- Registration and payment
- Lessons and program
- Arrival and accommodation
- University study in Germany
There are two ways to get into a German university:
- You have a school-leaving certificate that is equivalent to the German “Abitur” or you have completed at least a year’s university study in your home country. After passing a German language test you can directly apply for university.
- You don’t have an equivalent school-leaving certificate and haven’t studied at a university in your home country. In this case you will have to visit a preparatory college in Germany for 1 year to take lessons in a variety of subjects (German, mathematics, biology, etc.). If you successfully pass the final examination you can apply for university. You do not have to take any further German language tests.
You will only be accepted at a preparatory college if you have a German language level of B2. Follow this link to see how your school-leaving certificate is evaluated: https://anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html
When you register for one of our German courses, include a copy of your school-leaving certificates, what you would like to study and, if possible, your preferred place of study.
We will then get your documents checked (fee: 100 €). 4 – 6 weeks later you will receive a document which will state whether you can go straight to university or whether you need to visit a preparatory college (Studienkolleg) first. If you present this preliminary document (Vorprüfdokumentation) with your visa application and the course confirmation letter from us at the German embassy in your home country, you can obtain a university applicants visa.
The best way to find out if you need a visa is to look at the homepage of the Foreign Office. There you will find the address of the German embassy in your home country, where you can ask about the exact requirements for entering Germany.
Please remember, if you need a visa to travel and want to study or attend a long language course in Germany you cannot enter the country on a tourist visa. A tourist visa cannot be extended.
If you need a visa to attend a language course please send us your course registration in the first instance. You will then receive our invoice for the course with a brief confirmation message. After you have paid the invoice we will send you a letter of confirmation by post or email that you can hand in to the embassy. Check with the German embassy in your home country (www.auswaertiges-amt.de) whether you need any other supporting documents. Be aware that your visa application may take several weeks or even months to process. Make sure you allow plenty of time.
If you can’t get a visa and need to withdraw your course registration, please let us know as soon as possible (two weeks before the course starts at the latest). Please send the rejection letter from the embassy to us by fax or email. We will then refund any course or accommodation fees that you have already paid to us minus our administration fee (see our Terms & Conditions).
If you arrive at Münster Airport: there are regular buses to the centre (to the Hauptbahnhof). From there you can get a taxi. You can also take a taxi directly from the airport to your accommodation.
If you arrive at another airport: take a train to Münster. At Münster station get a taxi or a bus.
If you arrive by train: take a taxi from the station. A journey from the station to addresses in the city centre will cost about € 12 – 20. You can of course take a bus instead.
Yes. We can organize for you to be picked up at the airport. The taxi will then bring you straight to your accommodation. Please ask us at least 1 week before your arrival (the earlier the better) and send us your exact flight details. If you also need a transfer for your return, you can arrange this in our office.
We send the accommodation address about 2 weeks before the start of the course. We send this the fastest way, i.e. if we have your email address, we will send you an email, so please check your mailbox regularly and send us your new email address if it changes.
If you haven’t heard anything a week before your course starts, please contact us. The message could have got lost.
All the available rooms are single rooms in an accommodation with one or more hosts (except for in apartments, where you live alone).
You can book a room with breakfast included, half-board or self-catering. Bathrooms are shared and, if self-catering, you share a kitchen with the hosts.
You will be sharing with a family, flatmates or a single person.
We can recommend reasonably-priced good local hotels on request.
A family consists of married or unmarried couples with children, some of whom may have moved out, or older couples or single mothers and fathers. Living with a family is usually more comfortable and more spacious than living in a flatshare; however, the homes are not always very central.
A “single person” refers to someone who lives alone and has a room available in their home.
A “flatshare” (Wohngemenschaft) refers to a small community of people who live together. In Münster this usually consists of students but older professionals living together is also common.
Many of the rooms are in the center of town. The rooms that are further away can easily be reached by bus or bicycle (most in under 30 minutes). Some hosts provide bicycles free of charge or for a small fee.
The maximum distance between the accommodation and the school is 8 km. If you want to stay nearer the school, we offer the option “under 2 kilometers” which is slightly more expensive (see our price list).
The room is only available for the period of the course (from Sunday to Saturday). Any other times must be agreed on in advance with KAPITO.
You are obliged to look after your room, to clean it before you leave and to cover the cost of any damage that may occur. There will be a handover with your hosts on the day you leave.
Things can easily get broken from time to time so we recommend taking out liability insurance. Follow this link to our insurance partners Care Concept AG: Online application for liability insurance for language students (more information about liability insurance).
