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Up to Date Information: Coronavirus

The Goethe-Institut Boston is committed to the health and safety of our community. In light of the current situation, we are following the instructions of the local authorities and doing our part in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Most of the cultural events at the Goethe-Institut Boston are currently taking place online.
  • Our offices are temporarily closed to the public, and our staff is working from home.

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German Courses #onlinestattcorona

Continue learning German – online. We offer a large portfolio of online classes and formats. For questions, please contact our language office:

German Exams

German exams are currently not taking place as scheduled. Please contact our language office to learn more about new dates and further details:

Teacher Service

All face-to-face events and seminars at the Goethe-Institut are canceled until further notice. We are offering online formats to continue our support for students and teachers of German in New England. If you want to stay informed, register for our teacher mailing list by sending an email to: 


Most of our events are taking place virtually. Please check our events calendar and social media channels for our current program.

General Information

Please keep checking our website and social media channels for updates and follow the guidelines of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).

For general information, you can reach us at
Thank you very much for your patience and understanding.

Learn, Read, Watch, Inform Yourself Online

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Online learning

With a Goethe-Institut online or blended learning course, you can decide for yourself when and where you would like to learn.
The Goethe-Institut Boston is offering all levels of classes in great online formats, including classes with weekly live group meetings in digital classrooms.

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Goethe on Demand
Signs of Resistance

The Goethe-Institut presents Signs of Resistance, a series of 14 documentaries from four decades on civil society engagement, protest and emancipation movements, the culture of remembrance, migration, and environmental issues. Watch the entire film series free of charge on the Goethe-Institut’s streaming platform!

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Anniversary Program
100 Years of Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys would have turned 100 in 2021. In celebration, we’ve gathered events on Beuys from our colleagues and partners in the region — and included some 2021 perspectives on the artist’s work.

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For Children and Teenagers

Bored at home? Check out our fun, interesting, and free online offers which you can easily discover from the comfort of your own couch. Play, listen, read, test your knowledge — happy exploring!

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For German Language Learners
Couchpotato – Learn German at home

Train your language skills on your own couch: Learn German at home with our various digital tips, interactive exercieses and games.

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Watch over 100 German films online

Over 100 German films—classic movies as well as current productions—are available for free on our eMedia platform, the eLibrary.

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Free Excercises
Deutsch für dich

In the “Deutsch für Dich” community you will find plenty of exercises to help you learn German free of charge, and you can share experiences with other members.

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Online Lectures
Digital Kinder University

The Digital Kinder University is an online platform for students (8–12 years old), parents and teachers. No German knowledge required to get started! Digital Kinder University features 30 multimedia lectures in three disciplines (Nature, Technology, Humanities). 

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Shaping the Past

How does the past take shape? What happens in the process of coming to terms with the past? What social repercussions are associated with the rooting of history in monuments and memorials? How can those narratives be shifted or upended through alternative, innovative approaches to memorialization? These questions and many others are at the center of our project Shaping the Past.

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How do we innovate and make progress? Our answer: often by mistake. We’re celebrating mistakes and their innovative power in this collection of both big and little mistakes in art, language, technology, and society.