Where to Learn German


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Opportunities for learning German have never been so many and diverse! Whether you are looking to enroll your child in one of the five German Schools Abroad (Deutsche Auslandsschulen) in the USA; find a nearby Saturday school or summer school; get an overview of the online resources available; or contact your local Goethe-Institut--we are here to help!


Goethe-Institut in the USA

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. It promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural cooperation. It conveys a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on Germany's cultural, social and political life.

Goethe-Institut in the USA

The six Goethe-Institut locations in the United States (Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC) offer a broad range of language courses. In addition, the GI has a network of affiliated cultural institutions and testing centers in the US. The GI has over 50 years of experience in teaching German as a foreign language, teacher training and developing curricula, examinations and course materials.

Goethe-Institut Boston

Goethe-Institut Chicago

Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

Goethe-Institut New York

Goethe-Institut San Francisco

Goethe-Institut Washington, DC

Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA)

Ger­man Schools Abroad / Deutsche Auslandsschulen

The Cen­tral Agen­cy for Schools Abroad (Zen­tral­stelle für das Aus­landss­chul­we­sen, ZfA) of the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion sup­ports over 1,200 schools world­wide, in­clud­ing more than 140 Ger­man schools abroad, five of them in the USA – main­ly in pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship – and ap­prox­i­mate­ly 1,100 schools in the re­spec­tive ed­u­ca­tion­al sys­tem in which the Ger­man Lan­guage Cer­tifi­cate (DSD) can be ac­quired. Ger­man schools abroad, most­ly con­ceived as in­ter­na­tion­al schools, are open not on­ly to chil­dren of Ger­mans work­ing abroad and wish­ing Ger­man ed­u­ca­tion for their kids. Three out of four pupils are from the re­spec­tive host coun­tries or oth­er cul­tures, thus get­ting the chance to fa­mil­iar­ize them­selves with Ger­many, its cul­ture, and lan­guage.

Read more about the ZfA and Ger­man schools abroad

  • German International School Boston

    Logo of the German International School Boston Enlarge image (© German International School Boston) German International School Boston is a bilingual independent school serving students from age 3 to Grade 12. At GISB, children grow from curious explorers into independent learners. Our mission is to empower students for success in a global world. To us, that means teaching the skills and habits that confident, compassionate, creative global citizens will need.

    German International School Boston

    57 Holton Street, Boston, MA 02134

  • German International School New York

    German International School New York is an accredited bilingual (German-English) and coeducational private day school for Pre-K through Grade 12 located in the heart of Westchester County, just 30 minutes north of New York City.  We blend rigorous German and American curricula in an open, supportive environment that promotes personal growth, independence, and teamwork.

    German International School New York

    50 Partridge Road, White Plains, NY 10605

  • German International School Portland

    GIS provides an excellent educational experience that fosters cross-cultural understanding, giving our children the tools and perspectives needed to actively participate as citizens in a global community. Our students develop and maintain fluency in both the German and English languages.

    German International School Portland

    3900 SW Murray Boulevard, Beaverton, OR 97005

  • German International School of Silicon Valley

    The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is an independent, nonprofit Preschool–Grade 12 international school with three locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are a center for cross-cultural exchange and a focal point for families interested in a high-quality bilingual education.

    German International School of Silicon Valley

    Mountain View Campus

    310 Easy Street

    Mountain View, CA 94043

    phone: (650) 254 0748

    Berkeley Campus

    1581 Le Roy Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94708

    phone: (510) 558 0436

    San Francisco Campus

    Funston Avenue Bldgs. 4 & 8

    San Francisco, CA 94129

    phone: (650) 254 0748

  • German International School Washington D.C.

    DISW Enlarge image (© DISW) Located in Potomac, MD, the German International School Washington D.C. has been teaching children from preschool through twelfth grade since 1961. We pride ourselves on our challenging German curriculum. The academic program has a strong focus on German, foreign languages and a science curriculum taught in state-of-the-art facilities.

    German International School Washington D.C.

    8617 Chateau Drive, Potomac MD, 20854


German Language School Conference

The German Language School Conference (GLSC) is the national umbrella organization for private German language schools in the United States. Its member schools, which operate mostly on Saturdays, serve children from preschool through high school and adults. Visit the GLSC website to find a school near you, learn about summer programs for children and adults, and find out more about the organization and its history. Founded in 1977 in New York, the GLSC has grown from five founding school members to over 40 German language schools and school clusters today.

List of German Language Schools

Looking for a German school or a school offering a German immersion experience? Befitting the diverse Bildungslandschaft, or educational landscape, of the United States, there is a wide variety of schools from which to choose. Fortunately, the AATG has compiled a searchable database of German language schools, including the five deutsche Auslandsschulen, public charter immersion schools, regular public immersion schools, DANK Schulen, and independent immersion schools teaching German. There is also an explanation of the various school types.

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Learn German Online with Deutsche Welle!

Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) offers multiple free online multimedia language-learning resources on its "Deutsch lernen" portal--so you can start learning German, or develop more advanced language skills, from anywhere!

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The "Schools: Partners for the Future" Initiative

With over 1,800 PArtner SCHools connected in a worldwide network, PASCH is an international learning community that is not only fostering German language learning, but also making a lasting contribution to cultural exchange and improved mutual understanding.

Animations — Just Add German

Five animated short films illustrate five great reasons for why learning German is a fun, helpful and useful choice: Just Add German! Learn more at www.justaddgerman.org

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German Summer Schools in the USA

The German Summer Schools in the US offer one- to seven-week programs for undergraduate and graduate students, teachers and professors, and language learners at large. In addition to language and literature courses, some schools offer teacher training seminars, M.A. programs in German Studies, and M.Ed. programs. Participants who successfully complete course work are eligible to receive teacher continuing education credits or obtain a Goethe-Institut language certificate for their level of proficiency.

Affiliated with accredited colleges and universities, all summer programs are taught by instructors who have demonstrated outstanding expertise in their particular discipline. Summer schools allow for a total immersion experience and offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities, such as readings and white water rafting, films, and weekend brunches, as well as theater workshops and music festivals.