed into an Intensive Course+5 if there is only one student of  that level.
There are usually no lessons on Wednesday afternoon.

Individual Lessons, 1-to-1: to be arranged with us and the teacher

Course Books and DVDs

You get the books and other materials used in your German class for free.
Dictionaries and grammar books are for sale only.
There are plenty of books and movies (in original German language) in our library that you can borrow for free.

Meals & Drinks

There are no meals provided in the residence, but youhave a fridge and a kettle in your room and there are kitchens where you can prepare your meals.
There are lots of bars, restaurants and cafés in the city centre. Many of them offer unexpensive lunch from about 8 €.
A cup of coffee is about 2.50 €, a glass (0.5 l) of beer, juice, mineral water ca. 4 €, a small coke 3 €.
There is a great variety of any kind of restaurants offering local, national and international cuisine.
Please remember to always give a tip of 5-10%.
Most supermarkets are open until 8 pm from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday you can get food only at the station.

Climate & Weather

The climate in this part of Bavaria (on the river Danube, at 314 m sea level) is moderate, not too cold, not too warm. You can have rain at any time of the year. In winter, you can expect snow with temperatures between -10 and +10°C from November to March, and in summer you can have all kinds of weather: hot days over 30°C (even for a period of several weeks), cloudy weather or rain – and sometimes everything within one week!

Laundry

There is a washing machine and a dryer in our residence. There are laundries in the city centre.
Your host family will offer to wash some of your clothes if you stay longer than 2 or 3 weeks.

Sports

Swimming: Westbad (15 min by bus, outdoor and indoor pools), RT-Bad (walking distance, only outdoor).

Cycling: In summer, you can go by bike to some nearby lakes which are ideal for swimming. You can also have a walk or use your bike along the river Danube or other rivers.

Other outdoor sports: Football (soccer), jogging, beach volleyball, frisbee meetings according to interest and weather. If you want to go hiking or skiing in the Alps during the weekend, it takes you  2 – 3 hours by car to interesting sites.
Gyms: There are various gyms, and possibilities for tennis and squash (but not in the city centre).

Mail

You can have your mail sent to our address. “HORIZONTE” MUST be of the address!

HORIZONTE, “your name”, Rote-Hahnen-Gasse 12, 93047 Regensburg, Germany

Nationality mix

We are happy to have an almost perfect nationality mix. Every year, we have about 500 participants from approximately 50 countries.

English speaking: 12%
Spanish speaking: 11%
Italian: 11%
Czech Republic: 11%
Japanese: 8%
French speaking: 5%
Other: 42%

These numbers do not include closed groups and courses of special interest
(e.g. refresher courses for teachers of German)

For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us: info@horizonte.com
or call +49 941 57207.

We look forward to welcoming you to our German language school in beautiful Regensburg!