... 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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Free Trial Classes

Thinking about taking a German course in January 2023? Register for one of our free trial classes now!

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Choose from a wide variety of in-person and online classes for all levels and all ages!


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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

German Holiday Market

Sat, 12/10/2022 | 11 am – 9 pm | Mountain View

We are excited to participate in this year´s “German Holiday Market” organized by the “German International School of Silicon Valley” in Mountain View (456 Evelyn Ave, Caltrain Station) on Saturday, December 10. Come and enjoy some traditional European Holiday Market atmosphere, visit our booth and and learn about our C/Change initiative and ongoing programs. We will have activities for all ages and look forward to seeing you in person!

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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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530 Bush Street
Suite 204
San Francisco, CA 94108

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

"Systems" (2011) by Brian Barneclo | Townsend Street & 7th Street Mission Bay, San Francisco Photo: Sophoan Sorn (excerpt)

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