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What we stand for

As the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany, we promote cultural exchange, education and social discourse. We support the teaching and learning of the German language and provide information worldwide about the cultural and social diversity of Germany and Europe. 

Sprache. Kultur. Deutschland. 

The following six goals represent the entire range of our work and serve as a strategic basis for the development of our programmes and projects around the world.

Our Goals

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Dialogue and Creativity

We enable cultural exchange and common understanding.

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Mobility and Immigration

We support self-determined mobility and lighten the burden of arriving in Germany.

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Global Learning

We make learning together possible while promoting the German language and knowledge exchange.

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Our actions are based on the principles of sustainability.

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With Europe for Europe

We strengthen a united Europe in cultural diversity.

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Innovative Organisation

We develop continually as a learning organisation.