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Join us to learn German with the experts!

At a glance

  • Live online course
  • Various levels
  • 2 hours a week
  • Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
  • 20 weeks: October to March
  • Fees from £220 to £410
  • Imperial College Attendance Certificate (T&Cs apply)
  • Book from 15 August
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Learning a new language is one of the most rewarding activities you can do. Not only does it open up new possibilities for travel and employment, but it can lead to new insights into cultures from all over the world.

Learning a language is enjoyable too, with new friendships formed at our classes bringing together people from a wide variety of backgrounds with a shared interest in the language you are studying.

With our expert tutors on hand to guide you, you will soon find yourself developing new language skills that will open up a world of possibilities.

German Evening Classes Timetable
 18:00 - 20:00  18:00 - 20:00 -- 18:00 - 20:00
German Beginners [NOW FULL]
Silvia Fischer
Online course
German Beginners
Olia Jantscheva
Online course
  German Intermediate
Manuela von Papen
Online course
German Near Beginners
Christine Lattek
Online course
German Intermediate
Manya Elrick 
Online course
German Higher Intermediate
Manuela von Papen
Online course
Italian classes timetable

Course delivery

This is a live-taught online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. The course delivery method will be as follows:

  • German Intermediate only: Teams (access and usage instructions can be found at the bottom of our FAQ page)
  • All other courses: Zoom (please find full details and instructions below under 'Course delivery')

Attendance certificate

Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.

German course descriptions



This 20-week Beginners course which focuses on both the spoken and written language aims to equip students with the skills needed for everyday situations in a German-speaking environment. Students will, for example, learn how to introduce themselves and others, shop for and order food and drink, discuss daily routine, ask questions and express opinions, and will acquire a good basic vocabulary. This course is for absolute beginners.

The course aims to include the basic structures of German, for example the present and past tenses of the verb, some cases, prepositions, word order and the declension of nouns and pronouns.

Throughout the course the approach is a communicative one, using role play, interviews etc., so that students can practise and consolidate what they have learned.

By the end of the course, students should have reached the A1 standard described in the Common European Framework.

Near Beginners

German imageThis 20-week Near Beginners course aims to extend and consolidate the language skills of students who have followed a Beginners course at Imperial College or elsewhere but would like to revise the basics as well as boost their confidence.

Students should have reached A1.1 (CEFR) or equivalent before starting this course.

Following a revision of the very basics, students will learn to talk about themselves and their homes in greater detail, to order food and drink in a café and/or restaurant, to describe their work environment, to ask for/give directions, to talk about sightseeing and holiday, to communicate in various shopping situations and talk about health.

The course will cover the following grammatical aspects: word order in moderately complex sentences, prepositions, perfect tense, simple past, cases, adjectives and the imperative.

By the end of the course, students should have reached the A1.2 standard described in the Common European Framework.



This 20-week Intermediate level course will start with a general revision of core grammar (e.g. irregular verbs in present/past tense, cases/pronouns/adjectives, word order etc.) and then move on to topics and structures pertinent to A2 (CEFR). Additional grammar content/vocabulary practice will be personally tailored to individual student needs.

By the end of the course, students are expected to have completed the A2 standard described in the Common European Framework.

Higher Intermediate

German imageThis 20-week Higher Intermediate course aims to develop still further all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), with particular emphasis on the development of oral proficiency and grammatical accuracy.

Students should have reached A2 (CEFR) or equivalent before starting this course.

The course covers a number of current issues in the German-speaking countries, as well as global topics such as culture, tourism or the environment.

In addition, a number of grammar aspects will be addressed. Extra video and audio resources will help improve listening skills.

By the end of the course, students should have reached approximately the standard B1 (CEFR) described in the Common European Framework.

Lower Advanced

German imageThe 20-week Lower Advanced course aims to improve your comprehension skills using written, audio and video material. It revises core grammatical structures and introduces complex features which are then practiced, both orally and in writing. Furthermore it will acquaint you with background knowledge and vocabulary on selected current social, cultural, scientific and technological developments as well as provide opportunities to develop and express personal points of view on these.

Students should have reached B1 (CEFR) or equivalent before starting this course.

Linguistic structures will include: conjunctions, relative clauses, passive, comparisons, nouns/verbs/adjectives with prepositions, participles, indirect speech.

The topics examined include: communication, social problems and technology.

By the end of this course, students should have reached the B2 standard described in the Common European Framework.

Course Information

Course Materials

Students are advised not to buy any course books before the start of the course. Progress through the course and textbook will depend on the group dynamics of the class. 

