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Online Group Courses© Goethe-Institut

Online Learning

Learn German online - Interactive, Anytime, Anywhere!

With the Goethe-Institut’s 5-week online group course you can learn German anywhere flexibly, with lessons customized to your schedule. However, you will not be learning alone but in a small group of between 5 and 18 participants. The course will introduce you to the German language through various exercises presented within everyday situations.

Dates and Prices

  • Course duration is 5 weeks which amounts to around 6 hours per week
  • Flexible scheduling of the tasks plus 5 pre-scheduled virtual group sessions (90 minutes each)
  • Combination of automatically corrected exercises and submitted assignments (for example audios or texts), which will receive detailed feedback by the tutor
  • Participants will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of at least 70% of all exercises in the program (as well as having participated in at least 75% of the virtual live sessions).

Upcoming Courses

The course is offered at levels A1, A2 and B1 with 3 to 4 sublevels. You will achieve maximum learning progress within the shortest possible time due to:
  1. Support by two tutors for the entire duration of the course. They answer your questions, give you regular feedback and individual learning tips.
  2. A range of different cooperative assignments on the Goethe-Institute learning platform completed in collaboration with other course participants. Direct feedback for your written assignments will be provided by your tutor immediately.
  3. In weekly meetings with your tutor and your study group, allowing you to practice speaking and oral expression and engage in dialogue.
  4. Use of an interactive study program comprising professional exercise materials and state-of-the-art methods to practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening to German.
  5. The duration is 5 weeks per sublevel and offers an opportunity for intensive learning.
You can book the course at the following levels:
A1, A2 and B1.

On completion of the language course you will be issued a certificate by the Goethe-Institut to confirm participation.
No previous knowledge is required for level A1. Those interested in taking the course at proficiency level A2 will be given an individual placement test by us.

For further information please contact

Attention: A MAC or Windows PC is required for this course.
A minimum number of enrollments are needed in order to be able to open the course.
TERMINAL EQUIPMENT PC, Tablet (Android And Windows), iPad
Limited: Smartphones
Operating System Windows (also Windows 10), MacOS or Linux
Browser every prevalent browser in their current version (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge, Safari, Opera etc.)
Other Loudspeaker/headphone and microphone
Internet Internet connection with at least 540 Kbit/s

Terms and Conditions  - Language Courses

1. General Requirements

1.1 Participants in general and special language courses must be at least 18 years of age. Different conditions apply for children’s and teen courses.

1.2 New students, other than those enrolled for A1.1, will be asked to complete our placement test. This will enable us to place you in the appropriate course for your level and we will advise you of this by telephone or email.

2. Terms of Payment

2.1   Enrolments are accepted by online registration, email, in person or over the phone - on a first come, first serve basis. Course fees must be paid in full before commencement of the course. An enrolment confirmation will be emailed to you after payment has been received. A receipt will also be provided.

2.2   If full payment is not received by the due date, the participant loses their right to participate. In such cases, the Goethe-Institut (hereafter referred to as “GI”) retains its entitlement to the course fee.

2.3   We accept payment by bank transfer, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Debit Card), PayPal (only for Sydney) and cash. The course fees include 10% GST.

3. Course fees

3.1 The contractually binding fee is the fee stated in the price list current at the time of application.

3.2 To receive the Early-Bird discount, students must enrol in and pay for a course before the Early-Bird discount deadline (as stated on the course finder). To receive the Early-Bird discount after office hours, students must complete the online application or send through an enrolment form before 12 am that day.

3.3 At the start of the term, every student will receive a stamp on their Goethe Liebling Loyalty card. At the completion of three consecutive terms, course participants will be eligible for a 25% discount on their forth course. It is the students' responsibility to get their Goethe-Liebling Loyalty card stamped at the front desk. Please mention that you would like to receive the discount from your Goethe-Liebling Loyalty card at the time of enrolment. You will not be entitled to retrospectively reclaim a discount.

3.4 Discounts cannot be combined (Loyalty Card, Student, Senior, Early Bird, Siblings). 

4. Cancellation and refunds

4.1 The following conditions apply if the course participant is unable to take part in the course:
Applications for withdrawals from a course must be received in writing up to 5 business days before the start of the course. The GI will withhold $50 of the course fee. No cancellation will be allowed after course commencement. It is not possible to confer a course or a part of a course to a third party or the next term. No refunds are possible for students who miss one or more classes. 

4.2 If enrolments are insufficient on the starting date, we reserve the right to cancel or postpone the course. In this case we will offer the participants the opportunity to move to another course or to receive a full refund of the course fee. We regret that we can only conduct courses that have the minimum number of participants by the end of the enrolment period. To avoid cancellations of courses, we advise students to register before the Early-Bird deadline. 
5. Course level assignment / class size

5.1 Placement in course levels is based on the placement test conducted by the GI.

5.2 Our courses have at least 7 and at most 18 participants. If enrolments are insufficient on the starting date, we shorten the teaching times.
The 10-week courses with 40 TU (teaching units, 1 TU = 45 minutes) will be reduced as follows:
  • 6 course participants: course is reduced by 4 TU
  • 5 course participants: course is reduced by 8 TU. 
The special courses with 30 TU will be reduced as follows:
  • 6 course participants: course is reduced by 3 TU
  • 5 course participants: course is reduced by 6 TU.
The Superintensive Courses will be reduced as follows:
  • 6 course participants: course is reduced by 3,5 TU
  • 5 course participants: course is reduced by 7 TU.
The VCE / HSC High School Courses will be reduced as follows:
  • 6 course participants: course is reduced by 2 TU
  • 5 course participants: course is reduced by 4 TU. 
The Intensive Courses will be reduced as follows:
  • 6 course participants: course is reduced by 4 TU
  • 5 course participants: course is reduced by 8 TU. 

Classes with less than 5 course participants will only run after discussion with prospective students. The smaller class sizes provide more personal attention and therefore students will progress through the course material at a faster rate. The course fee remains the same for smaller classes. 

6. Course Transfers

Transfers into another level will only be considered in the first week of course commencement, after discussion with the course-coordinator.

7. Public Holidays

No classes are held on public holidays in Victoria or New South Wales. Replacement sessions will be added on at the end of the course. 

8. Responsibilities of participants

Participants are obliged to comply with the course rules and house rules applicable to the GI.

9. Liability of the Goethe-Institut

The liability of GI and its staff is limited to intent and gross negligence. The GI also accepts no liability for the cancellation of its services due to force majeure (e.g. natural disasters, fire, floods, war, official orders and all other circumstances beyond the control of the contractual parties).
For all questions that haven't been answered here, please contact learngerman-melbourne@goethe.de  / learngerman-sydney@goethe.de