The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach.

We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in our nation. Our cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility.

With our network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centres, we have been the first point of contact for many with Germany for almost seventy years. Our long-lasting partnerships with leading institutions and individuals in over ninety countries create enduring trust in Germany. We are partners for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties.

Basic Legal Principles

The Articles of Association state the objectives and regulatory organs (General Meeting, Executive Committee and Board of Trustees) of the Goethe-Institut association as well as rules for members.

Articles of Association (PDF, 124 kB)

The Basic Agreement governs the cooperation between the Goethe-Institut and the Federal Republic of Germany represented by the German Foreign Office.

Basic Agreement (PDF, 131 kB)