Our commitment to German

Our commitment to German Photo: Panthermedia/Viktor Thaut

Memorandum of Understanding: AATG & the Goethe-Institut USA

In November 23, 2019, the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) and the Goethe Institute in Washington DC solidified their cooperation via a Memorandum of Understanding. Two institutions connected by a common goal: To promote the German language and culture in the USA and globally.

German in the USA

What is the status of German as a foreign language in the U.S., and how does it compare worldwide? Which topics are of particular importance to strengthen German programs at U.S. schools and colleges? Find the Goethe-Institut’s position on these and other issues here.  

"Schulen: Partner der Zukunft" initiative

PASCH is a worldwide network connecting more than 1700 PASCH schools with a particular link to Germany. The Goethe-Institut acts as mentor to around 550 PASCH schools in the national education systems of over 100 countries.

Alumniportal Deutschland

Alumniportal Deutschland is a social network to promote networking between alumni of Germany, companies, universities and organisations.

Digital Kinderuni

The Digital Kinderuniversity ("Kinderuni") is a free educational project run by the Goethe-Institut for children aged 8 to 12 years old. Children enroll digitally at the Kinderuniversity to explore different scientific areas in three faculties – Humankind, Nature and Technology – and at the same time learn German in a fun and playful way.

Study Bridge

The Goethe-Institut's Studienbrücke program is specifically designed to prepare students from abroad wishing to embark directly on a course of study in Germany.


Founded in 2002, the Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) is a public/private partnership that provides curriculum and study tour experiences relevant to contemporary Germany for specific multiplier groups in North America, including social studies educators, STEM educators, and workforce development professionals interested in the German apprenticeship model.

German for Hire & Field Trips

With GERMAN FOR HIRE, young Germans in the US visit American high schools to talk with students about the German language and culture. Any US school and young German in the US can participate in this cultural exchange.

Another way to experience German(y) up and close: Incorporate a visit to the Goethe-Institut with your class in your next FIELD TRIP.


The German American Partnership Program (GAPP) supports partnerships and exchanges between schools in Germany and the United States. 

Our sustainable future

How can we design a sustainable future for everyone? Take part in the contest “Our Sustainable Future” and tell us about your ideas in German. The winning teams will be invited to participate in our international sustainability conference in Berlin.

SPARK for German

SPARK for German, a joint project of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) and the Goethe-Institut, provides professional development for future German instructors and enables students across the United States to start learning German at an early age. 


Step Into German is a campaign to show how the language is beneficial to students, families, careers, and opportunities. On this website, students will find the latest information about German music, sports and other German matters. It also features video clips, teaching ideas and materials for teachers to promote German programs.