The lessons take place Monday to Friday from 9am till 12.30, with a half hour break at 10.30. If you have booked an intensive course with 24 lessons per week, there are also afternoon lessons twice a week. These lessons normally start at 1.30 or 2pm. Individual lessons (Course Plus) also take place in the afternoon. Times will be arranged individually.
On the first day all new students meet at 9am. They will be given general information about the school, the course program, the city etc. They will then take a level test and have a brief talk with a teacher. Beginners can usually start the lessons at 11am. In summer, when we have very many new students, they might be able to join their class only the next day at 9am. On the first day we usually offer an activity in the afternoon or evening as part of our social program.
After the lesson has finished at 12.30, you can go, like most students, to the university canteen (Mensa) for lunch (you can get lunch or supper here for € 4 – 6). For some students afternoon classes then start from 1.30pm. Others come back to KAPITO to write emails, get help with homework or just meet with friends. We close the school at 6pm at the latest.
Yes. On 3-4 afternoons or evenings a week we offer something to do, for example, sports, trips out, visiting museums, etc. KAPITO also regularly organizes weekend trips to other cities. During the summer courses in July and August there is an activity every weekday. The cost of our social program is included in the course price. This means that apart from personal expenses (e.g. drinks on a pub crawl) and transport costs for weekend trips (normally € 10) you don’t have to pay anything extra.
There are between 120 and 150 students at KAPITO every month in 12 – 14 different level classes. Most students are between 18 and 25 years old but there are also many older students. Students must be at least 16 years old. We have students from about 40 countries.
In the summer (July and August) we have up to 200 students in 16-18 different classes. During that time there are also many students under the age of 18.
In order to stay in Germany you will need valid health insurance. If your insurance in your home country doesn’t cover health costs in Germany, you can take out affordable insurance through us that covers the time of your course.
We also recommend taking out liability and accident insurance. Liability insurance covers costs arising from unintended damage that you may cause (e.g. traffic accidents). Accident insurance provides additional cover to health insurance in the case of an accident.
We can organize all these insurances for you to cover even short-time courses.
By law you have to have health insurance in Germany. We recommend you take out insurance with Care Concept AG for your time with us. Follow this link to find out more and arrange insurance online: Care College insurance for language students
First click on “Online application”, then enter your personal details and information about your stay in Germany. Next, you select the appropriate tariff. Tariffs differ in price and what they cover. Payment can be made by direct debit, bank transfer, credit card or PayPal. You should receive a confirmation email within an hour. This confirmation email can be submitted to the embassy.
If you need a doctor while you are studying with us, you will need to see a general practioner (Hausarzt or Allgemeinmediziner). The doctor will examine you and may send you to a specialist (Facharzt) if you need extra tests (e.g a dermatologist for skin problems or cardiologist for heart problems). They might give you a prescription. Take this to the chemist (Apotheke) to pick up your medicine. You can visit a dentist (Zahnarzt) or GU clinic (Frauenarzt) without visiting the doctor first. You should only go to a hospital if you have an acute emergency.
You’ve made it! You’ve successfully completed a language course with us. Should you now want to start a university course in Germany there are a few things to organize; enrollment, accommodation and health insurance. You will need to have either public or private health insurance when you start your studies in Germany, e.g. with our insurance partners Care Concept AG – follow the link below:
We are happy to help you choose your insurance. Please come and visit us.
Yes, but please consider that the course will then be more expensive. Basically: the longer you register for, the lower the price. For example if you register for 24 weeks at the start, you pay 3,310 €. If you register at first for 4 weeks, and then extend the course month by month, you pay 3,680 €.
However, please keep in mind that you cannot cancel or shorten the course after it has started. Thus, if you are unsure about how long you can actually stay, it is better to book a shorter course period first and extend the course later. Otherwise you will lose the course payment because we cannot refund you if you discontinue the course.
You might be able to take out insurance against course discontinuation in your home country before you travel.
You can pay the deposit by bank transfer or personally/through a contact person in our office. The rest of the course fees can be paid in our office at the start of the course, or by bank transfer. There are different conditions for students who need a visa (see “visas”). Students who register through a Language Travel Agent should ask the agent about methods of payment.
After 12 course weeks you can take a 1-week break, or alternatively you can take 2 weeks off after 24 course weeks. We can add this time to your booking so the original ending date would change by the number of weeks you took off. If you’d like to take a break, please make sure you inform our office about this at least one week in advance. If you’d like to take more weeks off, you’re free to do so, but in this case we cannot add that time to your booking.
Whether you can return to your old class after the break depends on your performance. You might have to change the class or take another test.
Important: if you have booked accommodation through us, you’ll have to pay the rent for the duration of the break as well!