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Up To Date Information: Coronavirus

In light of the current situation, we are following the instructions of the local authorities and doing our part in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

The Goethe-Institut New York is temporarily closed to the public and our staff are working from home.


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german courses #onlinestattcorona

Continue learning German – online. We have shifted all our in-person offerings to online formats. Every participant will be personally informed. For questions, please contact:

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immersion days > free online trial classes

The immersion day scheduled for April 4, 2020 has been cancelled. It will be replaced with a series of free online trial classes for complete beginners and learned at the A1-B1 levels. Trial classes will be available on the following dates: April 11, 10:00am EST; April 12, 2:00pm EST. To reserve a place in any of these classes, please contact:

german examinations

The examinations currently scheduled for March and April are cancelled. As soon as the Goethe-Institut is able to offer in-person examinations, alternative dates will be made available. Everyone who has registered for an exam will be personally informed. For questions, please contact:

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teacher training

Teacher training at the Goethe-Institut will be shifted to online trainings until further notice. Every participant will be personally informed. For questions, please contact:

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Our events have unfortunately either been cancelled or postponed. Please inform yourself via our communication channels.


The library is also no longer open. Renewals of all materials currently out on loan will take place automatically. For questions, please contact:

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general information

Please inform yourself about current developments via our website or social media channels. For all other questions, please contact:

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Spring Blended Learning Courses (april 13-june 22)

For those of you looking for the most face-to-face time with other students and our teachers, this is the option for you. These courses consist of 50% live group meetings, and 50% flexible online learning, closely supported by your tutor. With our sophisticated virtual classroom platform, the online live meetings are just as interactive as meeting at the institute. The group meetings will take place online until in-person classes can resume safely, after which the classes will be once again held at the Goethe-Institut as usual. Use discount code SPRING2020 until April 13 to get a special 20% discount, good only for this term!

Online Group Courses (APRIL 13 | MAY 25)

These courses are fully online for the full duration of the term, and are more intensive than the blended courses. You will have some live online group meetings, but not as many as in the blended courses. 8-week and 16-week course options are available. You will be working more independently in this format compared to Blended Learning Courses.
Exams scheduled for March and April 2020 have been cancelled. Please email germancourses-newyork@goethe.de  immediately to discuss rebooking or refund options.

For TestDaF or TestAS bookings, please contact the TestDaF-Institut​ for rebooking and cancellation options.
Bookings for spring courses can be cancelled free of charge until the end of the second week of classes (first week for five-week intensive courses). After this period, cancellations are no longer possible. Please contact germancourses-newyork@goethe.de with any questions.

Bookings for the Goethe-Zertifikat exams on March 27 can be rebooked free of charge to any other exam date in 2020.

For TestDaF or TestAS bookings, please contact the TestDaF-Institut​ for rebooking and cancellation options.
All materials currently out on loan will be automatically renewed. As both our institute and our building are currently closed, please refrain from trying to return items in person or by mail. There will be no overdue fines. Reminder: our free eLibrary remains available to you 24/7. [What is an eLibrary?]
For all questions that haven't been answered here, please contact info-newyork@goethe.de.

Learn, read, inform yourself online

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Online learning

With a Goethe-Institut distance learning course, you can decide for yourself when and where you would like to learn.

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Deutsch für dich

In the “Deutsch für Dich” community you will find plenty of exercises to help you learn German free of charge, and you can share experiences with other members.

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Watch over 100 German films online

Over 100 German films – classic movies as well as current productions – are available for free on our eMedia platform, the eLibrary.

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Digitals Offers for Teenagers and Kids

Bored at home? Check out our fun, interesting, and free online offers which you can easily discover from the comfort of your own couch. Play, listen, read, test your knowledge — happy exploring!

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For German Language Learners
Couchpotato – Learn German at home

Train your language skills on your own couch: Learn German at home with our various digital tips, interactive exercieses and games.