Monday through Friday:
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday:
Office hours for language course questions for our students during the semester (when classes are held)
Wednesday, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Please call (312) 263-0472 or send an email to
to make an appointment.
||09/16 - 12/12/2019
11/27-12/01/2019, Thanksgiving weekend
||01/13 - 04/02/2020
||04/13 - 07/02/2020
05/22 - 05/25/2020, Memorial Day weekend
|Intensive Summer A
||07/08 - 07/30/2020
|Intensive Summer B
||08/03 - 08/26/2020
||09/14 - 12/10/2020
11/25 -11/28/2020, Thanksgiving weekend
Registration for Winter Courses 2020:
Register for our language courses online
at any time!
For your convenience, our offices will be open from 7:30 am – 7:00 pm on January 8 and 9, 2020 if you would like to stop by outside of our regular office hours. If you have questions about our classes, or if you need a placement test, feel free to stop by.
Returning students can sign up online or fill out a registration form in class in order to sign up for the next course level.
If you are new to the Goethe-Institut and have no previous knowledge of German, you should register for A 1.1. New students with previous knowledge of German are asked to contact our Language Department
office in order to take a placement test. We are happy to help you find the appropriate course.
If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact our Language Course office
in order to request our online placement test. The test consists of 70 questions, and must be completed in one session. We will send you the link and an access code. Once you submit your responses, we receive the results and will contact you in order to conduct a short oral interview. This will help us determine which course is the most appropriate for you.
If you would like to take advantage of our „Early Bird“ discount in the amount of $ 45, please register by December 6, 2019 for Winter classes and use the code EBWINTER20. Students, seniors (65 and over), and veterans are eligible for a $ 45 discount even after December 6. In this case, please contact our Language Course office
. Only one discount can be applied per course.
Discounts are not available for German Immersion Days or Intercultural Courses.
Terms and conditions for cancellations of bookings made on our website may be different from the following. Please review the information sent to you after your booking carefully.
The following also applies:
- Upon withdrawal from a class before the term has begun, the course fee will be refunded minus a $ 50 administration fee.
- Upon withdrawal within the first two class sessions, the course fee, minus the pro-rated cost of the class/es attended, will be refunded. The $ 50 administration fee must also be paid.
- No refunds or credits are available beyond the two class limit.
1. General Requirements
Unless otherwise stated, course participants must be at least 18 years of age. Exceptions may be made for 17 year olds with the parents' permission.
Payment of course fee is due at the time of registration. Payment can be made by check, credit card (Visa or Mastercard), and/or online.
3. Cancellation Policy
Terms and conditions for cancellations of bookings made on our website may vary. Please review the information sent to you after your booking carefully.
Upon withdrawal from a class before the term has begun, the course fee will be refunded minus a $ 50 administration fee. Upon withdrawal within the first two class sessions, the course fee, minus the pro-rated cost of the class/es attended, will be refunded. The $ 50 administration fee must also be paid. No refunds or credits are available beyond the two class limit (for online courses, no refunds or credits will be given after two weeks).
4. Class Size
Unless otherwise indicated, a course will have a maximum of 16 participants. When a minimum of 8 participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the course. Alternatively, we may hold a class with 5-7 registered students, but shorten the class by one session. Should a proposed course not be offered due to insufficient registration, we will offer the participant the option to switch to another course or to receive a full refund.
5. Responsibilities of Participants
Participants are obliged to comply with the course and house rules of the Goethe-Institut Chicago, as explained by the teacher at the beginning of each course.
6. Course Progression
In order to progress to the next course level, a student must attend class on a regular basis. If a student misses more than three class sessions, he/she will not be allowed to register for the next higher course level.
If a student misses more than three class sessions, he/she is not entitled to a certificate of course completion.
At the end of each level (A1.3, A2.3, B1.4, B2+, and C1+), proficiency tests are administered during the second half of the semester. In order to move up to the next course level, a student must achieve at least 70% on the test.
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).