German, if all its complexities don't break you first, can open up many doors for:
- academics wanting to attend or work at one of Germany, Austria, or Switzerland's world-class universities
- engineers and entrepreneurs wanting to work in Europe's robust economy
- publishers and translators wanting to access the third largest book-market after Chinese and English
- beer-drinkers wanting to experience Oktoberfest
- night owls seeking the answer to their insomnia in Berlin
- instagrammers seeking fairytales
- those seeking out a worthwhile challenge!
Why Deutsches Haus at NYU?
We are New York City's oldest German language school, have been open to the public since 1977, and are part of an amazing university, NYU. Some of our teaching staff has been with us for many years, and they still manage to keep things fresh.
Can anyone take a German class at Deutsches Haus at NYU?
Yes! Our German language classes are open to the general public. And now that we teach remotely, we hope to get students from all across the United States (and beyond)!
How do I determine which level I am?
You can take a placement test (60 multiple choice questions, untimed) and we will determine your level.
Do these classes offer university/college credit?
In serving the public regardless of university or college enrollment, our classes do not count for university or college credit, but they can help with preparation for language exemption or proficiency exams. Language classes outside of university departments are a great option to save on tuition depending on your degree requirements.
Is there any documentation after taking the class?
Yes! Upon completion, please write to email@example.com to request a certificate of completion. In order to be elligible for a certificate, the student must complete the course with less than three absences.
What does a remote class look like?
We are using Zoom, in accordance with all of NYU's remote instructions, but do not fear, every class is 100% instructor-led. We wouldn't der leave you alone in the face of this language-learning jounrey.
Zoom has a free version here that lets you meet for about 40 minutes. However, all of our instructors will be using the version utilized by NYU. They will send you links to join their classes so that you're not timed out after 40 minutes.
All our classes are 2.5 hours long. No worries, there's a 10-minute break :)
Throughout the class experience, you'll be able to see your instructor and classmates. Your instructor will be able to share material such as images and links via Zoom, create breakout sessions so that fewer students are grouped together to discuss amongst themselves (or do group exercises), and plenty more, such as create timed polls/questionnaires for lightning round-type games. The possibilities are truly endless with Zoom.
Will you continue to use Zoom once classes can meet in person again?
Yes! Whether we create Zoom-only sections or incorporate options to Zoom in for in-person classes, the Zoom option will now be a mainstay at Deutsches Haus at NYU.
Is this one of those classes where they just drill grammar into you?
No! Our classes focus on all components of learning: reading, writing, speaking, and hearing. There's grammar, of course, but it's much more immersive than that. We also have Conversation Courses (also known as Special Courses), that move away from the traditional structure to take a more thematic approach. Past Conversation Courses have included: German Television: National Narratives in the Age of Netflix; Kunst des 20 Jahrhunderts; DelikatEssen; Geschichte; a rotating Literaturkurs etc. We offer about five Conversation/Special Courses per regular term (non-regular terms would be the Holiday Intensives and the Summer terms).
What's this A1.1 thing? How do I know which level to take?
That A1.1, A1.2, etc. is called the Common European Framework of Reference. It's a standardized leveling system used throughout the EU to better gauge acquired language skills. We're fancy enough to use it too!
Is there a trial class or some way to see if theses classes are a good match for me?
We do offer 20-minute trials periodically. Our last trial class was on September 1 for the Fall 2020 term. Please check back periodically for info on the next trial class.
Is there an option for private instruction (one-on-one)?
Yes! Need a more tailor-made curriculum to suit a timeline or specific goal? Tanja Schmitz, our Language Program Coordinator, can help set you up with one of our instructors. Here is more info on pricing.
Are all the instructors native speakers?
Yes, or they are failed intellectuals. Either way, you win!
How much is a German-language class at Deutsches Haus at NYU?
Our regular course fee is $620 for 25 hours, and $540 for our conversation courses of 20 hours. Our early bird fee is $595 for regular courses and $510 for conversation courses. To see all prices, please click here.
Do you give discounts for seniors?
Yes! We give 10% and 15% off depending on your academic or senior standing. We also have a membership that can have you save up to $150! Find out more about discounts here.
When can I start?
Our Holiday Intenseive Term 2020 starts on November 30, and our Winter Term 2021 starts on January 19. Registrations are open here!