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Our educational programs in the United States

A leading German cultural nonprofit organization operating in 159 locations worldwide, the Goethe-Institut’s mission is to promote German culture and advance the teaching and learning of German as a foreign language. Six institutes in the U.S. in Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are commited to working together with local, state, and federal partners to ensure high quality standards in the teaching and learning of German.  Please feel free to contact the Goethe-Institut in your area and let us know how we can best support you. 

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German exams in the US

Do you need to certify your knowledge of German? Find a test site in the U.S. where you can take our globally recognized exams accredited by the German government. 

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Spark for German

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


German American Partnership Program (GAPP)

Since 1972 GAPP has been supporting teachers and schools in establishing successful bilateral student exchange programs.

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Study Bridge

The Study Bridge program is a multiyear educational pipeline designed to prepare U.S. students with strong STEM interests to embark directly on a course of study in Germany. 

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Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP)

A public/private partnership program, TOP is a leading provider of curriculum and study tours relevant to contemporary Germany for specific multiplier groups in North America, specifically social studies educators, STEM educators, and decision makers.


Deutsch Lehren Lernen

Do you have limited opportunities to share ideas with colleagues or to talk German outside the classroom? Improve your teaching skills with our 8-week continuing education and methodic-didactical courses conducted in German for full immersion experience. 

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Online language courses for teachers

Do you have limited opportunities to speak German outside of your (virtual) classroom? Register for our online language courses (Level B1, B2 and C1) to improve your German skills and get plenty teaching ideas and preparation for our Deutsch-Lehren-Lernen (DLL) methodic-didactical courses.

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A multilayered program for experienced teachers of German seeking to become certified Goethe-coaches and German teachers looking to book a free-of-charge coach for their (virtual) instruction. School administrators may request coaches for their German faculty. 

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German dual language programs

A central informational portal and a meeting point for administrators, teachers, parents, and everyone else involved in establishing or running German immersion programs as part of formal educational system in the U.S.

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German for after-school programs

Blueprints, pilot projects, and materials for running German afterschool programs in the U.S. For educational leaders and teachers. 

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Field trips to the Goethe-Institut

Open doors of the Goethe-Institut USA: Bring your students for a field trip (regardless whether you have a German program or not), get to know our work, and attend free workshops on German language and contemporary topics from Germany. 

Questions? Contact the Goethe-Institut in your area
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