Where to Learn German


With 100 million native speakers, German is the most commonly-spoken language in Europe. Around the world, 15.4 million people learn German as a foreign language. There are many good reasons to study German, and many resources to help you gain fluency in the language of Goethe, Gauß, and Grönemeyer.

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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

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.

German Language School Conference

List of German Language Schools

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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.

List of German Language Schools

Learn German Online with Deutsche Welle!

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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!

Deutsche Welle: Learn German

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.

German Summer Schools in the USA

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