What we do

Aufgaben und Ziele © Photo: Goethe-Institut/Loredana La Rocca Aufgaben und Ziele Photo: Goethe-Institut/Loredana La Rocca

Sprache. Kultur. Deutschland.

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 over sixty 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.

The Goethe-Institut in the UK

In the UK, we have two institutes, one in London and one in Glasgow. Both offer language courses and a range of cultural events and information services. In our language and education work, we are focusing particularly on expanding our activities in British education policy by highlighting the advantages of learning German for a successful career. We are also extending our reach through new language course locations and online learning.

Our cultural programme includes film screenings, panel discussions and talks, as well as collaborations with partners on the local culture scene. In London, we are located on Exhibition Road with nearby access to world-class institutions. We focus our work on current trends and themes in culture and society such as digitalisation and Europe.

Our library and information service offers media on German literature, arts, society and history. Electronic media can be accessed 24/7 via our eLibrary. We also provide up-to-date information on culture, society and politics in Germany via social media.

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