The International Visitors Programme

Information and network tours give visitors a special, authentic experience of Germany. The Goethe-Institut International Visitors Programme develops tailored, thematically diverse visitors programmes and digital encounter formats for international multipliers on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office and other clients. 

Das internationale Besucherprogramm © Goethe-Institut e.V.

Bespoke programmes in live, digital and hybrid format

With the help of a network of experienced experts from the fields of politics, business, culture, academia, the media and society, the programmes give participants a nuanced picture of Germany. They also provide an opportunity for the invited guests from around the world to make lasting professional contacts and are the starting point for diverse forms of cooperation.


Guests, themes and clients

Our tours are developed for our clients in close consultation. The concept and content of all our tours are tailored to the specific target group and tour objective.

Voices, stories and projects

What inspires the guests of the Visitors Programme during their stay in Germany – and how does digital encounter work?

Skate Diplomacy

A group of Thai skateboarders travelled to Germany in May 2023 for an exchange of experience. Of course, they brought their skateboards along.

Visit to the DIY Skate Spots on Greifswalder Straße in Berlin © Goethe-Institut e.V.

Elvira Espejo Ayca – the Bridge Builder

Bolivian multi-artist and museum director Elvira Espejo Ayca was awarded the Goethe Medal in 2020. In May 2022, she visited Berlin and Dessau on a networking tour in connection with this award.

Elvira Espejo Ayca with figures by Oskar Schlemmer in the  Bauhaus building in Dessau © Goethe-Institut e.V.

Constructive Climate Anxiety

Climate experts from eight countries gathered information during a thematic tour of Germany on international climate policy, and exchanged ideas and experience.

The SPREEAKADEMIE’s tiny house – a model house for building and living sustainably in rural areas © Goethe-Institut e.V.

Account by a GDR child of Namibia

When Nangula Costa was asked whether she would like to go on a trip into her past, she hesitated. Many versions of the story of the GDR children of Namibia are circulating and also many rumours.

Nangula Costa © Tina Hüttl/Goethe-Institut e.V.


“I had actively avoided visiting Germany as my dad had always said we wouldn’t be welcome. I am really glad I went and my opinion has completely changed purely because of who we met on this trip.”

“I love Germany – it is an excellent combination of talent, innovation, education, and reflection. We were made to feel incredibly welcome and the conversations were dynamic and useful.”
Participants of the trip “Jewish Life in Germany – Explorative information trip to initiate future exchange activities between German and British synagogues”
I am very grateful to the German government for allowing me to visit their country and learn about your country in general. The trip was very educative and important for my country. It will help my country to improve the delivery of vocational education and training and produce graduates with skills needed for the industry in formal or informal self-employment.
Participant of the trip “Dual Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Germany,” 2022


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