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Study General English at ESE.


starting price

per week

These courses are suitable for German employees who would like to follow an English language course as a “Bildungsurlaub” as long as the chosen course is accredited in your specific German federal state.
In a total of 12 out of 16 Länder in Germany, there is a right to educational leave (Bildungsurlaub), a legal entitlement to further training for employees during working hours.
With this educational leave, the state promotes the initiative of workers to lifelong learning.


  • speak more fluently
  • improve your listening skills
  • understand different accents
  • expand your vocabulary
  • experience Maltese culture

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Fast Facts

Start dates

Every Monday

Entry level


Minimum Age

18 years +

Length of Course

1 or 2 weeks


30 lessons (22,5 hours) 40 lessons (30 hours)

Class size

Maximum 12 students


You may choose to add 10 private lessons (7.5 hrs) online or face-to-face

Why do a Bildungsurlaub? 

Not only does the employees benefit from the increase in know-how: thanks to the newly acquired knowledge that is available to the company, the employer is able to be up-to-date on the job even with an increasing age.



However, there are legal differences in the application of your educational leave in each federal country in Germany. Depending on the legislation in your specific country it is generally possible to leave 5 days per year. In addition, in some Länder this claim can also be cumulated to 10 days.



If you are planning a language stay of several weeks, you can have only a part of it recognized as an educational leave.

What are the exact preconditions for Bildungsurlaub in my federal state?

A number of German states (Länder) have accredited the General English courses at ESE as Bildungsurlaub – here you will find the relevant legislation. In case there is no official Bildungsurlaub recognition in your state, please speak to your employer as many are ready to accept the accreditation of other Länder as well:

How can I apply?

Booking at least two months in advance is recommended. Above all, we will help you to find the right course with accreditation for your state.

Which courses at ESE are accredited for Bildungsurlaub?

Presently we have accreditations in a number of the above mentioned states for:
  • GE30: 30 lessons / 22.5 hours
  • General English Combination 30 hours: consisting of 22.5 hours General English group & 7.5 hours self-study through the ESE platform
  • GE (General English) Intensive 30 hours: 22.5 hours General English group & 7.5 hours individual training

What is your level of English?

Don’t worry – we’ll figure that out for you. Before arrival you can do the ESE online placement test, which must be submitted at least 7 days before you start your course. Alternatively, our academic staff will ask you to sit for a short placement test on your first day at school. As a result, you are guaranteed to be in the course that is the right level for you.
English levels chart

Are you interested in this course?

For further information about Bildungsurlaub-approved courses, please contact us in our German office by phoning +49 (221) 22 20 60 12

or mail [email protected]