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German Goethe Institut

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach.

We are an examination centre for Goethe-Institut qualifications awarded and recognised worldwide. These qualifications are in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for languages. We run language courses that can help you prepare for these examinations.

Note that the A1 Start Deutsch 1 qualification is compulsory for proving the language ability related to spouse immigration (Ehegattennachzug).

Examinations cancelled for the academic year 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all examinations for the academic year 20/21 are cancelled, in line with ongoing Government and University policy.

We expect to hold these exams again in 2022.

For any queries please email

Exam fees

Exam fees vary depending on whether you are an internal or external candidate. Internal candidates are students currently enrolled on a German course in the School.

LevelInternal candidate feesExternal candidate feesPreparation Courses
A1 Goethe-Zertifikat Start Deutsch 1£75£100Beginner/Improvers Stages A-B
A2 Goethe-Zertifikat£80£110Improvers/Intermediate Stage B-C
B1 Goethe-Zertifikat£115£145Advanced Stages D-E
B2 Goethe-Zertifikat£140£175Advanced Stages F-G
C1 Goethe-Zertifikat£160£195Advanced Stages F-G

Practice papers

Past exam papers are available from the Goethe-Institut.

Goethe-Institut certificate

Goethe-Institut examinations are well known throughout the world and the associated certificates are accepted as a qualification by employers and further education institutions in many countries. The Goethe-Institut’s German language examinations correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and range from A1 for beginners to C2 for language skills at advanced level.


To register for the exam please complete and return the registration form. Upon successful registration you will receive a confirmation of enrolment. Closer to the examination date you will receive a statement of entry confirming the exam date and time.


Language qualifications