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Learning German in GermanyAbout 100 million people speak German as their mother tongue, almost all of them are at home in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. To learn German effectively, a German-speaking environment is a great advantage.
Everyday life and leisure time become part of the learning experience: Getting breakfast at the bakery, a trip to the swimming pool or a visit to a concert will leave you no choice but to practice your German skills every day.
German courses at the Goethe-Institut
That makes our German courses unique...
Assessment of your German language levelOnce you have found your favorite place and accommodation for a German course, we will find out together which level of German you should study. You can take our assessment test for free online or on site. Once you have chosen between an intensiv, evening, morning-or weekend course, we will test your language level.
Levels A1 and A2 are for beginners, B1 and B2 build on this and are designed to enable you to use the language independently, C1 and C2 are the final levels, which will give you the autonomous language competence. These levels correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. After completing each level, you can take an examination. All Goethe-Institut examinations are internationally recognized as proof of your German language skill.
As mentioned above, the best way to learn any language is to communicate with the locals in everyday life. For this purpose, we offer an extensive cultural and leisure program. You can try out and improve your German language skills on city tours, at cooking events, in art exhibitions, in open-air cinema, in museums or during festival visits, by doing sports or simply by going out to a restaurant together with other classmates. Learning German means you can have a lot of fun at the same time.
German courses for adults and young people
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I used to find learning German really difficult and I tried lots of different things. But on the language course at the Goethe-Institut, I suddenly started making rapid progress. Lessons were simply highly effective and tailored to the students.
Ann, 33 course participant from the US
Combining the pleasant with the usefulWhether you have professional or private reasons for wanting to learn German, it is certainly much more pleasant to take your German course at one of our Goethe-Instituts in Germany. This way you can acquire knowledge of the language and get to know the country at the same time. When it comes to where exactly you can learn, you are able choose between 14 locations.
Are you more of the urban type? Take a German course in lively Berlin, the capital of Germany, or in beautiful Vienna on the Danube, the capital of Austria. Hamburg in the very north of Germany or Munich on the edge of the Alps are also big cities where you can take a German course at a Goethe-Institut. Are you interested in arts and culture? You can find it almost everywhere in Germany, but rarely as concentrated as in the baroque city of Dresden or the creative metropolis of Düsseldorf.
If you prefer a cozier size of a city for your German course, the university cities of Freiburg, Heidelberg, Göttingen or Bonn are just the right choice for you. You could also learn German in our smallest course location Schwäbisch Hall, where you will definitely feel like home. You can also find accommodation together with the German course at the Goethe-Institut, whether in a guesthouse, in a partner hotel or with a host family.