Scholarships for Young Learners
New York

Jugenkurse Foto: Bernhard Ludewig

Partial and Full Tuition Waivers

Thanks to the financial support of private donors and corporate sponsors, the Goethe-Institut New York is able to offer partial and full tuition waivers for courses for full-time middle school and high school students who wish to learn German.

Course Availability

New courses generally begin in January, April, June, July, and September. Applicants for a tuition waiver are encouraged to select from our courses designed for young learners (ages 12-17). However, with the consent of a parent or guardian, young learners are also welcome to join an adult course if no young learners courses fit their schedule.

Spring Courses for Young Learners

The following courses are now open to scholarship applicants:

1. A1.1, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:45 PM, April 9 to June 13, 2019

2. A1.2, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:45 PM, April 9 to June 13, 2019

A1.1 is intended for complete beginners. A1.2 is open to students who have previously completed A1.1 or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency on a placement test.

How to Apply

All students interested in receiving a tuition waiver must submit a statement of purpose of approximately one to two paragraphs in length. In this statement, the student should address their motivation for learning German and their future study and/or career plans. If the applicant has any prior knowledge of German, they should explain their learning background in detail.

In some cases, we may decide to issue tuition waivers based on financial need. If this is the case, we may also request proof of household income after receiving an application.

Please contact us for more information regarding current scholarship opportunities.

Further Opportunities

Study Bridge Program

Interested applicants may also apply for the Goethe-Institut’s Study Bridge Program, qualifying American high school students to study in Germany through a combination of language courses and examinations, intercultural training, as well as counselling.


Do you need internationally recognized proof of your knowledge of German? We offer German exams for all levels in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL): from A1 for beginners to C2 for advanced learners.