Contact and enrollment
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Contact and enrollment

Interested in one of our language courses or need further information? Feel free to drop in to our language course office for some personal advice.

Monday–Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm 
Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
Register for our language courses online at any time! If you are an absolute beginner, please register for one of our general language courses A1.1 online. Returning students should also register online. If you have previous knowledge of German and are not sure which course is right for you, please contact us and we will send you our password-protected online placement test by email:
We are happy to help you find the appropriate course.
We ask that students with previous experience with German take a placement test in order to help us more accurately assess the appropriate class level. The test takes about 60 minutes to complete. It is free and can be taken at home on a private computer. Once you have submitted the placement test, we will schedule a verbal assessment with one of our instructors.

Please contact us at to request the online link and password for the placement test.
1. General Conditions

1.1 Students in adult courses must be at least 17 years old. Younger students (12-16) may be admitted to adult courses after prior consultation.

1.2 Students in courses for young learners must be no younger than 12 and no older than 17.

1.3 The minimum age to book a course through our website is 18. Students under the age of 18 must be enrolled by a parent or legal guardian. Parent/ legal guardian needs to sign a waiver.

2. Terms of Payment

2.1 Fees are payable in full on enrollment. We accept checks, money order, credit and debit cards. Unless otherwise stated, books must be purchased separately.

2.2 No space in a course will be reserved or guaranteed until payment has been received in full.

3. Course Fees

3.1 The fee stated on the course description page at the time of application is the contractually binding fee.

3.2 A maximum of one discount may be applied per course. For certain discounts, proof of eligibility is required. All discounts are valid for 10% off the regular price of a course unless other stated. The following discounts are generally available:

Early Bird (up to 3 weeks before the beginning of the semester)

One-Day Immersion Course Participants (only valid for the semester immediately following the course)

Senior Citizens (65 and older), Full-time Students, Military Veterans, Registered Unemployed - No deadline

4. Cancellation, Refunds, and Rebookings

4.1 In case of cancellations, the following fees apply to all group courses:
a) Up to 4 weeks before beginning of course 10% of course fee.
b) Up to 1 week before beginning of course 20% of course fee.
c) Up to 1 day before beginning of course 30% of course fee.
d) On the day the course begins 100% of course fee.

Students should consider their personal commitments and circumstances before enrollment, as we regret that no fees are refundable once the course has started. Terms and conditions for cancellations of bookings made on our website may vary. Please review the information sent to you after your booking carefully.

4.2 We reserve the right to cancel classes up to 24 hours before a course is due to start. In this case a full refund of the course fee paid will be given. No other costs except the course fee will be refunded.

4.3 Transfers to another course can be considered up to the end of the second week of classes (for standard, blended, and special courses) or the second class (for intensive and superintensive courses) and after consultation with your teacher and the language course office. The new course must be in the same semester as the course originally booked. Requests to rebook into a different semester will be treated as a cancellation (see 4.1).

4.4 Exam bookings are valid only for the date chosen. In case of cancellations, the following fees apply to all exams:
a) Up to 4 weeks before beginning of exam 10% of exam fee.
b) Up to 1 week before beginning of exam 20% of exam fee.
c) Up to 1 day before beginning of exam 30% of exam fee.
d) On the day the exam takes place 100% of exam fee.

4.5 Cancellations must be made in writing (email will suffice, send to:
4.6 Cancellation of individual and minor group lessons Notices must be sent in writing within 24 hours. Otherwise, payment must be made for the agreed lessons.

4.7 No course book refunds will be given. Course books can be exchanged in the event that the student wishes to change his or her course level after term beginning. Only books in new condition can be exchanged.

5. Courses

5.1. Placement in a particular course level is based on the results of the preliminary placement test and the information provided in the participant's application.

5.2. All courses will have a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 16 participants unless otherwise stated in the course program. Classes with fewer than 8 participants will be held with tiered units per session starting from 4 enrollees:
4-5 enrollees: 36 units
6-7 enrollees: 38 units
8 and more enrollees: 40 units

5.3 For the purposes of quality assurance and professional development for our faculty, your class may periodically be audited by members of our staff. Your class may have a teacher on training for guided teaching experience as well as a guest instructor for part of a session or for an entire session. In some instances, these visits may be recorded for our internal use. All guest instruction is coordinated with our certified teacher trainers.

5.4 Lessons booked for individual instruction or Deutsch Online Live must take place within 2 months after an instructor has been found and the student has been notified. All lessons not used after this time will be forfeited, and no refunds or rebookings will be offered.

6. Responsibilities of the Student

6.1 The student is required to obey all course regulations and all house rules for the duration of his or her course at Goethe-Institut.

7. Liabilities of the Goethe-lnstitut

7.1 The liability for damage and legal responsibility of the Goethe-Institut and its employees is limited to intent and negligence. Neither the Goethe-Institut nor its employees are liable for the cancellation of its services due to acts of God, industrial action, reasons due to the negligence of parties other than the Goethe-Institut or otherwise unacceptable reasons.

7.2 In the event that a class has to be cancelled due to inclement weather or instructor illness, we will make every effort to inform you by email in a timely fashion. If, under this policy, classes are cancelled, they will be made up prior to the end of the current session at a time/date determined by the language department.

8. Conflict Resolution / Suggestions

8.1 Our language department can advise you about the Goethe-Institut's language courses and examinations in the USA and in Germany. Please do not hesitate to contact us:
We are here to help.
Please use the following email link to address suggestions, complaints, comments, etc. to the language department:

The Goethe-Institut San Francisco constantly strives to improve its business processes and customer service and your comments are greatly appreciated. If you would prefer to submit your comments in writing, please use the address below:
Goethe-Institut San Francisco
Attn.: Julia Koch
530 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
We offer courses
  • from January to March 2020 (9 weeks) 
  • from April to June 2020 (9 weeks)
  • in June and July 2020 (3 weeks)
  • from August to October 2020 (9 weeks)
  • from October to December 2020 (9 weeks)
Course dates 2020
Winter term 2020

January 13–March 14, 2020
(9 weeks, 4 teaching units per week)
  • No class: President's Day, Monday, February 17, 2020
Spring term 2020 April 1–May 21, 2020
(9 weeks, 4 teaching units per week)
  • No class: Memorial Day weekend: Saturday, May 23, and Monday, May 25, 2020, Memorial Day
Summer term 2020 June 8–June 25, 2020
(3 weeks, 12 teaching units per week) 

July 6–July 23, 2020
(3 weeks, 12 teaching units per week) 
Fall term 2020 August 3–October 10, 2020
(9 weeks, 4 teaching units per week)
  • No class: Saturday, September 5, and Monday, September 7, 2020, Labor Day
Winter term 2020 October 12, 2020–December 19, 2020
(9 weeks, 4 teaching units per week)
  • No class: Monday, November 23–Saturday, November 28, 2020, Thanksgiving Holiday
Unless otherwise noted, course materials are not included in the course fee and can be ordered from IBIS: