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Covid-19 Updates
Welcome back!

From 1 September we welcome you back at the Goethe-Institut Glasgow – visit our library at revised opening times or book an on-site language exam again.

Face-to-face meetings with any of our staff can now be arranged by phoning us. Our language courses in autumn will continue online.

Drawing: face coverings© Getty Images

Update as of 26.08.2020

German Courses: #meetonline

A full programme of German language courses will be offered online. In the meantime, we offer a programme of online summer workshops and "Stammtisch" meetings for learners of German.

Check our dates and prices and book the course that suits you best!

If you have any questions, please contact us:

German Exams

Language exams will resume on-site in early September. All participants will be contacted individually.

Please address queries to:


We are delighted to re-open the library of the Goethe-Institut Glasgow on 2 September! The Library will be open to visitors with revised hours which will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

Until our re-opening and beyond you can continue to use our free eLibrary "Onleihe".

If you have any questions, please contact us:


We have postponed many of our planned events to a later stage and have shifted several events into the digital space. Follow our newsletters to stay informed or be inspired by our calendar for digital cultural events, where we selected online events and offers from the German-speaking world of culture and the arts for you!

We will publish further details in September, here on our website and on our social media channels.

How we keep you safe

Following the guidelines of the Scottish government we have carried out a risk assessment and developed a range of infection control measures.

We do everything we can to ensure that your stay at the Goethe-Institut Glasgow takes place under safe conditions, but we also ask you to behave responsibly and considerately towards other guests and our employees. Please do not come to the Goethe-Institut if you or a member of your household may be ill. Should you develop Covid-19 symptoms after a visit to the Institute please inform us.

Access controls

Access Controls

On entering the building you register at reception where you should also log out when leaving the premises. Your contact information is kept for 21 days to help trace contacts for the NHS´ Test and Protect measure.

Mouth-nose protection

Face Coverings

We wear a face covering when we move around the house and ask you to put on a mask over your nose and mouth too when you come to us. In this way we can all help to protect each other.

Wash your hands  

Wash Your Hands

On entering the building and before touching media or appliances we kindly ask you to desinfect your hands with the gel provided throughout the building. Hand washing facilities can be found in the respective toilets on the ground, first and second floors.

Smaller courses and minimum distance

Smaller Courses and Minimum Distance

We have reduced the number of participants per course. We control the number of visitors in the building and have moved furniture in public areas to ensure that the minimum distance can be maintained.

Cleaning and ventilation of the classrooms

Cleaning and Ventilation

We ensure that our frequently touched surfaces, buttons and handles are cleaned and disinfected several times a day and we regularly air all rooms.

Digital advice and contactless payments

Online Advice and Contactless Payment

We will continue to advise you personally - currently only online or by phone. You can book all our courses and exams via the web shop, as well as make contactless payments over the phone or via bank transfer.

#MeetOnline - Learn, read, stay informed

Online Learning

Continue to learn German - online! We are switching from on-site courses to online courses and have additionally extended our online offers. Discover and book your German course!

Cover - Onleihe: The Digital Library Illustration: Maria Tran Larsen © Goethe-Institut

"Onleihe" - The free eLibrary!

Choose from more than 23,000 German-language eBooks, audio books, movies, magazines, newspapers and also material to learn German!

Illustration of a man and a woman infront of a computer Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

For German Langueage Learners
Couchpotato – Learn German at home

Train your language skills on your own couch: Learn German at home with our various digital tips, interactive exercises and games.

The title Kulturama.digital is shown against a blue-white-orange background including the following objects: glasses, an eye and a mouth. Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

International Livestreams

Kulturama brings international culture into your living room: house concerts live from Buenos Aires, puppet theatre from the kitchen or live acts from the Berlin club scene. Organisers enter their events and open them to international audiences. Spectators can find dates and support artists with donations.

Digital Cultural Events: Two figures with typewriter, piano keyboard, books and music notes © Goethe-Institut / Illustration: Katta Rasche

Calendar for digital Cultural Events

Empty cinemas, closed theatres and galleries, cancelled concerts and poetry slams – the coronavirus is massively impacting cultural life. So more and more artists and organisers are putting their cultural offerings online. Every week we present the latest online events and offers from the German-speaking world of culture and the arts. 

Drawn picture; 2 people sit next to each other, inbetween them plays a radio Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Stories Told by Famous Authors
Time to Listen

The current situation has forced many people around the world to stay at home and follow the news. The project Time to Listen presents a collection of stories - told by storytellers from all genres of art, from all over the world: T. C. Boyle, Herta Müller, Ken Follett and many more are welcoming you!