Sprache. Kultur. Deutschland.

We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange.

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Goethe-Instituts are active in 98 countries.


of the institutes are in Germany.


the first Goethe-Institut opened in Athens.


employees are at work worldwide.

70 years of the Goethe-Institut


A quick dip

Explore the history of the Goethe-Institut and discover surprising, curious, and exciting moments from 70 years of cultural and language work worldwide.

Kultursymposium Weimar 2019

© Jörg Gläscher

A changing mission

In Profile

Once an exporter of culture, today a global networker: In 70 years, the Goethe-Institut has changed repeatedly.

Listening and exchanging ideas: final “Museum Conversations” conference in Windhuk 2019.

Photo: © CreativeLab for Goethe-Institut Namibia

global network

In the world

The Goethe-Institut has more than 150 locations in the world. They tell of lived history: Over the decades, they have overcome political upheavals, crises and natural disasters.

The Goethe-Institut Cairo with the Goethe-Garten.

Photo: Roger Anis

Learn German

Find a Goethe-Institut nearby or discover our online offers.

Exam locations worldwide

Find a Goethe-Institut or partner institutions nearby.

Where we encounter one another

How the Goethe-Institut´s learning platform gained special importance as a virtual place of encounters.

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German language digital

The coronavirus made conventional language work practically impossible. It was time to take new pathways.

Eine Frau und ein Mann zeichnen Roboter an eine Tafel.

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What we learn from the pandemic

For a year and a half now the whole world has been preoccupied with a virus. We have experienced the global, if somewhat staggered, nature of the pandemic in multiple phased waves. And already early in the beginning of the global crisis a question emerged: What can we learn from this catastrophe? In five thematic modules, the project “Lockdown Lessons” searches for answers on a global scale.

Key Visual: Lockdown Lessons

Photo (detail): © John Simitopoulos

We encourage culture

We build bridges between culture, education and science and rely on the power of art, which poses questions and opens up new modes of access.

International Relief Fund

The International Relief Fund supports cultural organisations abroad in dealing with the effects of the pandemic.

Let the spark fly and hold on to it. Outreach Foundation Johannesburg

Photo (detail): © Earl Abrahams

Residence Programs

Worldwide, we enable cultural professionals to realize their work and to deal with new people and cultures.

Residence programs

Author: San Jose, 27 November 2006, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1483026, Änderungen vorgenommen


The Goethe-Institut is represented by 158 institutes in 98 countries around the world. In 1952 the first Goethe-Institut opened in Athens.

World Map with locations of Goethe-Institut


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