German Consulate General Houston
Changes in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program and ESTA
Please check the website of the German Federal Foreign Office to learn more about the recent changes to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program and ESTA.
Welcome to Houston!
Welcome to the website of the German Consulate General in Houston. Here you will find information on Germany, the consular services we provide and German-related news and events in our area. We offer a wide spectrum of information, including travel, study, doing business in Germany and much more. Our German language website features information and news relevant to German citizens. The Consulate General’s area of jurisdiction covers Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
The new website facts-about-germany.de features articles, background information, images, charts, films and lots of other modules. Focussing on these and many other topics, besides – in no less than 19 languages. Find out more and how all the “Facts” can be downloaded as an e-paper.
Facts about Germany
The newly founded German Institute for the Southwest (GIS) in Houston offers German language classes for adults and teenagers. Its main mission is to promote and advance the German culture and language in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
German Institute for the Southwest
Germany will assume the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in January 2016 for a one year term
The German Government’s motto for the year is “renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”. The Government will thus seek to strengthen OSCE instruments and institutions, promote dialogue among the participating States and thereby rebuild trust in Europe.
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On the occasion of the 50th Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN), Deputy Consul General Bernd Reindl met with students at the University of Central Arkansas to discuss the role of and new challenges facing the United Nations.
Human Rights Day
German Air Force Liaison Officer for US Army Fires Center of Excellence & Commander of US Army Air Defense Artillery School, Colonel Ingo Kresser, Consul Jochen Olbricht and German Honorary Consul in Oklahoma City, Charles Wiggin, alongside Italian Army Liaison Officer, Major Mattia Marcotulli and U.S. military personnel and many other participants, gathered to place flowers and flags on the graves of the fallen soldiers at the Fort Reno Post Cemetary in Fort Reno.
On October 31, 2015 Consul Jochen Olbricht, had good news for the Deutsche Samstagsschule Houston. He handed over a check to the Principal and Director of the school, Dr. Ute Eisele and also presented the German Language Diploma to the eligible students who successfully passed the DaF (Deutsch als Fremdsprache) test, a German national language exam.
Deutsche Samstagsschule Houston
Looking for an exciting journalism opportunity in Germany? The international German broadcaster Deutsche Welle offers traineeships. The next traineeship starts in September 2016. Applications will be accepted via their online application system between January 11 and February 29, 2016.
In cooperation with the German Consulate General in Houston the University of Houston opened its International Education Week on November 15, 2015 with the poster exhibition “The Path to German Unity”.
25 Years of German Unity
On November 15, 2015, German Brigardier-General, Dirk Backen and German Honorary Consul Nina Petrow, alongside U.S. military personell, gathered to place flowers and flags on the graves of the fallen soldiers in San Antonio.
Day of Mourning
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave the following statement in Berlin on the 10th of November on the death of former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt:
“Germany has paused for reflection. The death of Helmut Schmidt fills me with great sorrow. We Germans have lost a father figure. Helmut Schmidt had a profound impact on us and our country. [...]"
Statement by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the death of Helmut Schmidt
Far away from the big cities, in the west corner of Texas, located in the high desert of the Trans-Pecos you can find the small town Marfa. Marfa for a long time was a military base. 186 German prisoners of war were detained at the air base between 1943 and 1946. Two of these prisoners, Hans Jürgen Press and Robert Hampel, were asked to paint several murals in the Gala Dining Room and the Library of the military complex, after their artistic talent had been discovered.
German Murals in Marfa, TX