Frequently asked questions

If you have additional questions concerning the Goethe certificates A1 through C2, please arrange an informational, free-of-charge personal consultation at one of our testing locations (Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centers or Goethe Examinations partners).

German courses/examinations:

If you’ve never studied German before, you will start at level A1.1. You can book your course directly online or via the language course office.

If you’ve studied German before but are unsure about your level, then please take our assessment test. You can complete the written part conveniently online. Our tutors will give you a phone call for the oral assessment. Book your assessment test

All participants who have attended at least 70% of the classes and completed 70% of the online exercises for the blended learning courses will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

We also encourage our students of German to obtain our Goethe certificates as they provide internationally recognised evidence of your language skills. Goethe-Institut customers receive a special price.

Yes, examinations are taking place. The the next exam dates are listed here: Exam dates

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If the risk of infection rises again we will transfer  the classroom-based courses/parts as far as possible to a digital format. This affects mainly our blended learning courses.

The following also applies:

In the event of serious, extraordinary circumstances or events or a change to already existing such circumstances or events which lie outside of the control of the Goethe-Institut (e.g. civil unrest, war or terrorist attacks, natural disasters, epidemics, etc.), we reserve the right to offer you changes to our services (e.g. with regard to time or location). In such circumstances, we will offer a new service within a defined period and ask you to inform us whether you wish to accept the modified service or to withdraw from the contract. If you withdraw from the contract, we will refund you any payments already made (where applicable on a pro-rata basis depending on the status of service fulfilment).

Yes, students from the previous semester as well as students (under 26 years of age) receive a discount for our group courses. We publish the conditions at the beginning of each new semester.

Yes, for our language courses with the format Yes, for our language courses with the format "German course with online component" (Blended Learning). These language courses consist of 56 teaching units of 45 minutes each, which corresponds to 42 time hours. The educational leave is only for workers employed by companies in Brussels, not by companies based in Wallonia or Flanders. Please contact our language course office for more information:


Concept and quality

Learning is an individual process. How much time you need to attain a certain level depends on various and individual factors: your commitment, your time input, and your taking advantage of additional practice resources.

Should you already have studied one or more languages, you may learn German faster. It makes a big difference if you participate in a language course in your home country or in Germany, where you will be exposed to the German language outside the classroom.

We estimate it will take the following amount of instruction to complete each language level according to the European reference framework:
Language level  Number of hours Equal to x 45-minute teaching units 
A1  around 60-150 hours 80-200 teaching units
A2  around 150-260 hours 200-350 teaching units
B1  around 260-490 hours 350-650 teaching units
B2 around 450-600 hours 600-800 teaching units
C1 around 600-750 hours  800-1000 teaching units
C2 around  750+ hours 1000+ teaching units

The Goethe-Institut is the official cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. This means that we focus only on German language and culture. We teach German 100% in German and in doing so offer a completely immersive experience. Our instructors teach with modern and innovative methods that are effective for language learning. These methods create classes that are entertaining, interactive, communicative and fun. Our classrooms are equipped with modern technology - smartboards instead of blackboards. At the Goethe-Institut Brussels, we offer you a flexible learning experience: we offer not only classic face-to-face instruction, but also online learning or a combination of both (German course with online component/Blended Learning). We offer the format that is right for you - no matter how busy your lifestyle is.

Our German courses are provided at six levels based on the European reference framework: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
Each level is divided into several sub-levels, depending on the course intensity or the number of units per course section:
  • A1.1 & A1.2
  • A2.1 & A2.2
  • B1.1 & B1.2 & B1.3
  • B2.1 & B2.2 & B2.3
  • C1.1 & C1.2 & C1.3
  • C2+ 
For super-intensive courses, A levels are divided into 2 sub-levels and B levels into 3 sub-levels, as these courses are designed for 60 teaching units (instead of 40) per level.

You start at sub-level x.1 and work your way up by completing each course.

If you don’t have any prior knowledge of German, you start at A1.1.


Please read our current terms and conditions of business to find out more about withdrawing, cancelling or rebooking.

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Yes. Please contact the language course office in this regard.

In this case, the course booking must be made through our language course office. Please contact:

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