German Courses

©Goethe-Institut/Sonja Tobias
©Goethe-Institut/Sonja Tobias
At the Goethe-Institut Washington you will learn German with the help of qualified German instructors. In our courses you will see steady improvement in your language proficiency while increasing your communicative and intercultural competence.

The general language courses are designed for beginners as well as advanced learners and are suitable for teens and adults. In our courses at levels A1 to C2 you will learn the German language while finding out more about everyday topics of current affairs.

Starting in 2016, all general language courses at the Goethe-Institut Washington consist of 40 teaching units.
Our courses are offered in 2 different formats: face-to-face only or Blended Learning (i.e. a combination of classroom plus tutored online learning). Both formats are identical in  curriculum scope, content and course fee. Detailed information about course fees and discounts.

Choose between 3 different learning speeds: 40 teaching units in 10 weeks (standard), 5 weeks (intensive), or 3 weeks (super intensive, offered in July and December).

There are 3 new course types: Blended Learning, condensed exam prep courses and German for Teenagers (ages 13-17). We are introducing new courses on Friday evenings at a considerably lower fee.

We continue to offer all Goethe-Institut examinations (A1 – C2), including TestDaF.

Absolute beginners with no previous knowledge of German should register for Elementary German A1.1. Learners with previous knowledge of German should contact us to determine which level is appropriate:

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