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

Impressions from the past and present

Locally anchored, globally networked

Explore important milestones of the history of the Goethe-Institut in the anniversary video and join us in hearing congratulations from Sasha Waltz, Elvira Espejo Ayca, Uwe Timm and others.

Vorschaubild Jubiläumsvideo

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Digital ceremony

Missed the ceremony?

Watch the video of the digital ceremony for the 70th anniversary and the panel discussion on the institute’s history here. 


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Anniversary Website

Our history

Explore 70 years of international cultural and language work and discover surprising, curious, and exciting moments.


© Foto: Michael Friedel / Goethe-Institut

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.

in the background you can see a website of the Goethe-Institut, on the left a topic overview, next to it a larger picture with a woman sitting in front of the computer wearing a headset; in the foreground is a hand holding a magnifying glass and pointing to the website font "Online Live Sessions", which thus appears enlarged

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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

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

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