What is Bildungsurlaub?

Bildungsurlaub allows German employees to attend courses on special kinds of topics during their work time. In order for an employee to be able to take this educational leave, they must make arrangements to study with an approved institution. The list of areas in which we are approved for employees to come and study with us is below.

Counties we are approved within:


Every employee in Germany who is working for their company for at least six months has the right to take Bildungsurlaub; with the exception of Baden-Württemberg and Saarland, where the employee has to be employed for at least 12 months.

At Meridian School of English we are proud to be able to offer a Bildungsurlaub course that will help you to improve and put your English skills into action. With both a one week and two-week option available, you are able to select the best one to match your employer’s requirements.

Offering students the option of studying in either our Plymouth or Portsmouth locations, with both being next to the sea as well as many other exciting places to explore just a short journey away. We offer our students a complete package of learning and exploration.

Designed for German employees

This course has been specifically designed for German employees who are entitled up to 2-weeks paid leave to study at a government-approved educational establishment and wish to attend a 1 or 2- week course.

General and Communicative English

Each week has 30hrs of contact teaching time providing students with the opportunity to improve General and Communicative English through the use of coursebooks and class project work.

Sample course structure:

BILDUNGSURLAUB General English week 1
BILDUNGSURLAUB General English week 2


  • Increasing communicative competence
  • Development of grammatical knowledge of English
  • Practical use of functional language
  • Acquisition of new vocabulary through thematic project work
  • Building confidence in pronunciation

Outside the classroom the learning continues

Weekly social activities include:

  • Orientation walks around the city
  • English conversation club
  • Culture club
  • Social evenings in traditional English pubs
  • Live music and karaoke
  • Bowling evenings and pool competitions
  • Shopping trips
  • Evening meals at recommended local restaurants
  • Optional weekend excursions for example, London, Stonehenge,
  • Oxford, Tintagel and St Ives (bookable in advance).