German Consulate General Boston

Welcome to Boston!

Welcome to the website of the German Consulate General Boston. Here you will find information on Germany, the consular services we provide in our Visa, Passport, and Legal section, and Germany-related news and events in our area. We offer a wide spectrum of information, including details on traveling, studying, and doing business in Germany. Our German language website features information and news relevant to German citizens. The Consulate General’s area of jurisdiction covers Connecticut (except Fairfield County), Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont


One-time Payment to Former Soviet Prisoners of War

On May 21, 2015, the German Bundestag decided that former members of the Soviet armed forces who were detained as prisoners of war by Germany are eligible to receive a one-time symbolic payment in recognition of their treatment in German detention.

Trade representatives

Western MA has a lot to offer

On Tuesday, trade representatives from over 15 countries visited high-tech economy locations around Western MA.


Germany's Digital Economy Ranks Sixth in the World

Germany ranks sixth in the DIGITAL Index, an international comparison of 10 leading digital economies, with 53 out of 100 possible index points.

Helmut Schmidt / official portrait 1985

Statement by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the death of Helmut Schmidt

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. [...]"

German Bio Geeks Boston and the German Accelerator

Last week, Deputy Consul General Helmut Landes informed members of the "German Bio Geeks Boston" on the recently established German Accelerator Life Sciences in Cambridge.

German Accelerator for Life Sciences Launches in Boston

The German Accelerator Life Sciences (GALS), a growth acceleration program for German life sciences companies and an initiative by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, has opened its doors in Cambridge/Boston.


"Wagner and His Women" Lecture

On October 22, 2015, the German Consulate General sponsored a lecture at the Goethe-Institut on “Wagner and His Women” organized by the German Academic International Network (GAIN) in Boston.

Deputy Consul General Attends Prisoners of War Annual Remembrance Ceremony

Deputy Consul General Helmut Landes, Italian Deputy Consul General Luigi Manno, LTC Commander Charlette K. Woodward, and veterans and members of the Associated German Societies of New England honored prisoners of war in Fort Devens this weekend.

Investing in Germany

On Thursday October 15, 2015 industry experts discussed challenges and opportunities for US-investors in Germany with Marian LeMay from the German American Business Council and Deputy Consul General Helmut Landes from the German Consulate General.

25 Years of German Unity

25 Years of German Unity Celebration

On October 3, 2015, Consul General Mr. Ralf Horlemann, his wife Mrs. Bianca Horlemann, and keynote speaker Mr. Jürgen Hardt, Coordinator for Transatlantic Cooperation of the German Government, celebrated 25 Years of German Unity with a festive evening reception at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA.

"The Strawberry Girl"

Consul General Horlemann attends “The Strawberry Girl” at Boston College

On Wednesday evening, the Consul General of Germany, Ralf Horlemann, attended Israeli Stage’s performance of “The Strawberry Girl” at Boston College and participated in a talk back with the audience.

Deputy Consul General Joins "Deutsche Woche at Bar Harbor"

German Deputy Consul General Helmut Landes visited Bar Harbor, Maine to join in on the last two days of “Deutsche Woche at Bar Harbor,” a week-long summer immersion program designed for German teachers at all levels of instruction.

Police Delegation

Hamburg Police Delegation Visits Boston

From June 25-26, 2015, Hamburg State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior and Sport Christoph Holstein and Hamburg Police Commissioner Ralf Martin Meyer visited the City of Boston with other representatives of the Hamburg Police Department.

Deputy Consul General

“The Future of Israeli-German Relations” Panel Discussion

Yesterday evening at the Goethe-Institut Boston, the Consulates General of Germany and Israel, in partnership with Action Reconciliation Service for Peace and AJC, hosted a panel discussion on “The Future of Israeli-German Relations” in celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel.

Dietmar Rieg and Susanne Rehse

German American Smart Buildings Symposium at MIT

On June 16, 2015, the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GACC), as part of its International Sustainability Series, hosted the German American Smart Buildings Symposium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, MA.

Biotech Summer Cocktail Reception at the German Consulate General

Last week, on June 5, 2015, Acting Consul General of Germany Helmut Landes, GABC President Erik Dilger, and German Consulate General Scientific Liaison Officer Peter-Paul Henze, PhD, MBA hosted a private cocktail reception for 50 of Boston’s most important biotech individuals.

ELAG Reception Promotes European Language Learning

Before the school year comes to a close, policy makers and education officials from the greater Boston area took advantage of the chance to discuss the need for second language education. At the invitation of the European Languages Advocacy Group – New England (ELAG), about 90 superintendents, world language supervisors, and supporters of foreign language education met on May 13, 2015 at the Goethe-Institut in Boston.

Au Revoir, Consul General Schütte

On Monday evening at the Goethe-Institut, Consul General Rolf Schütte celebrated his past three years as Consul General of New England with more than 100 close friends and colleagues.

German-Israeli Anniversary Year

Consuls General of Germany and Israel & AJC Celebrate 50 Years of German-Israeli Diplomatic Relations

On Monday evening at Hebrew College in Newton, MA, the Consul General of Germany in New England, Rolf Schütte, the Consul General of Israel in New England, Yehuda Yaakov, and the President of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Boston, Mel Shuman,  hosted a program entitled “A Miraculous Transformation: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of German-Israeli Diplomatic Relations.”

Rolf Schütte and Yael Reuveny

Film Screening of “Farewell Herr Schwarz” Co-Sponsored by German Consulate

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Germany and Israel, the Consulate General of Germany in Boston, the Consulate General of Israel to New England, and the Goethe-Institut Boston co-sponsored a screening of “Farewell Herr Schwarz” (“Schnee von Gestern”) at the West Newton Cinema on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

Internationales Parlamentsstipendium (IPS)

International Parliamentary Scholarship Applications Open

The German Bundestag invites you, in cooperation with the with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin to to apply for an International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) to spend five months in Berlin.

