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**Dates and Timings of Courses and Examinations are subject to change!
A valid photo-ID with date of birth (e.g. passport, driving license, voter ID card, school or college ID card etc) along with a photocopy as well as a current stamp sized coloured photo need to be produced at the time of enrolment. In case one has previously attended a German language course or taken an examination of the Goethe-Institut, he/she must produce the latest participation or examination certificate of the same.
Enrolment commences once the course dates are finalised and is on a first-come-first-served basis.
Seats are limited to a maximum capacity of 25 participants per course.
If you already have some knowledge of German or if you have not attended a course for over a year, you must undergo a language test which will help us place you in a suitable course level. Please contact our Language office about the date of the test.
Payment of fees
Via online or by ‘CTS 2010’ Demand Draft drawn in favor of ‘Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata’
Please bring a valid photo-ID of yourself with details of date of birth/age (eg. passport, driving license, voter ID card, school or college ID card etc) and a current coloured photo (stamp size) at the time of enrolment. You can download the application form (PDF-Format) and bring the filled-in form in person at the time of enrolment. You could also fill up the form directly at our Language Office when you come for enrolment.
Please read the section on Terms and Conditions.
Our Language Office will be glad to assist you anytime.
If you already have some knowledge of German or if you have not attended a course for over 6 months, you must undergo a language test which will help us place you in a suitable course level. Please contact our Language office about the date of the test.
Via online or by ‘CTS 2010’ Demand Draft drawn in favor of ‘Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata’
26.01.2020 Republic Day
10.04.2020 Good Friday
14.04.2019 Bengali New Year
01.05.2020 May day
15.08.2020 Independence Day
02.10.2020 Gandhi Jayanti
03.10.2020 German Re-Unification Day
26.10.2020 Durga Puja
14.11.2020 Kali Puja / Diwali
**The date will depend on public announcement.
24.10.2020 - 31.10.2020 (both days inclusive)
26.12.2020 - 01.01.2021 (both days inclusive)
Information subject to change
Every year Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata offers a language course scholarship to the best course participant in the advanced levels (B2 - C2) to attend a German language course at a Goethe-Institut in Germany. Enrolled course participants above 18 years of age who have successfully completed the level B2 (i.e. B2.2) with excellent class performance throughout can apply for the merit scholarship. The selection procedure involves a written application as well as a personal interview.
Terms and Conditions
1. General Requirements
1.1. All courses are designed for adult learners. Participant must be at least 17 years of age and a proof of age should be furnished at the time of registration. (Except for courses meant for young learners)
1.2. Documents required
A valid photo-ID with date of birth (e.g. passport, driving license, voter ID card, school or college ID card etc) along with a photocopy as well as a current stamp sized coloured photo need to be produced at the time of enrolment. In case one has previously attended a German language course or taken an examination of the Goethe-Institut, he/she must produce the latest participation or examination certificate of the same. (Not more than 6 months)
2. Terms of Payment
2.1. Via online or by ‘CTS 2010’ Demand Draft (payable to "Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata"). Misspelt/overwritten/hand corrected Demand Drafts will not be accepted.
2.2. If full payment is not received by the due date, the participant loses the right to participate. In such cases, the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan retains its entitlement to the course fee.
3. Course fee
3.1. The contractually binding fee is the fee stated in the price list at the time of application.
3.2 Unless stated otherwise the books must be purchased separately.
4. Cancellation and refunds (Courses)
4.1 In case of cancellation prior to the start of the course, the course fee shall be refunded after deducting an administrative charge equivalent to 10% of the course fee. No refunds shall be made after the commencement of the course.
4.2 Request to withdraw from the course must be submitted in writing at least 5 working days before the commencement of the course.
4.3 Should the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan cancel a course, the full course fee shall be reimbursed.
5. Examination fee
5.1 The contractually binding examination fee is the fee stated in the price list at the time of application. Only those who have paid their examination fee in full are eligible to take the examination.
5.2 Course participants can take the central examination of the corresponding level as an internal candidate upto 6 months after the end of the course. However this is valid only if the language office has been notified in writing prior to the examination date that he/she will not be taking the examination.
6. Cancellation and refunds (Examinations)
6.1 The fees are based on the local fee regulations that are currently in effect. Only those who have paid their exam fee in full upon registering may take the exam.
6.2 If an exam is not taken for reasons of illness, the exam fee will be credited only once for the next/following examination date, provided a medical certificate has been furnished prior to the commencement of the examination.
6.3 Should a participant be excluded from the exam (see Section 12 of the exam guidelines of the Goethe - Institut), the exam fee will not be refunded.
7. "Goethe-Zertifikat B1
7.1 Candidates writing the "Goethe-Zertifikat B1" examination for the first time, will have to write the examination for all the four modules. Please note that one will have to clear the modules which one has not been able to in the first attempt in the subsequent two examinations offered by the Goethe-Institut.
7.2 Only those who have cleared all the four modules will be eligible to apply for the B 2.1 level.
8. Course Level Determination
Candidates with prior knowledge of German, who wish to apply directly for a level higher than A1, are required to take a Level test conducted by the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Registration at the level indicated by the level test is possible only if seats are available at that particular level. Level test conducted at the beginning or during a semester/trimester shall be valid only for the current or the ongoing semester/trimester. Former students are eligible to take the level test only after a gap of 6 months from the date of last registration. The test time slot needs to be booked one week before the start of course upon payment of Rs.500.
9. Course participation certificate
9.1. Participants with minimum attendance of 75% are entitled to a Course Participation certificate.
9.2 Examinations are not mandatory. However participants have to pass the international exanimation of the current levels to qualify for the next level. The passing Percentage for all the examinations is 60%.
10. Course level assignment/ class size
10.1. Our courses have minimum 18 and at most 25 participants for the levels A1 to B2 and minimum 15 and at most 20 participants for the levels C1 to C2. If enrolments are insufficient on the starting date, The Goethe – Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course. In this case we will offer the participants the opportunity to move to another course or to receive a full refund of the course fee.
10.2 Request for change of batch / time slot / semester will be considered before the first day of class and is subject to availability of a seat in the chosen course. Once the course starts the choice of course and chosen time slot are binding and the enrolment cannot be cancelled and the fees cannot be refunded.
10.3 Participants are responsible for making up for any missed classes. No extra classes can be conducted. Participants cannot make up for missed classes by attending another parallel batch / course.
10.4 It is mandatory after the registration to get the student identity card and the library card made within two weeks from the commencement of the course which also entitles you to free membership of the library for the course period you have registered for.
11. Obligation of the course participants
The participants are obliged to comply with the house rules applicable to the Goethe-Institut German courses and exams Kolkata.
12. Handling Complaints
In case of a complaint regarding the courses and examinations at the Goethe-Institut Kolkata one should turn to the head of the language department. The examination regulations will settle further complaints regarding exams.
13. Liability of the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
The liability of the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan and its staff shall be limited to intent and gross negligence. The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan will have no liability for cancellation of its services due to force majeure (e.g. unrest, act of war or terrorism, natural calamities, epidemics, pandemics and all other circumstances beyond the control of the contractual parties).
Should such cases of extraordinary circumstances or events occur or should there be a change in the existing circumstances or events, caused by factors that are beyond the sphere of influence of the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, the Institute shall reserve the right to make changes in the ongoing course structure (e.g. in terms of time, methodology or format). Should the circumstances not allow the above-mentioned changes, in that case the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan shall cancel the course without any alternative offer and financial compensation.