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
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 2016

01.01.2016  New Year
26.01.2016  Republic Day
13.02.2016  Saraswati Puja
23.03.2016  Doljatra (Holi)
25.03.2016  Good Friday
14.04.2016  Bengali New Year
01.05.2016  May day
07.07.2016  Eid-Ul-Fitr
15.08.2016  Independence Day
02.10.2016  Gandhi Jayanti
03.10.2016  German Unification Day
10.10.2016  Durga Puja
12.10.2016  Muharram
30.10.2016  Kali Puja / Diwali (Language department)
31.10.2016  Kali Puja / Diwali (Other departments)
25.12.2016  Christmas

The Language Department will be closed on the following dates:

07.10. - 16.10.2016  Durga Puja
25.12.2016  - 01.01.2017  Christmas / New Year

Classes will be suspended on the following dates:

01.03. - 06.03.2015

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.
Minimum age
16 years.

Class Strength
Our course has a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 25 students. In case a course does not have the minimum number of students required, we have the right to cancel or postpone the course. In such cases we offer the students the opportunity to shift to another course or refund the course fee in full.

Mode of enrolment
On a first come - first served basis upon payment of course fees. Admission will continue till the beginning of the course, provided seats are still available.(Booking of seats via telephone or email confirmation is not permissible)

Mode of payment
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.

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.

Course Placement test
If one has prior knowledge of German language (e.g. one has attended a course at another institute or has not attended a course at our institute for over a year), one must undergo a language test which will decide the course level one is currently suitable for. The test time slot needs to be booked one week before the start of course upon payment of Rs.500.00.

Rebate on course fees
Participants who have successfully completed two course levels at Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata without a break can avail of a special discount on the course fee for each further course level.

Course material
The cost of course materials (course book, workbook, audio CD, glossary etc) is not included in the course fees. The course material has to be purchased separately and directly from bookseller. For the convenience of the participants, the bookseller is available at the institute on the first two days of the course.

Transfer/ Withdrawal/Refund
Transfer to another time-slot or to the next session can be allowed only if informed at least 3 days before the start of the course and upon availability of seat. No transfer of class is possible after the commencement of the course. Students withdrawing from a course up to 3 days before it begins will be refunded the course fee after deduction of an administration charge of Rs. 1500.00. The course fee is not refundable after that. Exceptions are allowed only on medical grounds and require adequate proof as well as special permission from the Head of the Language Department. If a course is cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances, the course fee will be refunded in full.

International certificate examinations
At the end of each course level, the participants have to take the corresponding certificate examination conducted by the Goethe-Institut internationally. These examinations are compulsory for course participants of all levels. One has to enrol separately for the examination. Detailed examination descriptions are given on our website.
  • All exams must be taken as a whole. Exception: Goethe-Zertifikat B1, and C2: GDS.
  • The candidates are obligated to provide proof of identity before the written and oral exam. (e.g. passport, driving license, voter ID card, school or college ID card etc).
  • The exam candidate retains the right to withdraw from the exam. In such cases and in the event of a candidate being excluded from an exam (cf. Exam Guidelines Art. 12), the examination fees are not refunded.
  • If the exam candidate does not participate in the written or oral exam or arrives at the examination room too late, he or she may no longer participate in the exam. The examination fees are not refunded. No result is published.
  • If a candidate does not appear for the exam due to ill health, the Exam Centre must be notified within two working days and a medical certificate must be produced. The examination fees are transferred to the next examination date or the one after that.
  • For exam participants with specific needs, it is possible to take the exam under certain conditions on request. Please contact the Exam Centre for more information before registering for an exam.
Course completion & advancement to the next level
Successful completion of a course requires a minimum of 70% attendance and 60% marks in the international examination and course assessment tests. Upon completion of a course level, participation certificates are issued. The participation certificates should be collected within a year after the completion of the course or else Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata will not be responsible for any damage or misplacement of the certificate. A valid examination certificate of the Goethe-Institut entitles the participant to join the next higher level.

Receipt of certificates
Certificates of out station candidates can be sent by post.  Candidates should ensure that he or she can be contacted at this address. The certificate will be sent by courier. The candidate will have to bear the courier charges.

Loss of Certificate
The issue of duplicates and written confirmations is subject to a fee. The archive of overall results is retained for 10 years and subsequently disposed of in accordance with the proper regulations.

Examination Results
Candidates can check their results online or call the institutes to know their results on the specified dates after 16.00 hrs.

Privacy Protection Policy
The personal data of exam participants is not passed on to third parties.

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.

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.

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).

N.B. All courses are subject to change at short notice.