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University Language Centre

Goethe-Institut (GI) Examination Centre

GIs, GI Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and GI Examination Centres have played a central role in the cultural and educational policies of Germany for over 50 years.

The Goethe-Institut Examination Centre (GIPZ), operating from within the University of Manchester Language Centre (ULC), is part of this world-wide network. Here at the ULC we offer a complete service for learning German. This comprises German language courses run by LEAP (Language Experience for All), the university-wide language provision, as well as GI examinations.

Levels and courses

The GIPZ is licensed by the GI head office in Munich to run examinations at every level of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages (CEF). The quality and transparency achieved by adhering to these standards enable students who obtain any of our examinations to transfer their studies and examination results to any other GI-authorised institution worldwide. The levels of competency defined by the CEF are internationally recognised and allow direct comparisons between languages studied. For most levels, except A1 and C2, the cost of the examination is included in the course fee.

Courses are available at all levels, from complete beginners to near-native speaker fluency (CEF levels A1 to C2). The emphasis in our courses is on communication, with clearly defined learning outcomes as described in the CEF. Classroom time is complemented by guided online material for independent study. This blended approach gives you freedom to organise your learning and work at your own pace. For most courses there is a choice between daytime and evening classes.

Facilities

Students of the ULC are encouraged to make full use of the ULC Library facilities, which include a wide range of books, videos, DVDs, cassettes, computer learning programmes and satellite television. The Library opening hours are: Monday to Thursday 9.30am - 7pm, Friday 9.30am - 5pm during university semester and Monday to Friday 9.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm during vacation time.

You will find us in the South Wing of the Samuel Alexander Building (no 67 on the Campus Map). The Programme Support Officer for members of the public, Angela Aspden, is based on the lower ground floor, Room LG8.2. Parking is available close by in the Contact Theatre car park or Cecil Street car park. Disabled parking is right in front of the building.