The Goethe-Institut, Germany’s cultural institute, operates worldwide, promoting knowledge of the German language abroad and fostering international cultural collaborations. Our program of public events offers an opportunity to engage with themes and questions relevant to contemporary German culture and society. Faced with the challenges of globalization, we aim to strengthen intercultural dialogue and a global civil society. There are currently 159 Goethe-Institut branches operating in 98 countries around the world. Combining our cross-cultural expertise with the experiences of our local partners, we support and collaborate with cultural institutions and artists, universities and schools, local authorities and businesses with an interest in Germany and its language and culture.
LANGUAGE COURSES AND EXAMS
The Goethe-Institut New York promotes the teaching and learning of the German language throughout the United States. We offer classes for beginners and more advanced learners, with face-to-face, online, and blended-learning courses. Our language exams are internationally recognized and we work in partnership with certified examination centers throughout the United States.
GERMAN PROGRAMS AT SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES
To strengthen German programs at schools and universities (K–16), the Goethe-Institut New York supports teachers, helps to motivate students to learn German, and liaises with educators in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. We offer workshops by a network of experts across the country and online, introducing German teachers to new instructional materials and methods.
The Goethe-Institut New York presents a range of programming in the arts and humanities, including lectures, artist talks, film screenings, performances, installations, exhibitions, readings, public discussions, and conferences. We address current issues from both German and US perspectives. Working in close collaboration with local and international partners, we aim to build inspiring and long-term relationships.
Ludlow 38 is a space for contemporary art located on the Lower East Side, generously supported by MINI. Exhibitions and events are presented in collaboration with annually rotating curatorial residents from Germany.
LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES
Our library is open to the public and holds a comprehensive collection of contemporary German literature, the arts, and social sciences as well as translated works and learning material on German as a foreign language. Our eLibrary offers digital media, including e-books, audio and video files, electronic newspapers and magazines for download.