... 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.

Downtown San Francisco

Goethe-Institut USA

your hub for learning German online

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The Goethe-Institut USA is Germany's offical cultural center with convenient and effective online German courses and internationally recognized language certificates.

As the international market leader for German courses, we bring you unparalleled expertise and a commitment to delivering top-notch language education.

  • online group, individual and business courses for all levels
  • professional and highly trained instructors
  • state-of-the-art, interactive, and fun teaching methods


Experience culture live


Gegenüber - Transatlantic Magazine
Too much, enough, and next to nothing

The world is grappling with the consequences of unbridled expansion. As continued growth becomes increasingly untenable, we find ourselves at a crossroads. Is a healthy balance between excess and scarcity possible in today’s world? This first issue of the new transatlantic magazine Gegenüber delves into the intertwined narratives of growth and degrowth in society. Join us as we question the notion of progress and envision a sustainable future together.

Gegenüber Keyvisua © Tobias Schrank



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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Learn German on Instagram

Tips and Tricks for German Learners

Our new channel for German learners is here! Follow @learngerman.usa.goetheinstitut on Instagram and discover useful German-language tips and tricks, explore our interactive resources, and be the first to know about upcoming courses and exams.

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