Portrait of Günter Grass (1927 - 2015)

Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the death of Günter Grass

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement on the 13th of April in response to news that Günter Grass had passed away: In Günter Grass, Germany has lost one of its true greats today.

The exhibit is on display until April 3, 2015.

"Jewish Life in Germany Today" Exhibition Opening Ceremony

German Consul General Rolf Schütte officially opened the “Jewish Life in Germany Today” exhibition at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA on Tuesday. The exhibit features 25 large-scale panels that tell the stories of Jewish authors, rabbis, entrepreneurs, students, and community members who live in Germany today.

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Flight 4U9525: German Government Reacts to Tragic News of Crash

Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her deep shock at the tragic news of the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525. The flight, bound for Düsseldorf from Barcelona, was carrying 144 passengers and 6 crewmembers when it went down in the southern France on Tuesday morning.

Germany Trade and Invest

Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)

Germany Trade and Invest is the foreign trade and inward investment agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. Germany Trade and Invest’s mission is to promote Germany as a location for industrial and technological investments and to identify investors for the German market.

Rededication of the Israel Arbeiter Gallery of Understanding

Rededication of the Israel Arbeiter Gallery of Understanding

On Sunday, February 1, 2015, German Consul General Rolf Schütte, in the presence of Israel and Anna Arbeiter, delivered  remarks at the rededication of the Israel Arbeiter Gallery of Understanding at Gann Academy.


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Closed - Thanksgiving


The Consulate will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2015 in observance of Thanksgiving.

We Are Hiring!

Das Generalkonsulat der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Boston sucht zunächst befristet für ein Jahr ab dem 01.01.2016 eine Mitarbeiterin / einen Mitarbeiter mit Deutsch und Englisch auf C2-Niveau entsprechend dem gemeinsamen Europäischen Referenzrahmen (GeR) sowie ausgeprägten Kenntnissen der Kultur- und Projektarbeit für das Kultur- und Pressereferat.

The Consul General

The German Consulate in Boston is headed by Consul General Ralf Horlemann.

Online Appointment System

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The German Consulate General in Boston advises that as of September 1, 2015 it is necessary to make an appointment in advance for all consular services. This concerns signature certifications, authentications, consular certifications, citizenship matters, family and name law matters, and other consular questions. More detailed information can be found in our appointment system. Appointments can only be booked online. For the application for German passports and visa it is also required to make an appointment in advance.

Event Calendar

Browse our regional calendar to find out which events are scheduled in the Greater Boston Area.

Recognition payments for former Soviet prisoners of war


On 21 May 2015, the German Bundestag decided that former Soviet prisoners of war were to receive symbolic recognition payments.

Alumniportal Deutschland

Alumniportal Deutschland is an editorially supported social online network, which sees itself as a service for all Germany-alumni as well as for companies, networks, organizations and institutes of higher education. A unique combination of topical and emotional services with a connection to Germany and an online community opens entirely new opportunities for maintaining contacts and networks.

German-Israeli Anniversary Year

German-Israeli Anniversary Year Enlarge image (© AA) Background information on the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Germany and Israel and the latest calendar of events can be found on the joint website for the anniversary year.

You can get involved in the social media discussion using the hashtag #IL50D

Cutting-edge research

Knowledge is considered one of the most important “raw materials” in our globalised world. When it comes to its production, Germany is an international leader. The special feature on cutting-edge research in the new issue of DE Magazin Deutschland contains articles, interviews and portraits that explain why Germany is an inviting place to do research and how internationalisation and networking are being promoted in the German research system. 

Promoting German-learning in the United States: the Netzwerk Sprachvergnügen

A good dictionary, or Wörterbuch, helps when studying German.

The "Netzwerk Sprachvergnügen" was founded by the German Embassy Washington to coordinate the efforts of the German and American institutions working to promote the German language in the United States. Funding is available for projects that directly or indirectly help spread or maintain German as a foreign language and achieve as wide a reach as possible.

iMOVE: Training - Made in Germany

Training - Made in Germany

iMOVE is an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to promote and facilitate global business and co-operation between German training providers and international public and private organisations. iMOVE is a section of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, providing collaboration opportunities and helping to establish contacts with high-ranking officials and individuals from the education sector. 

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German Chancellor Fellowship Programme

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Programme is targeted at university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil and India who have an international outlook and initial leadership experience.

US-Germany Alumni Organizations

Experiences and friendships to last a lifetime--that is what exchanges to Germany bring. Many organizations exist to cultivate these contacts, and develop new ones. Here we list a few.

Germany – always worth a visit!

Berchtesgaden mit Kehlsteinhaus, Salzbergwerk und Nationalpark

Planning a trip to Germany and looking to inform yourself before you go? The German National Tourist Board uses its website to provide extensive and well‑presented information about towns and cities, culture, events, leisure activities and business trips. Discover Destination Germany through the multimedia prism of

Transatlantic Climate Bridge

Transatlantic Climate Bridge

Learn more about the initiative and about German energy policy and the energy transition here.

Germany in Europe

Germany in Europe

Germany lies at the heart of Europe, and as one of the founding members of the EU, it plays an active part in modeling its present and future. In this campaign, we will take a closer look at how Germany's role has evolved over the century.

Skills Initiative

Skills Initiative

The Skills Initiative works to introduce the German style dual training system in the US.

Daily News from Germany -

Berliner Zeitungsmarkt

Please find here the daily news from Germany