Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know my correct level of German?

CEFR Self Assessment Grid, or Goethe Institute exam practise tests (, or test your German in an online test, e.g. from the Goethe Institut. In case you have further questions in relation to your level of German and the most suitable course for you, please do not hesitate to ask the evening course co-ordinator.  Below is a table of recommended number of class hours to reach each level.  This should give you a good indication.

Level CEFR

No. of 45-min classes required to reach this level


Min 1000











As recommended by the Goethe Institute


What if the course I enrolled for is too hard/too easy for me?

Participants of our evening courses have the option to change to a different course more suitable to their level within the first two classes, provided there is an alternative course available. 

Will I receive an official certification of my level of German?

Participants of our evening courses will receive a certificate of attendance. However, this is not official proof of their level of German. If you need an official document for your level of German, you can sit an exam at the Goethe Institut in Dublin. For further information on the range of exams they offer, please click here.

Are there any discounts?

The Department of German offers discounts on the evening courses for UCC staff/ full time students and people on social benefit. Regrettably, we cannot grant discounts to UCC graduates, unless they belong to above categories.

Can I receive a refund?

I will not be able to continue with the German evening course due to sickness/work commitments/ personal reasons. Can I receive a refund?

Since all our evening courses are self-funding and dependant on a minimum number of people, we are regrettably unable to offer any refund (in full or in part) once the course has started. However, fees (in full) will be returned in case a course does not go ahead due to too few participants.

How can I pay for the course?

On confirmation of your course you will receive a payment form. Payments can then be made by cheque or bankdraft (payable to University College Cork). You can also hand in cash to the secretary's office during office hours, but please do not send cash by post.

Department of German


First Floor, O' Rahilly Building, UCC