About us
San Francisco

Entrance Goethe-Institut San Francisco Photo: Goethe-Institut San Francisco/Sabine Erlenwein

The Goethe-Institut San Francisco was established in 1967, with the goal of organizing and supporting cultural events together with American institutions.The cultural focus of the institute concentrates on film and media, as well as modern art. In addition to cultural programming, the institute organizes public discussions pertaining to contemporary social-political events.

In the educational liaison arena, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco consults with teachers and students of the German language in the States of Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, California, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The language department of the institute offers intensive German language courses at all levels, as well as special courses relating to German literature, contemporary issues of German life, or conversation. Exams providing evidence of ones German language proficiency and information regarding study opportunities and stipends in Germany all belong to our customer service assistance.

The newly renovated ART-Lounge is the downtown event space and digital-gallery of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, where cultural programming is presented. Come and join us for lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, films and music events.

Furthermore, we are on hand for consultation on various language learning opportunities in one of the 14 Goethe-Insitut’s in Germany and are happy to help with the placement.