Information on your course: From registration to departure

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From choosing your course to your departure: all you need to know for a well-organized stay with us.

You can enroll for courses online and by e-mail, regular mail or fax. For all forms and details, click here:

Online course bookings

Preliminary confirmation

Within three days of enrolling you will receive:
  • confirmation of your reservation with the payment deadline
  • our bank details
  • a description of the course location
  • your personal participant number
Enrollment deadlines

There are no enrollment deadlines for courses. You can book right up to a short time before the start of a course. Spaces in courses and accommodation are assigned based on availability.

Our advice: Are you planning to enroll in one of our very well attended courses in the summer months? Or do you need a visa to enter Germany? Then it is advisable to enroll 12 weeks prior to the start of your course (see Entry Regulations for Germany).

Please be certain to indicate with each payment the name of the participant and the participant number to ensure that we can credit your payment properly. The full course fee must be paid before the beginning of the course.

Payment options

Bank transfer

Bank data for Germany
Commerzbank München
BLZ: 700 800 00
Account no.: 316 006 300

International bank data
Commerzbank München
BLZ: 700 800 00
Account no.: 316 006 300
IBAN: DE79 7008 0000 0316 0063 00

When transferring funds from EU countries to Germany, please use IBAN and BIC. This saves fees and speeds up the transfer.

Address of the bank
Commerzbank, Promenadeplatz 7
D-80273 Munich
Tel.: +49 89 21 39 0
Fax: +49 89 21 39 22 96

A foreign money transfer takes approx. 8–10 working days. We cannot confirm receipt of your payment until the amount is credited to our account.

In urgent cases: Please send us a copy of the transfer slip by fax or e-mail to ensure that your place on the course is not canceled.

Credit card

We will send you the necessary details for a credit card payment along with your preliminary confirmation.

Final confirmation

As soon as your payment is credited to our account you will receive a final confirmation by e-mail. This confirmation is to be presented when applying for a visa, and serves as the "invitation". No "invitations" are issued by the Goethe-Institut.

Entry requirements for Germany
  • If your country is subject to visa requirements, please enroll no later than three months before the start of the course.
  • Please enquire with the authorities to find out how long the processing of your visa will take.
  • Please note: a Schengen visa, which is valid for a maximum of 90 days, cannot be renewed in Germany.
  • For a longer stay you will need a visa for Germany.
For information and forms related to entry regulations, visit:

Health insurance

Please check to ensure that your health insurance is valid in Germany.

EU residents can obtain a European insurance card from their insurer. You can also take out a health insurance policy for travelers through the Goethe-Institut:

You can take out a policy online immediately after enrolling. The cost is €1.40/day at present.


Please note our terms and conditions:
Terms and conditions


For food, leisure-time activities, etc. you will need approx. €20 per day. These items are not included in the course fee.

The first day: arrival and check-in

What happens on the first day depends on the type of course. On your arrival date, the Goethe-Institut staff will be expecting you at the institute.

If you are taking an Intensive 2, Intensive 4 or Intensive 8 course, or a TestDaF/DSH preparation course:
  • After your arrival, please go directly to the Goethe-Institut to check in.
  • The institute staff will welcome you and give you all the information you need for your course and stay in Germany.
  • If you have not already received the information on your accommodation, you will receive the address and directions, and can immediately move into your room.
  • We will access your German skills with a written and oral placement test. This ensures that you are placed in the appropriate course right from the start.
  • Your course will begin the next day.
Important reminder: As a rule there are no lessons on arrival and departure dates and on statutory holidays.

If you book a course with a Sunday arrival date, please go directly to your accommodation. The staff will carry out the check-in process at the institute the next day, including the placement test. This will then be your first course day.

Arrival before the start of your course

If you have to travel earlier, please contact the staff of the Goethe-Institut at your course location well in advance.


The last day indicated in our course dates is the departure date. No lessons take place on that day.

Later departure

If you have to depart at a later date, please contact the staff of the Goethe-Institut at your course location well in advance.

Addresses of the Goethe-Instituts in Germany

For detailed information on current entry regulations and any visa requirements that may apply, please contact the German Foreign Office:
Visas for entering Germany (Foreign Office)

Please contact the German embassy, consulate or similar representative of the Federal Republic of Germany in your home country at least 12 weeks before travelling to obtain information on any necessary visas for entering or staying in Germany:
Addresses of German government offices abroad

Please note that it is not possible to extend a residence permit in Germany if you enter Germany as a tourist (without a visa) or with a Schengen visa. If you are planning an extended stay, you must apply for a visa for Germany. (Simplified visa regulations apply only to a limited number of countries, e.g. the USA, Japan, South Korea.)
If you wish to study in Germany after completing your language course, please indicate this intention in your visa application.

For a visa application you will need (among other things):
  • the final confirmation from the Goethe-Institut that you have paid for your course in full (this confirmation is equivalent to the "Invitation" required by the embassy)
  • confirmation that you have taken out health insurance and accident insurance valid in Germany.

Does your health insurer provide you with adequate coverage for your stay in Germany? (For example: blue insurance card issued for EU states.)
If your health insurance is not valid in Germany, then we urgently advise you to take out health coverage for the duration of your course at the Goethe-Institut.

On the basis of good experience we recommend the company that has been the insurance partner of the Goethe-Institut for many years: Klemmer International Versicherungsmakler GmbH.
The best course of action is to take out insurance online immediately after booking your course:

You will receive the insurance papers (including an insurance confirmation for your visa application) by e-­mail.

The insurance package for €1.40 per day will provide you with insurance coverage beginning with your entry into Germany for the entire duration of your stay at the Goethe-Institut, and is tailored to the legal requirements in Germany. It does not cover any costs for the treatment of pre-existing ailments or follow-up treatment.