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
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We present a range of programming in the arts and humanities, including lectures, artist talks, film screenings, performances, installations, exhibitions, readings, public discussions, and conferences.
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The only collection of its kind in the US, our library offers German-language books and other media as well as English-language media on contemporary topics from Germany. Escape the noise of the city to read and study. All course participants receive one year of free membership.
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We present recent German films, ranging from small independent productions to box office hits. All screenings have English subtitles. Once a month on a Friday at 6:30pm.
Join us for an evening of fun and friendly competition as we play modern tabletop classics including Catan, Codenames and Dixit. Sprechen Sie Deutsch? We'll be sure to set aside a few tables for those who want to play in the original language. One Friday every month, 6:30 to 10:00pm.
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Kaffeeklatsch - Conversation in German (B1+)
Small talk, gossip or everyday topics - practice your German in an informal setting. Every Tuesday 5 - 6 pm. One of our instructors will be on hand to help you build your confidence for speaking. It is free for current students, just register by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone else is also welcome to participate in ten Kaffeeklatsch classes (USD 100)
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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 in advance via an email to email@example.com. Every Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00pm, by appointment.
Free Online Learning Resources
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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.
With our free eLibrary you can download and borrow a wide range of digital media such as eBooks, ePapers, eMusic, eAudios and eVideos.
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.
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 October, we host the annual 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 December, we hold a party for our students and visitors. Join us for snacks and drinks, make new friends, and have fun!