... to the Goethe-Institut San Francisco. Since 1967, we have been promoting cultural exchange, education and societal discourse in the American context, bring different perspectives from Germany and the USA into a dialogue that is based in trust, and support the teaching and learning of the German language in San Francisco. Currently, our focus is on Culture & Technology. We are committed to the principles of transparency, diversity and sustainability.

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Thinking about taking a German course? Register for one of our free trial classes now!

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Spring Language Courses

Check out our full schedule of online & in-person group German courses for children, teens and adults.

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Spring Language Courses April 2023


Choose one of our many individual online course options and learn German anytime; anywhere at your own pace.

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The Goethe-Institut brings the German language into the world. We offer German courses and German exams in over 90 countries.

  • The right solution for every need
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  • Internationally recognized language certificates


Experience culture live

27th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival

March 23-27, 2023

We are thrilled to announce the Official Selections of the 27th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival. Join us for a cinematic adventure March 23-25 at San Francisco’s historic Roxie Theater, March 26 virtually, and March 27 at Berkeley’s Rialto Cinemas Elmwood. Tickets on sale now.

27th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival

C/Change: 2023 R&D Lab Open Call Now Open

Apply by March 31, 2023

C/Change, an initiative from Gray Area and Goethe-Institut San Francisco, invites interdisciplinary teams and individuals around the globe to submit concepts for interactive prototypes that articulate a vision for the future of online cross-cultural exchange.

2023 C/Change R&D Lab Open Call


Street Art in Mexico, Canada, U.S.A.

Covering walls and surfaces in cities around the world, Street Art is appreciated by thousands every day as they go about their daily business. In this photo dossier, we have captured art in Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal, New York City, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

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C/Change is a new interdisciplinary initiative investigating how emerging technologies, when imbued with intentional design, can open up new channels for cross-cultural connection in a changing world.


Radical Diversity

Have you missed previous editions of our Radical Diversity discussion series with Max Czollek and Mohamed Amjahid, or do you want to watch one of the discussions again? Now, you can browse all our previous episodes on one page!

Radical Diversity

Step into German

Learn German the fun way – through music, soccer and film! Listen to our podcasts for information on Germany’s diverse music scene.

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Suite 204
San Francisco, CA 94108

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Mon-Thu: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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