Goethe-Institut Credit Program

The Office of International Programs & Services (IPS) is proud to have a credit acknowledgement agreement with Germany's world renowned Goethe-Institut. The Goethe-Institut is a leading center for the promotion of German language and cultural study.

U.S. based students and professionals who complete Goethe programs on-site in Germany or virtually, may be eligible to earn academic credit through Millersville University for an additional fee. Millersville University, a member of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Email International.Partnerships@millersville.edu for more information. 


Step 1: Review the Financial Policies & Costs and the Academic Policies sections.

Step 2: Complete the online Goethe-Institut Credit Application
Note: Applications for Millersville University credit should be made following the completion of the Goethe-Institut program on site in Germany or virtually, and after any post-program coursework has been completed.

Step 3: Make a payment. See the Payment Information & Costs section below. 

Step 4: The Office of International Programs & Services (IPS) will review your application and will request your Goethe-Institut academic record.  

Step 5: The Goethe-Institut will issue the academic record directly to Millersville University and IPS will issue a Millersville University transcript.

Step 7: After receipt/confirmation of payment, official Millersville University transcripts will be mailed to the location(s) indicated on the initial application. 
Note: Please allow 6-8 weeks for application processing and transcript mailing.


    Articulation and Transcript Processing Fee: 

    Goethe Institut Programs:


    1. Online payments will be available by November 2022.

    Instructions forthcoming... 

    2. Those wishing to pay by check or money order, should make the check payable to Millersville University, and use following mailing address:

    ATTN: Goethe Institut
    40 Dilworth Road
    International Programs & Services, Lyle Hall, First Floor
    Millersville University
    Millersville, PA 17551

    Note: Millersville University is unable to complete any financial aid paperwork or consortium agreements for students seeking credit through the Millersville University/Goethe-Institut Credit Program.
    1. No credit is awarded for U.S. based courses.
    2. The application must be submitted to Millersville University no later than 12 months following the completion of the Goethe-Institut program on-site in Germany or virtually. Permission to extend this timeline may be granted by Millersville University and the Goethe-Institut on a case-by-case basis  
    3. Participating students seeking to challenge any aspect of their final grades or course levels must address this matter directly with the Goethe-Institut.
    4. Home institutions and/or school districts will not be automatically notified of credit and grades earned through Millersville. Participants who wish to have copies of their official transcripts sent to their home institutions and/or school districts must include the address on the application.
    5. Once Millersville University has transcripted the academic credit, the transcript record cannot be rescinded.
    6. Note: It is the applicant's responsibility to ascertain that Millersville University credit and the specific Millersville course equivalents and grading system will be transferable/applicable to your particular circumstances. You should obtain the appropriate approvals for credits/hours, according to your home institution's or district's guidelines and procedures. 


    1. Please note that rapid progression through the minimum of courses and hours indicated is only possible for learners who perform very well (also demanding an extra number of hours of self-studying and practice outside of the class). The average student needs one more course in one or more levels to reach the described competencies of the European Framework, especially when preparing for an exam. This means that if, for example, a student takes a C 1.2 course twice, Goethe-Institut provides that this is not a repetition of the whole program, but an extension and consolidation with other materials and exercises to reach the targeted outcome statements.
    2. The average learning time required to achieve a level is different for each level. For example, B2 and C2 are much broader than A1. A1 is the narrowest level and should be reached in about 70 to 100 hours. Learners who have never learned a foreign language before, however, might even need two courses of 80 to 85 units in this level.
    3. Millersville University will only recognize 3 credits of any one course, no matter the length/duration of the coursework. If a student takes 160+ hours of one Goethe-Institut course, they may be eligible to receive 3 credits of the level they are enrolled in and 3 credits of the immediately preceding Goethe-Institut course (i.e.: Student takes 160+ hours of B1.1, Goethe may agree that credit can be issued for 3 credits of A2.2 and 3 credits of B1.1). Alternatively, a student completing 160+ hours may opt only for a 3 credit recognition of the targeted course level (i.e.: in the above example, the student could receive credit for B1.1 only, if desired).

    Equivalencies between Goethe-Institut and Millersville University courses based on 80-120 contact hours and course descriptions based on the European Framework. All courses that meet this description will count for 3 undergraduate credits.

    *In order to receive academic credit for a Goethe-Institut Course a minimum of one course grouping of 80-120 hours is required.

    Course Levels Certificates Hours Millersville Course Equivalent
    A1 (A1.1 - A1.3) Start Deutsch 1  80-120 hours GERM 101: Elementary German 1
    A2 (A2.1 - A2.3) Goethe-Zertifikat A2 80-120 hours GERM 102: Elementary German 2
    B1 (B1.1 and B1.2)   80-120 hours GERM 201: Intermediate German 1
    B1 (B1.3 and B1.4) Goethe-Zertifikat B1 80-120 hours GERM 202: Intermediate German 2
    B2 (B2.1 and B2.2)   80-120 hours GERM 351: Composition & Oral Expression 1
    B2 (B2.3 and B2.4) Goethe-Zertifikat B2 80-120 hours GERM 361: Oral German 1
    C1 (C1.1 and C1.2)   80-120 hours GERM 352: Composition & Oral Expression 2
    C1 (C1.3 and C1.4) Goethe-Zertifikat C1 80-120 hours GERM 362: Oral German 2
    C2 Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom 160-220 hours GERM 445: Advanced Oral Practice and Self Expression

    Grading Conversion

    The Goethe-Institut grading scale is converted into the Millersville University grading scale as follows:

    Goethe-Institut Millersville University
    Sehr gut A
    Gut A-
    Befriedigend B
    Ausreichend C+
    Mangelhaft F

    Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP): Social Studies

    GOVT 586: A Direct Examination of German Government, Education, Business, and Culture for Social Studies Educators

    3 graduate credits

    Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP): STEM

    EDUC: 586: A direct examination of German STEM Education, Workforce Development, and Environmental Sustainability for STEM Educators

    3 graduate credits

    *Confirm with your institution or district that these course equivalencies will qualify for reimbursement before applying. 


    The Goethe-Institut grading scale is converted into the Millersville University grading scale as follows:

    Goethe-Institut Millersville University
    A A
    B B
    C C
    F F
    Landeskunde Seminar (Area Studies) 1 Week German 589: Current Topics 1 graduate credit
    Landeskunde Seminar (Area Studies) 2-3 Weeks German 589: Current Topics 3 graduate credits
    Landeskunde + Methodik und Didaktik Seminars (Area Studies plus Method) 1 Week German 575: Workshop 1 graduate credit
    Landeskunde + Methodik und Didaktik Seminars (Area Studies plus Method) 2-3 Weeks German 575: Workshop 3 graduate credits


    The Goethe-Institut grading scale is converted into the Millersville University grading scale as follows

    Goethe-Institut Millersville University
    A A
    B B
    C C
    F F