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, Library and Activities

Learn and Practice

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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 for a 15 minutes slot in advance via an email to germancourses-newyork@goethe.de

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Placement Test

Not sure which course is right for you? Keine Sorge! A placement test comes free with every booking o if you do so within the next 12 months. Not ready to take a course just yet, but want to know where you’re at? You can also take the placement test for $25 without booking a course. 

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