Terms of Service

German Group Courses

  1. The Terms of Service are part of the course contract between the subscriber and the Institute “Speakeasy “. Signing the course contract confirms that the student has read and accepted these terms and conditions.
  2. The course fee is to be paid in full prior to the first day of the course according to the contractually agreed upon payment. The course fee can be paid in cash or by bank transfer to the account of our institute. Bank transfers must be made free of charge for the recipient. The price discounts for long-term group courses with a course length of more than four months may be granted if and only if the entire course fee is paid in advance. Students who do not pay for long term courses in advance will pay the monthly fee as shown in the fee-chart. Educational materials such as books must be purchased by the students and are not part of the contract price.
  3. Upon registration/ signing of contract a registration fee of € 25, - is due. This fee shall not be refunded if the course is cancelled by the participant. A refund of a deposit is only possible if the contract is terminated at least 14 days before the start-date of the course. Registration fees and refunds for students requiring a German study-visa do not follow this schedule (see section 4). If notice of termination is not given 14 days before the start-date of the course, the fees and tuition already paid will not be refunded. Reservation of a language course can only be guaranteed if a student has paid the course fees 14 days before the start-date of the course. In the case that a course becomes fully booked, students who have not paid their registration and course fees may be required to start their course at a later date. Termination of the contract after the start-date of the course is not possible.
  4. In the case that a participant travelling from outside Germany requires a visa for the duration of the course, the participant should register for the course at least 2–3 months before the start-date to allow for visa processing times.  A registration confirmation (needed to obtain a visa) can be issued to the participant as soon as he/she has paid the registration fee and the course fee for the first 3 months according to the valid price list. This fee should be paid via bank transfer to the institution. Such transfers shall be made free of charge for the recipient. Should the participant be refused the visa, the student may cancel the contract if we are informed in writing of rejection of the German embassy at least 14 days before the start-date of the course. In this case, the institute will refund the deposit to the participant, minus a processing fee of € 80, -. Any bank charges in repayment shall be borne by the participant.
  5. A course month consists of 4 weeks of lessons, each lesson lasts 45 minutes.
  6. The minimum number of participants of a group course is 6 students. If a class does not have the minimum number of participants required, our institution may reduce the number of course hours per week or cancel the course all together. If a language course is cancelled by Speakeasy, the participant may request to reserve a later course, or to receive a refund of the tuition paid minus the registration fee.
  7. On public holidays during the course term, classes will be canceled without replacement. If the participant attends lessons irregularly or not at all, this is at the expense of the participant. There is no entitlement to catch-up appointments, participation in a later course or reimbursement of the course fee.
  8. All classes are taught by educationally meaningful and successful methods. Participants are not entitled to a special teacher or a particular teaching method.
  9. The participant is liable for any damage caused both within the premises of our institute and while on extracurricular trips. Our institute is not liable for any damage or injury to the participant, especially when on trips or during extracurricular activities.
  10. If any provision of this agreement becomes invalid, the validity of the remaining provisions shall not be affected. In this case, both parties are required to find a new and valid provision that resembles the invalid provision as closely as possible.
  11. Jurisdiction is Cologne.