Contact and enrollment

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Contact and enrollment

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.


Mondays - Thursdays: 10am - 6:30pm
Fridays: 10am - 3pm
And by appointment

If you are an absolute beginner, please register for one of our general language courses A1.1 online. Returning students should also register online. If you have previous knowledge of German and are not sure which course is right for you, please contact us and we will send you our password-protected online placement test by email: 
germancourses@washington.goethe.org

Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be ordered from IBIS:
www.ibiservice.com/category-s/90.htm

1. General Conditions

Adult course participants must be at least 18 years of age. 13-17 year-olds may register for our German Courses for Teenagers.

2. Terms of Payment

2.1 To register, please use the secure Pay Now button on the course description page. You will be redirected to our PayPal merchant site where you may pay for the course either by using your PayPal account or with most major credit cards if you are not a PayPal member. Registration is not complete until we have received payment for the course.

2.2 Effective immediately, the Goethe-Institut’s preferred method of payment is PayPal. In order to guarantee your space in the class, payment is due one week prior to the first class meeting. Payment by cash, check or money order is also acceptable. Students who have not paid their invoice by the first day of class cannot be guaranteed a place in the class.

2.3 The Goethe-Institut (in the following: GI) reserves the right to claim full payment in such cases.

3. Course Fees

3.1 The fee stated on the course description page at the time of registration is the contractually binding fee.

3.2 Significant discounts (10%) for early-bird registrations, veterans, seniors, students, etc., may be offered. Only one discount per registration may be applied.

4. Cancellation and Refunds

4.1 Should the participant wish to cancel his or her enrollment in a ten-week course, the following conditions apply: if the cancellation is made prior to the first day of the class, the student will receive a refund of the course fee minus a $50 administration fee. If the cancellation is made up to 7 (seven) days after the start of the course, the participant will receive a refund of the course fee minus a $100 cancellation fee. After the 7th (seventh) day, no refund is possible and no credit will be given, regardless if the course is attended or not.

4.2 Should the participant wish to cancel his or her enrollment in an intensive or superintensive three- or five-week course, the following conditions apply: if the cancellation is made prior to the first day of the class, the student will receive a refund of the course fee minus a $50 administration fee. After the class has begun, no refund is possible and no credit will be given, regardless if the course is attended or not.

4.3 Cancellations must be made in writing (email to germancourses@washington.goethe.org will suffice).

5. Course Level Assignment/Class size

5.1 Placement in a particular course level is based on the results of the preliminary placement test and the information provided in the participant's application.

5.2 All courses will have a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 16 participants unless otherwise stated in the course program.

6. Responsibilities of the Student

The student is required to obey all course regulations and all house rules for the duration of his or her course at GI.

7. Liabilities of the Goethe-lnstitut

7.1 The liability for damage and legal responsibility of GI and its employees is limited to intent and negligence. Neither the GI nor its employees are liable for the cancellation of its services due to acts of God, industrial action, reasons due to the negligence of parties other than the GI or otherwise unacceptable reasons.

7.2 In case of inclement weather we will announce on our homepage if courses will be cancelled: www.goethe.de/washington. If the weather is questionable, please check our homepage before heading out in order to avoid coming to the institute when it is closed. If classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, they will be made up prior to the end of the current session at a time/date determined by the language department.

8. Conflict Resolution / Suggestions

Our Language Department can advise you about the Goethe Institut's language courses and examinations in Washington, DC and in Germany. Please do not hesitate to contact us: we are here to help. Please use one of the email links listed on this page to address suggestions, complaints, comments, etc. to the language department. The Goethe-Institut Washington constantly strives to improve its business processes and customer service and your comments are greatly appreciated. Contact the Language Department. If you would prefer to submit your comments in writing, please use the address below:

Goethe-Institut Washington
Attn.: German Courses and Exams
1990 K St NW Suite 03
Washington DC 20006

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