Contact and Enrolment

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Contact and Enrolment

Interested in one of our language courses or need further information? Feel free to drop in to our language course office for some personal advice.

Monday - Thursday 10 am to 6 pm
Friday 10 am - 1:30 pm 
Saturday 12 noon - 4 pm

Sunday closed

The language office will remain closed from 08.05.2017 to 30.06.2017. You can however contact us from Monday to Friday between 10:00 - 14:00 hours on 9836022993 or write to us at german@kolkata.goethe.org
 
A1 Courses from July 2017

Registration: ongoing. Limited seats left
First come first served basis
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 period
Enrolment commences two months prior to the course and is on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Seats are limited to a maximum capacity of 25 participants per course.

Placement test
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
Fees are to be paid in full at the time of enrolment in cash or by demand draft or by a/c payee cheque.

Documents
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.
Participants who have successfully completed two subsequent course levels at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata can avail of a discount of INR 500/- on the course fee for each further course level.
In cash or by demand draft or a/c payee cheque (payable to “Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata”). Please note: for all bounced cheques INR 500.00 will be charged extra.
Holidays 2017

01.01.2017  New Year
26.01.2017  Republic Day
13.03.2017  Doljatra (Holi)
14.04.2017  Good Friday
15.04.2017  Bengali New Year
01.05.2017  May day
26.06.2017  Eid-Ul-Fitr
15.08.2017  Independence Day
29.09.2017  Durga Puja
01.10.2017  Muharram
02.10.2017  Gandhi Jayanti
03.10.2017  German Unification Day
19.10.2017  Kali Puja
25.12.2017  Christmas

The Language department will remain closed on the following days:

01.02.2017  Saraswati Puja
26.09. - 05.10.2017  Durga Puja
25.12.2017 - 01.01.2018 Christmas / New Year

28.02. - 05.03.2017: No classes will be held

If classes are cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances, they will be made up prior to the end of the current session.

*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. In cash or by demand draft or a/c payee cheque (payable to “Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata”). Please note: for all bounced cheques INR 500.00 will be charged extra. Misspelt/overwritten/hand corrected demand drafts /cheques 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 majeur (e.g. natural disasters, fire, floods, war, official orders and all other circumstances beyond the control of the contractual parties).