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Online Learning

Learn German online - Interactive, Anytime, Anywhere!

In our 16-week online group courses you can learn German anywhere you like, with lessons customized to your schedule. However, you will not be learning alone but in a small group of enthusiastic learners of German, under continuous guidance of your experienced teacher. You can complete a whole level (A1-B1) within the duration of the course by completing set tasks on your learning platform. The teacher will then give you feedback about your progress and/or send you personalised learning strategies. During the course´s virtual live sessions (6 per course), you can practice your speaking, apply the structures you have learnt and ask any questions you might have.


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  • Course duration is 16 weeks
  • Flexible scheduling of the tasks plus 6 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.


No previous knowledge is required for level A1. Those interested in taking the course at proficiency level A2 or B1 will need to complete a placement test.

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Attention: A MAC or Windows PC is required for this course.
A minimum number of enrollments is needed in order to be able to run 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). 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 can 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 fourth 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. 

4.3 All current participants enrolled in our children’s courses are automatically re-enrolled for the following term, on the same day and time (unless otherwise advised), and billed accordingly. If the parent/ carer decides not to continue their enrolment, they can opt out by informing the Goethe-Institut in writing 14 days prior to the start of the next term.
5. Course level assignment / class size

5.1 Placement in course levels is based on the free 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).

10. Lockdown Regulations

The Goethe-Institut Australien is committed to the health and safety of our students, as well as to finding solutions to continue uninterrupted German classes. Therefore, should we find ourselves unable to continue offering face-to-face classes due to the public health crisis, all courses will be moved to virtual group sessions, with an equivalent amount of live interaction with the tutor. By registering for our current face-to-face courses, you agree that you have read this notification, and that you accept the digital alternative in the event that courses must be offered digitally.
Please note: no refunds will be given in the event of temporarily replacing face-to-face classes with a digital alternative.

For all questions that haven't been answered here, please contact learngerman-melbourne@goethe.de  / learngerman-sydney@goethe.de