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As the globally active cultural institution of the Federal Republic of Germany, we advocate for understanding between Germany, Europe and the world. The framework agreement with the German Federal Foreign Office is the foundation for this work. Worldwide, we provide information about the cultural and societal diversity of Germany and Europe. 151 Goethe-Institutes in 98 countries together with numerous partner institutions form the basis of our global network. The Federal Foreign Office supports our work institutionally. As a registered charity we operate autonomously on a legally independent basis and are not affiliated to any political party. We generate around a third of our revenue ourselves through income from language courses and examinations. We also receive support from the European Union (EU), further German federal ministries as well as foundations and companies in Germany and abroad.

We contribute to establishing the German language in the educational systems of the guest countries. We support over 100,000 schools worldwide in giving high-quality German tuition and promote the advanced professional training and qualification of teachers of German. Furthermore, we offer languages courses ranging from general German courses to prevocational language courses and seminars to raise societal and cultural awareness. Our services include online courses and autonomous learning programs. Every year more than half a million people sit a German examination at a Goethe-Institut or one of our cooperation partners. With a wide range of educational and information programs, we support in particular students and skilled workers from abroad on their route to Germany. 

We believe in the potential of international cultural exchange. Our approximately 20,000 cultural events per year take place in partnership with governmental and non-governmental institutions and initiatives from civil society in our guest countries. We qualify, advise and interlink cultural professionals and support the development of sustainable structures in the cultural and creative economy by advanced training measures for cultural entrepreneurs or the internationalization of creative companies. With our residence programs, partnerships and co-productions, we promote the networking of cultural professionals around the globe. We offer stakeholders from civil society a protected space and scope for a sincere exchange of views. We do not break off democratic dialogue, even in difficult times. In our work we orientate ourselves towards the values of a democratic, liberal society governed by the rule of law.

Via our digital information and educational programs in more than 60 languages and a network with 87 libraries, we offer a space to learn, meet up and participate. We use innovative technologies, seize the opportunities of digitalization and, at the same time, reflect on their implications for people and society. Through diverse formats such as information trips for multipliers, specialist exchange between experts, youth exchange programs and international festivals we enable communication on a worldwide basis.

The Goethe-Institut in Saudi Arabia

The Goethe-Institut Saudi Arabia opened in 2014 offering language courses and exams. It was located in the building of the German International School in Riyadh. In 2016 the institute moved to its own residence in Umm Al Hamam Al Gharbi and in 2020 it expanded its program, teaching German to more than 1,200 students every year. The Goethe-Institut Saudi Arabia also promotes the German language in Saudi schools and offers exams and courses in cooperation with Batterjee Medical College in Jeddah.

The cultural program of the Goethe-Institut Saudi Arabia promotes cultural exchange and dialogue. A particular focus is set on collaboration with local stakeholders, trying out new community-oriented formats, and fostering dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Germany in the fields of art, culture, and civil society.

In 2021 the establishment of the EUNIC Saudi Arabia cluster marked another important step toward a intensive cultural dialogue between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the countries of the European Union through their national cultural institutes.

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