What is Deutsch Online?

Would you like to take a German course, but a class with set dates doesn’t fit into your schedule? Do you live too far away from a Goethe-Institut? Are impersonal language-learning DVDs just not for you? The online courses from the Goethe-Institut not only give you the flexibility to choose when and where you learn, but also offer personal support and proven quality.

You can determine both the start date and a pace of learning that fits your personal schedule. A qualified instructor will support you for the entire duration of the course, answering your questions, correcting your assignments, and giving you regular feedback and individual learning tips. The quality of our online courses is regularly verified by the German State Central Office for Distance Learning (Staatliche Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht – ZFU).

Our Deutsch Online team in Munich is happy to answer your questions and will gladly help you select the right course for you. Our contact partners can be found under CONTACT.

Interested in taking a course?

  • Step 1: Take a placement test
    Start by taking our free, no-obligation online placement test. You will receive an email in response assessing your language level and recommending the right online course to meet your needs.
  • Step 2: Register
    Register for your German distance learning course online in our webshop or by post/fax. You can choose from several methods of payment. Further information can be found under REGISTRATION .
  • Step 3: Receive your learning materials
    As soon as we have received the course fee, we will send you your course materials. Depending on the particular course, you will receive books and practice exercises by post and/or you will work with a Goethe-Institut online learning program. The access data for online courses will be sent to you in an email.
  • Step 4: Personal support
    Your instructor will provide you with personal support for the entire duration of the online course. He or she will answer your questions, correct your submitted assignments, and give you individual learning tips. The Deutsch Online team is available to deal with any organizational questions you may have.
  • Step 5: Learn and practice
    Our modern multimedia exercise materials allow you to be flexible and independent in your learning. The range of assignments varies depending on the type of course. Some assignments will involve checking your answers yourself on the computer with feedback from the learning program. Others you can submit online and receive corrections and detailed comments from your instructor. Speaking is practiced in online live sessions. Our film “Learn German in Your Own Time” (“Flexibel Deutsch lernen”) will give you a good idea of how an online course works.
  • Step 6: Certificate of participation
    On completion of the online course you will receive the valuable certificate of attendance, as recognized by Goethe-Instituts all over the world.

Our instructors

Online courses from the Goethe-Institut offer first-class personal support from a qualified instructor. All online instructors are professionally trained teachers of German. They have many years of experience teaching in Germany and abroad, are experts in e-learning and receive regular professional development training from the Goethe-Institut.


Your professional course materials have been developed by experts to be educationally and technically cutting edge, offering up-to-date content and the ideal platform to make progress in German.

All of the materials you need for your German course are included in the price of the course. Depending on the course, you either receive printed materials by post or digital download, or you access and practice the exercises via our learning platform. Every online course includes a course companion with helpful information on the schedule and progression of your course.

Levels A1-C2

The levels of our online courses are graded in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): from A1 for beginners to C2 for the highest level of proficiency. This ensures that your course is internationally recognized.

  Elementary use of language  
Can understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very simple sentences, which relate to the satisfying of concrete needs. Can introduce him/herself and others as well as ask others about themselves – e.g. where they live, who they know and what they own – and can respond to questions of this nature. Can communicate in a simple manner if the person they are speaking to speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to help.
Can understand sentences and commonly used expressions associated with topics directly related to his/her direct circumstances (e.g. personal information or information about his/her family, shopping, work, immediate surroundings). Can make him/herself understood in simple, routine situations dealing with a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and common topics. Can describe his/her background and education, immediate surroundings and other things associated with immediate needs in a simple way.
  Independent language use  
Can understand the main points when clear, standard language is used and the focus is on familiar topics associated with work, school, leisure time, etc. Can deal with most situations typically encountered when travelling in the language region. Can express him/herself simply and coherently regarding familiar topics and areas of personal interest. Can report on experiences and events, describe dreams, hopes and goals as well as make short statements to justify or explain his/her own views and plans.
Can understand the main contents of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics; also understands specialized discussions in his/her own primary area of specialization. Can communicate so spontaneously and fluently that a normal conversation with native speakers is easily possible without a great deal of effort on either side. Can express him/herself on a wide range of topics in a clear and detailed manner, explain his/her position on a current issue and indicate the benefits and drawbacks of various options.
  Autonomous language ability  
Can understand a wide range of challenging, longer texts and also grasp implicit meanings. Can express him/herself spontaneously and fluently without having to search for words frequently and noticeably. Can use the language effectively and flexibly in his/her social and professional life or in training and studies. Can make clear, structured and detailed statements on complex topics and apply various means of text association appropriately in the process.
Can effortlessly understand practically everything which he/she reads or hears. Can summarize information from various written and spoken sources, logically recounting the reasons and explanations. Can express him/herself spontaneously with high fluency and precision and also make finer nuances of meaning clear in more complex topics.

Quality standards

As the world’s leading provider of German courses with over 60 years of experience, the Goethe-Institut is a setter of standards in teaching methods and the development of learning materials.

As Germany’s publicly funded and recognised cultural institute, the Goethe-Institut is at the forefront of implementing the Federal Republic’s cultural and education policy worldwide. As such, we have the highest quality standards for all of our German courses and professional development workshops for instructors.

Those standards are guaranteed by the German State Central Office for Distance Learning (Staatliche Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht – ZFU), which regularly reviews and certifies our whole range of online courses (www.zfu.de). All of our online courses are ZFU-certified.


We look forward to receiving your registration – either online, by post or by fax. Please feel free to contact the German Online team should you have any organizational concerns or questions about selecting a course.

Register online
Register for the desired online course in our webshop and pay conveniently by credit card.

Register by postal mail or fax
The registration form can be downloaded here and is available in German, English, Spanish, and French. Please complete the form and send it to us by postal mail or fax.

Download Symbol Registration and terms and conditions in German (PDF, 280 KB)
Download Symbol Registration and terms and conditions in English (PDF, 250 KB)
Download Symbol Registration and terms and conditions in Spanish (PDF, 280 KB)
Download Symbol Registration and terms and conditions in French (PDF, 260 KB)

by postal mail
Goethe-Institut e. V.
Bereich Sprachkurse und Fortbildungen
Dachauer Strasse 122
80637 Munich
Fax +49 89 15921-643


There are various ways you can pay for your online course.

Payment by credit card
If you register for your course online in our webshop, it is simple and convenient to pay by credit card (MasterCard or Visa). Unfortunately, paying in instalments is not possible with this option.

Payment by check
You can send us a cheque for the course fee either with your registration or after you have received the registration confirmation. Please post the cheque to the following address:

Goethe-Institut e. V.
Bereich Sprachkurse und Fortbildungen
Dachauer Strasse 122
80637 Munich

Payment by bank transfer
On receipt of the registration confirmation, please transfer the course fee to our account (details below). Please make sure to reference your course participant number (Kursteilnehmernummer) when making the transfer.

Commerzbank München
Account number: 3237461
Sort code (BLZ): 700 800 00
Swift Code (BIC): DRESDEFF700
IBAN: DE48 70080000 0323746100

Payment in installments
We offer participants in Europe the option to pay in instalments for courses lasting longer than three months. The German Online team would be happy to provide you with further information.