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.

Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. 
Saturday and Sunday: closed
Registration for August Summer 2016 Courses:
anytime during office hours, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am - 5 pm.

Registration for Fall 2016 Courses:
Wednesday, September 7, from 7:30 am - 3:00 pm and
Thursday, September 8, from 11:30 am - 7 pm.

Registration for language courses for new students is held at the Goethe-Institut (Classroom 1). Enrollment must be in person and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. After registration, we will continue to enroll students during regular office hours (walk-in basis) until all classes are filled. 

Returning students:
If you are already taking a class at the Goethe-Institut and wish to sign up for the next course, simply request a registration form from your teacher and drop it off or send it in (together with your payment) to the Language Department.
Interested new students with previous knowledge of German are asked to fill out our placement test and return it to us by email, fax, or postal mail a few days prior to registration, if possible. Together with a short oral interview at registration, it will help us determine which course is the most appropriate for you. Please contact us if you need to take a placement test.
Students registering for the first time for a class at the Goethe-Institut Chicago must submit a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $20. This registration fee must be submitted together with the course payment. Payment of course fee is due at the time of registration. Payment can be made in cash, by check or by credit card (Visa or Mastercard).
  • 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 will be refunded minus the pro-rated cost of the class/es attended as well as the $ 50 administration fee. 
  • No refunds are available beyond the two class limit.
1. General Requirements
Unless otherwise stated, course participants must be at least 18 years of age.

2. Payment
Students registering for the first time for a class at the Goethe-Institut Chicago must submit a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $20. This registration fee must be submitted together with the course payment.
Payment of course fee is due at the time of registration. Payment can be made in cash, by check or by credit card (Visa or Mastercard).

3. Cancellation Policy
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 will be refunded minus the pro-rated cost of the class/es attended as well as the $ 50 administration fee.  No refunds are available beyond the two class limit.

4. Class Size
Unless otherwise indicated, a course will have a maximum of 16 participants. When a minimum of 10 participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the course. 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. 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).