German Beginners

  • Week 1-10: DaF leicht A1.1, Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit DVD-ROM, Klett, 978-3-12-676250-2
  • Week 11-20: DaF leicht A1.2, Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit DVD-ROM, Klett, 978-3-12-676251-9

German Near Beginners

  • Studio21 A1-2 (Hermann Funk, Christina Kuhn, Laura Nielsen, Kerstin Rische, ISBN: 978-3065205320, Cornelsen Verlag, 2013)

German Intermediate

  • Willkommen 2 Coursebook (John Murray Learning, 2017, ISBN-10: 9781471805158, ISBN-13: 978-1471805158, ASIN: 1471805158)

German Higher Intermediate

  • Aspekte neu B1+ Mittelstufe Deutsch, Lehrbuch (Ute Koithan, Tanja Mayr-Sieber et al., Langenscheidt / Klett, ISBN 978-3-12-605016-6)
  • An e-book with a one-year license for learners is also available: Aspekte neu B1+ - Digitale Ausgabe ohne LMS, Lizenzcode für Klett-Sprachen-App (1 Jahr), Klett: ISBN NP00860501503

German Lower Advanced

  • Aspekte neu B2. Lehrbuch mit DVD (Ute Koithan, Tanja Mayr-Sieber et al., Klett, ISBN 978-3-12-605024-1)
  • An e-book with a one-year license for learners is also availableAspekte neu B2 - Digitale Ausgabe mit LMS, Lizenzcode für BlinkLearning (Lernende, 1 Jahr), KLETT: ISBN NP00860502602

Level advice

Choosing the right language level is very important and we aim to make the process of deciding which is the right course level for you as simple as possible.

If you are a complete beginner you should, of course, enrol on a Beginner's Course.

If you have some experience in the language you wish to study please first review our course descriptions to try to identify the course level which should be most suitable for you. Especially if you are out of practice in a language, or have been out of formal education for a while, please be reasonably sure and realistic about your level of proficiency prior to proceeding with enrolment.

Contact details for course-level advice: Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger (German Coordinator), f.starr-egger@imperial.ac.uk

Your Tutor

All tutors on our language programmes are native speakers with a great deal of experience in teaching languages to beginners and the more advanced. Tutor contact details are provided in the programme pack which will be emailed to you just prior to the start of term.

Contact details for questions relating to your tutor's background or teaching qualifications: Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger (German Coordinator), f.starr-egger@imperial.ac.uk

Course Delivery

All our online courses are taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you must be able to attend the online session at the time stated for the course description.

All times stated are British Standard Time.

To take part you will need a computer, or laptop, or tablet computer, connected to the Internet. The device you use will also need to have a camera, microphone and speakers. Most devices now have these built in, but if not you might have to buy them from a computer shop and to connect them to your device.


This course will use Zoom as its online delivery method. Zoom is very easy to use and you do not need to set up a Zoom account to use it. Near the date of your first online session you will be sent an email with a web address (or URL) that will allow you to access the course. This is called the Course Link. All you need do is click on the Course Link in the email and you will be asked to enter your name. This is the name that will be seen by your tutor and other students in the class.

Once you have entered your name you might be asked to enter a password to enter the class. The password will be included in the email sent to you. Once you enter the password you will either be taken directly into the class, or asked to wait in a virtual waiting room until the tutor is ready to let you into the class.

We have also produced a Handy Guide to Zoom [pdf] which gives you basic information on how to use it.

All courses lasting two hours have a 10 minute break in the middle.  For one hour courses there is no break.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 40  20  £410    (Early Bird Rate: £370*)
£240    (Early Bird Rate: £220*) £320    (Early Bird Rate: £290*) 
* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before the end of 30 September for courses starting in October only  |   All fee rates quoted are for the whole 2-term course.

Rate Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate Rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read the  before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer termSummer School
 40  20 19 Oct - 18 Dec 2020 (9 weeks)*  PLUS 11 Jan - 26 Mar 2021 (11 weeks) n/a n/a
* Followed by the Christmas break

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 15 August

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. Please click on the blue booking link on the relevant course page noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on the course page and your applicable rate category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details after your course choice and applicant details are collected via an in-built questionnnaire
  • The following email notifications are sent:
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Is sent instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • This is a receipt for your payment and includes payment date, order number and course title
  • Confirmation of your place on your chosen course will follow later
2. Enrolment confirmation Is sent within 10 working daysPlease treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-confirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms the day and time of your course
3. Programme information Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains joining instructions for your course, incl. tutor contact details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Any Questions?

  • Questions regarding the content and teaching of your course should be sent to Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger (German Coordinator) at f.starr-egger@imperial.ac.uk
  • Questions about your enrolment and payment should be sent to the Programme Administrator, eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk