Contact and enrollment
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Contact and enrollment

Interested in one of our language courses or need further information? Feel free to stop by our language course office for some personal advice.

The Goethe-Institut Chicago is closed to the public until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Please contact the Language Course office Monday through Friday from 9AM - 5:30PM CST at (773) 242-5092 or   germancourses-chicago@goethe.de  
Register for our language courses online at any time! 

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 make sure to start by booking our online placement test.  The test consists of 70 questions, and must be completed in one session.  The cost of the test ($ 25) will be deducted from any course you book within 6 months.  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 have any questions, please contact our Language Department. We are happy to help!
Students, seniors (65 and over), and veterans are eligible for a $ 45 discount.  In this case, please contact our Language Department Office.  Only one discount can be applied per course.

Discounts are not available for Online Courses, 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.

2. Payment
Payment of course fee is due at the time of registration. Payment can be made online, by check, or by credit card (Visa or Mastercard).

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).