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Why learn at the Goethe-Institut?

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

Our methods

  • Deutsch Lehrer und Lernende in einem Klassenzimmer © Goethe-Institut
    Immersion done right: With our courses, you will speak German from day one, allowing you to learn faster and more intuitively.
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    Comprehensive Support: Our teachers are ready to assist you in person, via e-mail, chat or in your online classroom.
  • Students speaking Photo: Getty Images
    Speaking, speaking, speaking: Practice new concepts in realistic and relevant situations. Through interaction, you will create unique texts, blogs or podcasts.
  • Authentic Content Foto: Sonja Tobias
    Authentic Content: In each course, you will learn more about German-speaking countries and increase your intercultural awareness.

Events and Online Library

Cultural Events

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



With our free eLibrary you can download and borrow a wide range of digital media such as eBooks, ePapers, eMusic, eAudios and eVideos.

Free online learning resources

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Deutsch für dich

Deutsch für dich offers resources for independent learning for levels A1-C1 and a worldwide community of fellow learners. Learn with authentic videos, audios, texts and grammar tasks.

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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.

Tests and Exams

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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.

And much more!

We are one part of the worldwide network of the Goethe-Institut, consisting of a total of 159 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.
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 June and December, we hold a party for our students and visitors. Join us for snacks and drinks, make new friends, and have fun!