Courses are offered during a 16-week fall and spring semester, as well as an 8-week semester in the summer. We offer formal classes which follow textbooks and require a considerable amount of independent study, and more informal classes.
Our German Language Classes for adults are based on the Goethe-Institut curriculum and geared toward the Goethe-Institut language exams.
If you take any classes from A1-C1 with GTHS, you will be prepared to take the corresponding internationally recognized Goethe-Institut proficiency exams and receive a certificate that is recognized worldwide. This is especially helpful if you need to work or study in Germany or are accompanying a spouse. Read more about the Goethe-Institut and their language exams here.
Just want to study some German and be able to converse on vacation or with friends? No problem. GTHS offers casual German conversational classes. We do recommend that you take at least the A1 classes or that you have a previous knowledge before signing up for conversation in order to keep the frustration level low and the fun level high.
A basic knowledge of language functions, vocabulary, and sentence structure is recommended.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Tuition Refund Policy
Members of GTHS receive a 10% discount on all classes (please call the office (512-467-4569) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your 10% discount coupon code when registering)
Prior to first week of class – 90% refund of the tuition amount
Prior to the second week of class – 70% refund
Prior to the third week of class – 50% refund
No refund is available after the third week of class
Class Cancellation and Combination Policy
The GTHS German Language School Program reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or combine classes based on enrollment.
Families or individuals whose referral results in enrollment of a new student will receive a $20.00 credit towards next semester’s tuition if the new student completes a full semester. Such referrals must be indicated on the new student’s registration form.
Additional Notes for Samstagsschule Registrations
This is a language school, not informal child care.
Any parents who pick up their children more than 5 minutes late will be charged $15 per incident.
A little snack and drink will be provided. Please let your teacher know about allergies or certain dietary restrictions.
Please see the schedule for the class in Sawyer and be aware of holidays and closures.
Please plan to drop off and pick up your children on time. Parking can be found on the street or surrounding parking garages.
Teachers may request that students transfer to an alternative course if they feel the student’s German proficiency does not match that of the class.
NOTE about our online sign up system:
We utilize Sawyer, a third-party, for payment processing and scheduling. To register for a course, you will create an account in their system, and they share your contact information with us.
From your Sawyer account you are able to see classes for which you are registered as well as update any information that we need on file (caregiver name, phone number, email, etc.).
Your credit card information is encrypted for your protection, and is therefore not available to us. However, if you wish to participate in a payment plan, we require that you keep your credit card information on file with us. Sawyer does not share your information and will not email you directly.