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

"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.

Richard von Weizsäcker

On the loss of Richard von Weizsäcker

Germany is mourning the loss of Richard von Weizsäcker – a man, a politician and a statesman who did great things for the way Germany is seen throughout the world.

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Working, training and studying in Germany

Germany is an attractive immigration destination. This country is open to qualified professionals, students and researchers moving here from all over the world. 

Prof. Kaiser

Panel Discussion - Europe 25 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: What Kind of Future?

On the occasion of the 80th Birthday of Prof. Karl Kaiser, the Consul General of Germany, Rolf Schütte, and the Director of the Goethe-Institut Boston, Detlef Gericke, organized a panel discussion with four distinguished professors of Harvard University entitled “Europe 25 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: What Kind of Future?”

Recipients of the IVA

German Saturday School Honors Recipients of the German Language Certificate

At the German Saturday School’s Christmas party on December 13, 2014, German Consul General Rolf Schütte had the distinct pleasure of handing out language certificates to students who had successfully completed the Deutsches Sprachdiplom.

Costas Lake Decorated with the Order of the Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

On November 20, 2014, Mr. Costas Lake received the Order of the Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Consul General Rolf Schütte had the distinct honor of decorating Mr. Lake with this award in Hartford, Connecticut in the presence of family members, close friends and colleagues, and representatives of the German-American business community.

Michael Resler

Prof. Dr. Michael Resler Bestowed the Order of the Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

Last week, Consul General Rolf Schütte bestowed the Order of the Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany on Prof. Dr. Michael Resler in the presence of Dr. Resler’s close friends and colleagues.

CSU Delegation

Delegation of the German Parliamentary Group CDU/CSU in Boston

During their USA-tour, a delegation of the German parliamentary group CDU/CSU (Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union) paid a visit to Boston from October 28-30, 2014.

Sigmar Gabriel

German Vice Chancellor and Minister for Economic Affairs Lectures at Harvard

The Vice Chancellor and Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, conducted his first USA-tour last week, stopping in Boston and Cambridge from October 22-23, 2014.


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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.

German American Conference at Harvard

Tickets to attend the 8th annual German American Conference at Harvard are now on sale! The conference will take place October 30-31, 2015.

To watch a video about the conference, please click here

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