Why the Goethe-Institut?

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More than a language school

As the official cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Goethe-Institut is a hub of German language and culture in New York. Learn more about everything the Goethe-Institut has to offer below.

Events and Activities

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Cultural Events

We present a range of programming in the arts and humanities, including lectures, artist talks, film screenings, performances, installations, exhibitions, readings, public discussions, and conferences.

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Book Club

In our German Book Club we discuss contemporary German novels. The groups are open to anyone who loves to read and discuss books in German. At least an intermediate level of German (B1/B2) is recommended. Once a month on a Tuesday at 6:00pm.

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Game Night

Come join us for an evening of fun and friendly competition as we play modern tabletop classics including Catan, Codenames and Dixit. Sprechen Sie Deutsch? We'll be sure to set aside a few tables for those who want to play in the original language. Second Friday of every month, 6:30 to 10:00pm.

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Movie Night

We present recent German films, ranging from small independent productions to box office hits. All screenings have English subtitles. Once a month on a Friday, 6:30 or 7:00pm.

Learn and Practice

Conversation Club

Do you love talking in German and want more time to chat outside of class? Join our new and free conversation session. One of our teachers will be there to help and guide you through everyday conversations with other students. Participants not currently enrolled in one of our course may also join for $10 per session. Reservations required - please send an email to germancourses-newyork@goethe.de to join.

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Consultation Hour

If you miss a class, or need help with your homework, we are there to help. Our students can meet with one of our instructors for free support. Our German consultation hour is on demand, so please register in advance via an email to germancourses-newyork@goethe.de. Every Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00pm, by appointment.

Free Online Learning Resources

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Deutsch für dich

On our site, you can practice your German outside the classroom for free. Deutsch für dich offers resources for independent learning for levels A1-C1 and a worldwide community of fellow learners.

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Step into German

Learn German at home or on the road with this collection of authentic materials, including films and music, with learning activities included.


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Placement Test

Not sure which course is right for you? Keine Sorgen! A placement test comes free with every booking. You can change your class up until the end of the second week of the semester if needed. Not ready to take a course just yet, but want to know where you’re at? You can also take the placement test for $20 without booking a course.

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Internationally-recognized Exams

With our language certificate, the Goethe-Zertifikat, you will have official proof of your German abilities that is recognized by employers and schools in Germany and worldwide. The certificate is earned through a series of exams for everyone from beginners to native speakers, A1-C2.


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Our Library

The only collection of its kind in the US, our library offers German-language books and other media as well as English-language media on contemporary topics from Germany. Escape the noise of the city to read and study. All course participants receive one year of free membership.

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Ludlow 38

Located on the Lower East Side, Ludlow 38 is the Goethe-Institut New York’s contemporary art space. Every year, we invite a new curator from Germany to introduce new international perspectives to the downtown arts community. Open Thursday to Sunday, 1:00-6:00pm.


And Much More!

We are one part of the worldwide network of the Goethe-Institut, consisting of a total of 157 institutes in 98 different countries. If you move to another city or country, or want to take a course in Germany, you will easily be able to transfer between our various locations.

As a cultural institute focused on German and Germany, our students and visitors come here for similar reasons. Through our courses and our many events, you will have many opportunities to make new friends with similar interests.

Every October, we host the annual Career Booster Germany, where visitors can learn about work, study, and internship opportunities in Germany and for German speakers in the United States. With a career fair, workshops, and panels, visitors learn from and network with representatives from Germany-affiliated organizations right here in New York.

When you are one of our students, you become part of our community and have many chances to win prizes. In our courses and during our events, we regularly hold contests for our students. Previous prizes have included, among other things, free language courses or a trip to Germany!

Every December, we hold a party for our students and visitors. Join us for snacks and drinks, make new friends, and have fun!

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