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German courses for beginners

German courses for beginners © Goethe-Institut/Sonja Tobias

Learning German as a beginner

Still feel the German language is a closed book to you? Our beginners’ German courses will help you to open it up in next to no time!

We offer intensive German courses and evening, morning or weekend courses for beginners at A1 or A2 level. After a placement test, which you can complete online or on-site, we will find the right level for you. You can then choose between an intensive course or an evening, morning or weekend course at your level. Would you prefer to learn from the comfort of your own home? Then our online courses are the optimal solution.

The price of the course includes the placement test, all the teaching materials and a certificate of attendance. In addition, you will have free access to our Deutsch für Dich interactive learning platform and our state-of-the-art media libraries – meaning that you will not need to pay for extras, as other language course providers require.

You can get to know your fellow participants and your new home better on our intensive courses, which include a free and wide-ranging cultural and leisure programme

You are also welcome to book accommodation for your beginners’ German course at one of our guesthouses, partner hotels or with a private host. 

Plus, you have the option of completing a certified examination (Goethe-Zertifikat). Our teachers will be happy to tell you more about this.

Course structures

The table below shows how many courses or lessons generally need to be completed to attain a certain level (A1, A2) by passing the examination (Goethe-Zertifikat).

level Courses per level Examination (optional)
1 Intensive course (80 lessons) or
1 Evening course (72 lessons)
Goethe-Zertifikat A1
   A2 2 Intensive courses (80 lessons each) or
2 Evening courses (72 lessons each)
Goethe-Zertifikat A2
A lesson is 45 min.

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