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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 Bundesländer in Germany, there is a right to educational leave (Bildungsurlaub), a legal entitlement to further training for employees during working hours. With the educational leave, the state promotes the initiative of workers to lifelong learning. 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 leavein each federal country in Germany. Depending on the legislation in your specific country it is generally possible to leave 5 days per year, 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?

Presently a number of German states (Länder) have accredited the General English courses at ESE as Bildungsurlaub, in the following 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:

Which courses at ESE are accredited for Bildungsurlaub?

Presently we have accreditations in a number of the above mentioned states for:

–  General English 30 (30 lessons / 22,5 hours)

–  General English Combination 30 hours (22,5 hours General English group + 7,5 hours self-study through the ESE platform)

–  General English Intensive 30 hours (22,5 hours General English group + 7,5 hours individual training)

If an accreditation does not exist for your specific country or the accreditation will expire, we will apply for it.

Booking at least two months in advance is recommended.

For further information, please contact us in our German office by phone +49 (221) 22 20 60 12 or mail for more information about Bildungsurlaub-approved courses. We will help you to find the right course with accreditation for your state.

By following a General English 30 group course of a total of 22.5 hours, you develop all your core language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and improve your general level of English and understanding in all areas of language knowledge. This means that you study and improve grammar in context, expand your vocabulary around everyday topics and improve your pronunciation. By the end of your course you can expect to be a more confident and fluent user of English.

Additionally you are entitled to follow 7.5 hours or more of General English online. The course covers different areas of English with a special focus on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation in everyday situations. By following the online course, you will build confidence to communicate easily and fluently. Online learning modules include: Everyday English, Vocabulary Builders, Grammar Builders, Themed Topics and Video News Report.

You may prefer to combine a group course with one-to-one lessons. In this case the Intensive (General English) option is for you because you follow group lessons (20 lessons/15 hours or 30 lessons/22,5 hours) and have the opportunity to practise and improve your fluency with other English language learners of the same language level while during the individual lessons you can focus on whichever area of language you prefer. The Intensive option is made up of 15 or 22.5 hours of face-to-face language training which can then beccombined with online language training (7.5 hours +)

Course Fast Facts 
Entry level:Starter +
Minimum age:18 years
Length of course:Minimum 1 week
Start date:Every Monday
Lessons/week:GE 30: 30/week (15 hours) or Intensive English 30: (22.5 hours)
Optional:Additional Online (7.5 hours) or Individual Training (7.5 hours)
Class size:Maximum 12


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Our academic staff ensures that you follow the course at the right language level for you. Before arrival you can sit for the ESE online placement test (which must be submitted at least 14 days before you start your course).
Alternatively, our academic staff ask you to sit for a short placement test on your first day at school.