Germany´s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, which is headquartered here in Bonn, offers free German courses at all levels. Courses include e-learning programs or worksheets that the learner can print out. A course finder and an online placement test will help the learner to find out which course is suitable.
A special online course “ ” has been designed for beginners and those who have some previous knowledge of German.
The Goethe-Institut in Bonn was founded in 1985 originally for the members of the diplomatic corps. Today, students of more than 60 nationalities learn the German language here by means of
- intensive courses (25 lessons a week)
- semi-intensive courses (10 lessons a week)
- individual courses at all levels
VHS (Adult Education Centre) offers six levels of German as well as a good selection of courses (some intensive) in other subjects between 5 and 10 p.m. on weekdays, with some morning courses offered as well. Courses are held at several locations in the city. Certificate courses are also run. Semesters run approximately from August to December and from January to May/June.
Booklets listing courses with times and dates can be obtained from the Bonn or Bad Godesberg Information Offices, at local book stores, banks or by contacting the VHS offices in the various city districts.
University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)
Akademisches Auslandsamt (International Office)
Poppelsdorfer Allee 53
Phone: (0228) 73 - 76 26
(Dezernat für internationale Angelegenheiten/Internationales Zentrum der Universität Bonn)
The International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) of Bonn's University offers classes in the German language only for foreign students enrolled at the university. Semesters run from October-February and April-July. Enquire for enrolment dates at the end of August or February. Intensive German course - only for students intending to take up regular studies at the Bonn University after the end of the course (examination). Applications must be submitted to the Registrar's Office (Studentensekretariat) of the University. For the winter semester, the deadline is mid-July; for the summer semester, mid-January. Applicants must have the equivalent of an American Junior College diploma. International Summer Course - German language, literature, and culture with seminars, workshops, and excursions for foreign students. Held during August for three weeks. Information and application from January at the International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) of the University, University of Bonn.
The Students‘ Union Executive Committee (AStA) also offers a so-called Language Tandem. If you are interested in practicing a language and work on your language skills with a partner, sign up by following the link
Your entry will be online for four weeks before it will be removed again.
The local newspaper General-Anzeiger carries advertisements for other institutions and private teachers under the heading "Unterricht" (lessons). Saturday is the best day to look or to advertise.