Term 1: 16.01.23 - 26.03.23
Term 2: 24.04.23 - 02.07.23
Summer term: 10.07.23 - 17.09.23
Term 3: 25.09.23 - 03.12.23
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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.
As a rough guideline, we estimate it will take the following amount of instruction to complete each language level:
A1 : approx. 60-150 hours (80-200 TU*)
A2 : approx. 150-260 hours (200-350 TU*)
B1 : approx. 260-490 hours (350-650 TU*)
B2 : approx. 450-600 hours (600-800 TU*)
C1 : approx. 600-750 hours (800-1000 TU*)
C2 : approx. 750+ hours (1000+ TU*)
* TU = Teaching Unit; a teaching unit consists of 45 minutes of instruction.
Learn more about the CEFR Language Levels A1-C2
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 London, 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 (Blended Learning). We offer the format that is right for you - no matter how busy your lifestyle is.
If you have never studied German before, start at level A1.1. You can book a class online or get in touch with the language office.
If you have previous knowledge of German but are unsure which level is right for you, we welcome you to take our placement test. Take the written part of the placement test online. For a brief oral assessment, one of our teachers will give you a call.
Book your placement test
Our German program is offered on 6 main levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
Each level is divided into sub-levels:
- A1.1, A1.2 & A1.3
- A2.1, A2.2 & A2.3
- B1.1, B1.2, B1.3 & B1.4
- B2.1, B2.2, B2.3 & B2.4
- C1.1, C1.2, C1.3 & C1.4
You start with sublevel x.1 and progress to the next higher sublevel after completing a course.
If you have no prior knowledge of German, you will start at A1.1.
To ensure quality and consistency, courses may only be attended by students who are officially enrolled in that course. If you are already enrolled in a course, you may switch into a different course being held in the same semester up until the end of the third session of the course (subject to availability and administration fee).
In addition to on-site classes in South Kensington, the Goethe-Institut London now offers all of our course formats online:
and Online Individual Courses
Please visit the site for the Goethe-Institut Germany
for more information.