Support services for Ukrainians
German courses at a symbolic price, an emergency aid fund or a placement offer from Ukrainian artists and cultural workers to German host institutions: On this page you will find an overview of the projects that the Goethe-Institut launched in response to the war in Ukraine.
The Goethe-Institut is in full solidarity with the Ukrainian people and especially its partners. In Ukraine, the Goethe-Institut is represented by a large institute in Kyiv, from which a large network of three cultural societies, 15 language learning centres, 17 partner libraries or reading rooms and many university cooperations are coordinated. The Goethe-Institut has been active in Ukraine since 1993. A total of 115 colleagues work at the Goethe-Institut Kyiv, most of whom have left the country in the meantime or are in Western Ukraine.
Funding opportunities for cultural workers from Ukraine
The war in Ukraine has forced many people to leave their country. Cultural institutions in Germany and other European countries have set up aid programmes for artists and cultural workers. These include, for example, residencies lasting several months, scholarships or work opportunities that facilitate the stay in the host countries. Together with Artists at Risk, the Goethe-Institut arranges such support offers. Artists at Risk is a European organisation that has been able to gain experience in arranging support for artists at risk for over ten years.
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Emergency fund for Ukrainian cultural workers
Together with the Federal Cultural Foundation, the Goethe-Institut supports artists and cultural actors from Ukraine in their country or in exile. For this purpose, both institutions have set up the Emergency Aid Scholarship Programme, for which artists and cultural workers from partner institutions of the Goethe-Institut Ukraine or the Federal Cultural Foundation can apply. The fund of almost 500,000 euros pays out grants of 2,000 euros each. Applicants can submit projects to the emergency fund of the Goethe-Institut and the Federal Cultural Foundation that aim to deal with crisis situations, systematically support cultural actors who have fled or preserve cultural scenes.
German courses for Ukrainians
Shortly after the war began, the Goethe-Institut Ukraine offered free online German courses for 3,100 people, which were quickly fully booked. Due to the high demand, it additionally offers a digital self-learning course. The course "First Steps in German" is aimed at adults aged 18 and over without any prior knowledge of German. Until the end of May, the course is offered at a special price of 33 hryvnia (about 1 euro).
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Mein Weg nach Deutschland - Information for Ukrainians
Usually, the web portal "Mein Weg nach Deutschland" is aimed at people who come to Germany to work. Since the Russian attack on Ukraine, however, there are also many questions about the effects of the war. That's why the Goethe-Institut provides important information on the portal for refugees from Ukraine coming to Germany, for example, on assistance, telecommunications, health insurance, kindergartens and schools, and plenty of information on free self-learning opportunities for the German language.
To the web portal Mein Weg nach Deutschland
Voice of Ukraine - The Kyiv Symphony Orchestra on tour in Germany
In an unprecedented action, the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra was brought from the war zone to Germany for a tour in April and May. Seven German cities with their most important concert halls - including the Dresden Kulturpalast and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg - spontaneously agreed to take part. With this tour, the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra is setting a sign of resistance against aggression. Ukrainian compositions from four centuries make the previously all too seldom heard voice of Ukraine audible. The tour was created in cooperation with Konzertdirektion Schmid and in partnership with the Goethe-Institut.
Support for Ukrainian PASCH schools
17 of the almost fifty Ukrainian PASCH schools are supported by the Goethe-Institut Ukraine. With the exception of the PASCH school in Mariupol, all of these schools are currently in operation and function as official places of refuge - also for PASCH students who have lost their homes. All of the schools supported by the Goethe-Institut were able to receive support in the form of sleeping bags, sleeping mats, warm underwear, rescue blankets, bandages and power banks.
"Ukrainian Online School"
Originally launched in 2020 at the height of the Covid pandemic, the state education platform "Ukrainian Online School" is proving particularly helpful during the war: it now complements traditional school lessons in all Ukrainian regions. The platform is being expanded to include video tutorials for German as a foreign language, tests and materials for students, as well as customised methodological support for teachers.