Contact, Terms and Conditions

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Contact and Enrollment

Interested in one of our language courses or need further information? Use our contact form!

Language Office Business Hours
(through June 1, 2021)

The Goethe-Institut building remains closed to the public.

Language Office Staff are generally available by email during the following hours:

Monday: 10am-2pm
Tuesday: 10am-2pm
Wdenesday: 9am-5pm
Thursday: 10am-2pm
Friday: Closed

We are currently only available by phone or email.
Please make an appointment for phone or video conference advising.

Phone: +1 617 893-3453

Semester Schedule (general)
Winter 01/21-04/09/2020
Spring 04/11-06/29/2020
Summer 06/30-08/31/2020
Autumn 09/12-11/23/2020
See our current class schedule!

Opening hours and holidays

NOTE: Courses with low enrollment will be cancelled one week prior to the beginning of class sessions.

Please register and pay for courses online as soon as you know you'd like to join us. Courses with low enrollment will be cancelled one week prior to the beginning of classes starting. Make sure you secure your place in class, and help us to have an accurate course count, by registering early. Send us an email to join our mailing list and make sure you receive information about registration:

If you are a beginner, please register online for the A1.1 course of your choice. Returning students may register for the next higher course than they have completed, with the permission of their instructor. Students new to the Goethe-Institut Boston are required to take the online Placement Test. Send us an email, and we will happily send you the link for the test.

We ask that students with previous experience with German take a placement test in order to help us more accurately assess the appropriate class level. The test takes about 60 minutes to complete. It can be taken at home on a private computer. Once you have submitted the placement test, we will schedule a verbal assessment with one of our instructors.

Course materials are not included in the tuition fee. In-person Blended Learning Course Materials will be sold to students at the Goethe-Institut.

Blended Learning course participants should not purchase the books below.

Virtual classes do not use any books! Do not purchase books unless you are registered for a 100% in-person, face to face class.

Books for Standard In-Person Face to Face Classes:

Kursstufen: A1.1 - A1.3

Sicher!B2 © Klett Menschen A1
Textbook with DVD-ROM
Workbook with 2 Audio-CDs
ISBN# 9783191019013 + 9783191119010
Available from:
Sicher!C1 © Hueber IBIS

Kursstufen: A2.1 - A2.3

Menschen A1 © Hueber Menschen A2
Textbook with DVD-ROM
Workbook with 2 Audio-CDs
ISBN# 9783191019020 + 9783191119027
Available from:
Sicher!C1 © Hueber IBIS

Kursstufen: B1.1 - B1.3

Menschen A2 © Hueber Menschen B1
Textbook with DVD-ROM
Workbook with 2 Audio-CDs
ISBN# 9783191019037 + 9783191119034
Available from:
Sicher!C1 © Hueber IBIS

Kursstufen: B2.1 - B2.3

Menschen B1 © Hueber Sicher! (aktuell) B2 Kursbuch
ISBN# 978-3193012074
Sicher! B2 Arbeitsbuch
ISBN#  9783193112071
Available from:
Sicher!C1 © Hueber IBIS

Kursstufen: C1.1 - C1.3

Sicher! C1 Kursbuch
ISBN# 978-3-19-001208-4
Sicher! C1 Arbeitsbuch
ISBN# 978-3-19-011208-1
Available from:
Sicher!C1 © Hueber IBIS

We recommend the following bookseller:

IBIS- International Book Import Service
161 Main St.
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8188
+1 800 2774247

1. General requirements
Course participants must be at least 18 years of age. Young learners (14-17 years of age) are admitted to adult courses with the permision of a parent/guardian following consultation wtih the Language Office.

2. Payment
2.1 Fees are payable in full on enrollment. We accept cash, checks, credit and debit cards. Unless otherwise stated, books must be purchased separately.

2.2 No space in a course will be reserved or guaranteed until payment has been received in full.

3. Cancellation and Refund Policy
Weather-related cancellations will be announced on our Facebook page and sent via email to all affected course participants as soon as a decision has been made (no later than two hours prior to the start of class).

Should a student wish to cancel their enrollment in a course, the following conditions apply:
  • Cancellations must be submitted in writing via email to
    • Cancellations received up to two weeks before the first class meeting will be fully refunded.
    • Cancellations received between 14 days and the first class meeting will be refunded 50% of the tuition. An administrative fee in the amount of 50% of the tuition will not be refunded.
    • Once the first course meeting is in session (for example at 6pm for a class that meets from 6-9:30pm), no refund will be issued for course cancellations requested by the student.
The Goethe-Institut Boston will not provide vouchers or credit toward future class enrollments.
We reserve the right to cancel classes with fewer than 8 students; all affected students will be notified as soon as possible. In case of cancellation due to low enrollment, full tuition will be refunded.No refunds are available for private lessons.

4. Prices
The prices listed in the current Goethe-Institut Boston language course brochure and on our website at the time of registration are binding.

5. Classes/Class Size
Class allocation of any individual is determined on the basis of the level indicated by the placement test results, or the recommendation of a Goethe-Institut Boston Instructor.

Unless otherwise indicated, a course will have a maximum of 16 participants. We reserve the right to cancel course which do not meet minimum enrollment.

Students enrolled in cancelled courses will be offered the option to switch to another course at the same level or receive a full refund.

For the purposes of quality assurance and professional development for our faculty, your class may periodically be audited by members of our staff. Your class may have a teacher on training for guided teaching experience as well as a guest instructor for part of a session or for an entire session. In some instances, these visits may be recorded for our internal use. All guest instruction is coordinated with our certified teacher trainers.

6. Responsibilities of participants
Participants are obliged to comply with the course and house rules of the Goethe-Institut Boston.

7. Liability of the Goethe-Institut
The liability of GI and its staff is limited to intent and gross negligence. GI also accepts no liability for the 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).
7a. COVID-19 Contingency Plan
The Goethe-Institut is committed to the health and safety of our students, as well as their ability to continue their studies without interruption. In order to achieve this goal, if we are unable to continue to offer in-person interaction due to the public health crisis, all Face-to-Face and Blended Learning Courses will move into digital classroom spaces, with at least 90 minutes of live interaction; the remaining amount of weekly meeting time will be supplemented with asynchronous, interactive digital activities. By registering for a spring semester Face-to-Face and Blended Learning Course, you agree that you have read this notification, and accept the digital alternative in the event of a health emergency that forces those courses to be offered digitally. If you do not accept this condition, please do not register for a Face-to-Face and Blended Learning Course with us in the spring semester, as no refunds will be made in the event that courses must be offered with a live digital option, rather than in our brick and mortar locations.