At a Glance

  • Beginners to Lower Advanced
  • 20 weeks: October to March
  • Check timetable to see if course is available online or in-person (classroom)
  • Fees from £252 to £470
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German is a popular language to study amongst adult learners in Britain, partly due to the proximity of Germany and partly due to its importance in European trade and culture. It is a popular language to learn for many reasons, whether you plan to holiday in Germany or Austria, settle in either country or simply, do business with the German-speaking world, or are just fascinated by German culture.

As a language it is spoken as a first language by 90 million people worldwide, with an estimated 85 million additional German speakers when you include second-language speakers. In addition to Germany and Austria, it is also the lingua franca in parts of Switerland.

Whether you are a beginner or you have some experience of speaking German, the classes we offer at Imperial College are designed to help you develop your language skills quickly and effectively, in a friendly and supportive environment led by expert tutors.

Live Online or Live in the Classroom!

Depending on the course you select, the teaching will be delivered either live online (via the internet) or live in the classroom at our campus in South Kensington in London. Please check carefully on the timetable below to make sure the delivery method is what you want before enrolling.

German Classes 2022-2023

-- 18.00-20.00 -- 18.00-20.00
  German Beginners [NOW FULL]
Silvia Fischer
  German Intermediate
Manya Elrick

German course descriptions


Beginners: For those who have not studied German previouslyGerman image

This Beginners course focuses on both the spoken and written language and aims to equip you with the skills needed for everyday situations in a German-speaking environment. You will learn how to introduce yourself and others, go shopping and to order food and drink. You will begin to discuss your daily life, be able to ask questions and express opinions, and you will acquire a good basic vocabulary. This course is for absolute beginners, therefore no previous experience is necessary.

Throughout the course the approach is a communicative one, using role play, conversation and interviews, allowing you to practise and consolidate what you have learned.

By the end of the course, you should have reached the equivalent of A1 standard in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Where applicable, textbook details will be provided by the tutor. Course textbooks need not be purchased before the first course session.

Near Beginners [not this term]

German imageThis 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.

Where applicable, textbook details will be provided by the tutor. Course textbooks need not be purchased before the first course session.


German imageThis Intermediate course will start with a revision of core grammar (e.g. conjugation in the Present and Perfect Tense, cases, pronouns, word order etc.) and then move on to topics and structures pertinent to A2 (CEFR). Topics will include travelling, media, education and shopping.

Typical grammar topics include: reflexive verbs, adjective declension, conjunctions and relative pronouns.

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

Where applicable, textbook details will be provided by the tutor. Course textbooks need not be purchased before the first course session.

Higher Intermediate [cancelled]

German imageHigher Intermediate: For those who have reached A2 (CEFR) or equivalent before starting this course

Taught in person, the Higher Intermediate course aims to develop further all language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), with particular emphasis on the development of oral proficiency and grammatical accuracy.

The course covers a number of topics, such as tourism, the world of work, the environment, culture and relationships.

In addition, a number of grammar aspects will be addressed, for instance tenses, sentence structure, passive and prepositions. Video and audio resources will help improve listening skills.

Where applicable, textbook details will be provided by the tutor. Course textbooks need not be purchased before the first course session.

Lower Advanced (not this term)

German imageLower Advanced: For those who have already reached the equivalent of B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Taught in person, the Lower Advanced course aims to improve learners' comprehension skills using written, audio and video material. It revises core grammatical aspects and introduces advanced structures. It will acquaint learners with background knowledge and vocabulary relating to selected social, cultural, scientific and technological developments as well as provide opportunities to develop and express personal points of view through discussions, pair and and group work.

Grammar points will include: conjunctions/syntax, prepositional objects, participles, indirect speech and advanced uses of both the passive and the subjunctive.

The topics studied will include communication, culture, social problems, employment technology and others.

Where applicable, textbook details will be provided by the tutor. Course textbooks need not be purchased before the first course session.

Class Recordings

These classes are not recorded


Attendance Certificate


Successful completion of this course leads to the award of an Imperial College attendance certificate


Terms and conditions apply to all enrolments to this course. Please read them before enrolment

Course Information

What language level should I choose?

Choosing the right language level

It is very important to book onto a course which is a good match for your level of ability, 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.

Please contact our German Coordinator with any questions about your level: Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger,

Course Fees and Discounts

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 40  20 Early Bird: £423  (£10.58 p/h) 
Full price: £470   (£11.75 p/h)
Early Bird: £252  (£6.30 p/h) 
Full price: £280   (£7 p/h)
Early Bird: £333  (£8.33 p/h) 
Full price: £370   (£9.25 p/h)
All fee rates quoted are for the whole 2-term course. Early Bird rates available 1 August to 30 September 2022 only. Part-payments are not possible. Equivalent to hourly rate is shown for comparison guidance only, it is not possible to pay pro-rata hourly rates.

Rate Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

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

Internal Rate

  • 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)
  • Individuals enrolling under our Friends & Family scheme
  • Staff of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • Students, staff and Governors of Woodhouse College and the IC Mathematics School
  • 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 contact before completing the online enrolment form

Associate Rate

  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Co-operative College members
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Friends and Patrons of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
  • Friends of Leighton House/ Sambourne House
  • Friends of the Royal College of Music
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Members of the Kennel Club
  • Members of the London Zoological Society
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • National Health Service (NHS) employees
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Teachers and other staff of UK schools
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many of our adult education courses after the course has already 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.

Friends and Family Scheme

This course is eligible for the Friends and Family scheme, allowing Imperial College students and staff to share their discount with their friends and family.

Term Dates 2022-2023

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 40  20 Week commencing 17 October to week ending 17 December 2022 (9 weeks) Week commencing 9 January to week ending 25 March 2023 (11 weeks) n/a
Term 1 and 2 are separated by the Christmas break 

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 August 2022. Early bird discounts are available from 1 August to 30 September 2022.

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. When enrolling:

  • Do check on the drop down menu above called "Course Fees and Rate Categories" to see if you are eligible for a discounted rate and also do make sure you select that rate when enrolling on the eStore
  • If you are a first-time eStore user you will need to create an account before enrolling. You can do this by entering an email address and password. This account can then be used for any future enrolments via the eStore.

When you have enrolled you will be sent the following email notifications:

What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Is sent straight away 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 as long as the course recruits enough students to run. If not you will receive a refund of your payment.
2. Enrolment confirmation Is usually sent within 10 working days. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • 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, either online or in the classroom, depending on the course
  • If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756 / +44 20 7594 8756.
  • All enrolments are provisional until the course is confirmed to run. This will be dependent on the course reaching the minimum number of enrolments.
  • All enrolments are subject to our Terms and Conditions. It is not possible to join one of our courses without agreeing to be bound by our Terms and Conditions.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about the academic content or teaching of these courses please contact our German Language Coordinator, Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger,

If you have any questions about your enrolment or payment processes please contact the Programme Administrator, Christian Jacobi,