I passed a standard German course, my sister was in a group for advanced students (she is a little older, she thinks with her parents to enroll in German University in Munich). In Smapse we were advised by the OISE Heidelberg school. In general OISE , as it turned out, a very large network of camps - they exist in virtually every more or less large city, sometimes tied to large schools. It was OISE Heidelberg chosen for convenient dates of the trip and the availability of vacant seats - the choice was very pleased, nichutochki did not regret that they did not go, for example, to Berlin.
I really liked the way teachers treat foreign students. The feeling that they have known for a long time what difficulties you will encounter J Almost all questions and hiccups they practically warned, they devoted a lot of time to pronunciation (probably already knew that for Russians, German is difficult in phonetics) , Constantly talking to us only in German - in fact, so you quickly stop shy of your level and slowly begin to speak. My sister was even more interested: they watched movies and read books on the original, arranged various speeches and discussions, prepared small projects, studied interesting idioms and popular German expressions. I think if you want to live, study and work in Germany, you need a course for advanced: it's that "living" language, not from textbooks, but on which you can communicate with real people on the streetsJ
And of course, the magic atmosphere of Christmas! We took a lot of walks, gorged on branded gingerbread, skated - it was great!