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Frequently Asked Questions

PLEASE NOTE, because of changes to our German language provision this section is in the process of being amended.

What is a Prüfungszentrum?

A Goethe-Institut Prüfungszentrum (GIPZ) operates under licence from the Goethe-Institut. It offers the officially recognised Goethe-Institut examinations.

Are you not the Goethe-Institut then?

As detailed above, we are a Goethe-Institut Prüfungszentrum (GIPZ), based at the Language Centre of the University of Manchester, so we run Goethe exams only. For any other activity or event please see: Goethe-Institut Great Britain.

Where are you based?

The GIPZ is located on the lower ground floor of the Samuel Alexander Building, no. 67 on the Campus Map, at the University of Manchester. Please make your way through the South Wing (opposite the Ellen Wilkinson building) and head for room LG8.2. Click here for our contact details, including our postal address.

How can I enrol?

Enrolment information can be found here.

Do I have to take an assessment test to join a course?

If you are not a beginner, i.e. if you already know some German, you are advised to take a short, written assessment test before joining a course. This is to try and make sure you get on the course best suited to you.

Courses have already started. Can I still enrol?

We prefer you to enrol before week one, but exceptions may be made very early on at the start of the course if places are still available. For information please contact Angela Aspden on +44 (0)161 275 3141 or email angela.aspden@manchester.ac.uk.

How are the courses organised?

Standard courses are organised by levels: Basic User: Beginners' and Pre-intermediate (A1 & A2), Independent User: Intermediate, Post-intermediate and Further (B1, B2.1 & B2.2) and Proficient User: Advanced and Proficient (C1 & C2). The majority of courses run for 23 weeks, in accordance with the University academic year, and classes are three hours a week. An exception to this is the Introductory German course which is run only in both semester 1 and 2, but for one semester only.  Please see the LEAP German web page.

Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?

You may receive a LEAP certificate provided you both complete and pass the course, i.e. obtain an overall final mark of 40%. This is separate from any Goethe-Institut exam certificate.

Do I have to take an exam at the end of the course?

Goethe-Institut examinations constitute part of your course assessment (at all levels apart from C2) and the cost of the examination is included in the course fee. Passing any of these examinations entitles you to an officially recognised Goethe-Institut certificate.

What qualifications can I obtain?

As a Goethe-Institut authorised examination centre we offer qualifications which are internationally recognised by employers and educational facilities. You can also transfer any of your GI qualifications to other Goethe-Instituts worldwide.

The qualifications we offer are:




Start Deutsch 1 A1
Start Deutsch 2 A2
Goethe-Zertifikat B1 (modular examination) B1
Goethe-Zertifikat B2 B2
Goethe-Zertifikat C1 C1
Goethe-Zertifikat C2:GDS (modular examination) C2

For more details on these examinations please go to the relevant pages of the Goethe-Institut website: Examinations

I would like to sit an exam without taking a course. Is that possible?

Yes, this will make you an "external candidate". For dates and other information on our next round of examinations please refer to our examinations page.

Do you offer intensive courses / business courses / at the weekends / in the summer?

Our standard courses generally take place once or twice a week. Currently we do not offer business or weekend courses. 

Do you have a question you would like listed here? Please contact us with your comments and suggestions.

Further enquiries

Further enquiries should be made in the first instance to the Support Officer for the Goethe-Institut Prüfungszentrum: Angela Aspden