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.  

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.

Examination fees

B1 all four modules: internal candidate £149, external £179
B1 one module: internal £59, external £79

B2 all four modules: internal candidate £179, external £219
B2 one module: internal £69, external £89

C1 (new modular exam from 2024) all four modules: internal candidate £199, external £239
C1 one module: internal £79, external £99


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, is based on the west wing corridor, ground floor, Room WG11. 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.


For any inquiries, please contact Goethe Exam Examination Officer Ms Dorit Fellner-Whitgreave at: dorit.fellner@manchester.ac.uk or LEAP@manchester.ac.uk


Further Information

Please see:


International examinations -

Our internationally recognised language examinations are open to all students, staff and members of the public.

You don't have to have completed a language course at ULC to register.

We have the following International exams available: