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The Goethe-Institut
(German: [ˈɡøːtə ɪnstiˈtuːt], GI, "English: Goethe Institute") is a non-profit German cultural association operational worldwide with 159 institutes, promoting the study of the German language
German language
abroad and encouraging international cultural exchange and relations. The Goethe-Institut
fosters knowledge about Germany
by providing information on German culture, society and politics. This includes the exchange of films, music, theatre, and literature. Goethe cultural societies, reading rooms, and exam and language centers have played a role in the cultural and educational policies of Germany
for more than 60 years.[1] It is named after German poet and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The Goethe-Institut
e.V. is autonomous and politically independent. Partners of the institute and its centers are public and private cultural institutions, the federal states, local authorities and the world of commerce. Much of the Goethe-Institut's overall budget consists of yearly grants from the German Foreign Office and the German Press Office. The relationship with the Foreign Office is governed by general agreement. Self-generated income and contributions from sponsors and patrons, partners and friends broaden the scope of the work of the Goethe-Institut.


1 History 2 Organization 3 Locations by country 4 Online 5 Exams 6 Awards given

6.1 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize 6.2 Goethe Medal

7 Recognition 8 See also 9 References 10 External links


1951: The Goethe-Institut
was founded as successor to the German Academy (Deutsche Akademie/DA), which was founded in 1925. Its first task was to provide further training for foreign German teachers in Germany. 1953: The first language courses run by the Goethe-Institut
began in Bad Reichenhall. Due to growing demand, new centres of learning were opened in Murnau and Kochel, the focus of selection being on towns which were small and idyllic and which showed post-war Germany
at its best. Lessons were taught from the first textbook developed by the Goethe-Institut, the now legendary "Schulz-Griesbach". 1953–55: The first foreign lectureships of what was the German Academy were taken on by the Goethe-Institut. Responsibilities include German tuition, teacher training and providing a program of cultural events to accompany courses. 1959–60: On the initiative of the head of the arts sector of the Foreign Office, Dieter Sattler, the Goethe-Institut
gradually took over all of the German cultural institutes abroad. 1968: Influenced by the student revolts of the late 1960s the Goethe-Institut
readjusted its program of cultural events to include socio-political topics and avant-garde art. 1970: Acting on behalf of the Foreign Office, Ralf Dahrendorf developed his "guiding principles for foreign cultural policy". Cultural work involving dialog and partnership was declared the third pillar of German foreign policy. During the Willy Brandt era, the concept of "extended culture" formed the basis of activities at the Goethe-Institut. 1976: The Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut
signed a general agreement governing the status of the Goethe-Institut, henceforth an independent cultural organization. 1980: A new concept regarding the location of institutes within Germany
was drawn up. Places of instruction in small towns, mostly in Bavaria, were replaced by institutes in cities and university towns. 1989/90: The fall of the Berlin Wall marked a turning point for the Goethe-Institut. Its activities in the 1990s were centred on Eastern Europe. Numerous new institutes were set up as a result. 2001: The Goethe-Institut
merges with Inter Nationes. 2004: The Goethe-Institut
established the first Western information centre in Pyongyang, North Korea (closed in 2009).[2] The Goethe-Institut
Inter Nationes also reverted to its original and official name, Goethe-Institut
(GI). 2005: The Goethe-Institut
was honored with the Prince-of-Asturias Prize of Spain. 2007: For the first time in more than ten years, the German parliament increased the funds of the Goethe-Institut. 2010: Bruno Bozzetto
Bruno Bozzetto
created a new Goethe-Institut
film named "Va Bene". 2014: A Myanmar Goethe-Institut


Goethe Institut headquarters, Munich

The Goethe-Institut
is mainly financed by the national government of Germany, and has around 3,000 employees and an overall budget of approximately 366 million euros at its disposal, more than half of which is generated from language course tuition and examination fees. The Goethe-Institut
offers scholarships, including tuition waiver, to students from foreign countries, who want to become teachers of German. One of the selection criteria for these scholarships is social or financial need. The Goethe-Institut
has its headquarters in Munich. Its president is Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, the General Secretary Johannes Ebert; Financial Manager Dr. Bruno Gross. Locations by country[edit] Main article: List of Goethe-Institut

Old Goethe Institut building located on Tonalá Street in Colonia Roma in Mexico City
Mexico City
(It has been remodeled)

In Ghana, Togo
and Cameroon, the Goethe-Institut
opens its first African branches in 1961.[3] In Bangladesh, the Goethe-Institut
opened at Gladstone House, 80 Motijheel Commercial Area in Dhaka
in 1961. The institut was relocated into its present premises in Dhanmondi (House No. 23, Road No. 02) in 1967.[4] In Lebanon, the Goethe-Institut
operates in Rue Gemmayze (one of Beirut's most renowned streets), facing Collège du Sacré Cœur, with a remarkable number of students. In Iran, the Goethe-Institut
opened in Tehran
in 1958, but was forced to close in 1981 in a diplomatic row between the host country and Germany; the institut reopened under the German embassy in Tehran
as a "point for dialogue." In Pakistan, Goethe-Institut
has two branches. The Karachi
branch is located at Brunton Road, Civil Lines, near the Chief Minister's Residence. It is located in an old bungalow. The Lahore
chapter of the Goethe-Institut
is named " Annemarie Schimmel
Annemarie Schimmel
Haus", in honour of the well-known German Orientalist and scholar, who wrote extensively on Islam and Sufism; the Annemarie-Schimmel-Haus shares its premises with the Alliance française
Alliance française
(AF), and together they organise joint cultural events.[5] The Instituts in India
are called Max Mueller Bhavans, in honour of the German philologist and Indologist Max Müller. In Indonesia, there are two Goethe-Institut: in Jakarta
and Bandung, and a Goethe-Zentrum in Surabaya. In Kenya, there is a Goethe-Institut, formerly the German Cultural Center, located in the headquarters of the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake building. The Goethe-Institut
is adjacent to the Alliance Française in Nairobi.[6] In the Philippines, a Goethe-Institut
is currently located at Makati City where it was moved from its former location in Quezon City. In the US, there are several Goethe-Instituts including the Goethe-Institut, New York. In Britain the Goethe-Institut
has a flagship presence in London's South Kensington
South Kensington
area and other offices in Glasgow
and in Kentish Town in North London.

Online[edit] The Goethe-Institut
offers e-learning courses as well.[7] Exams[edit] The institute has developed a series of exams for learners of German as a foreign language (Deutsch als Fremdsprache, DaF) at all levels: A1 up to C2. These can be taken both in Germany
and abroad, and have been adapted to fit into the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFL), the standard for European language testing. There is also one exam, the Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom, which is at a higher level than the highest CEFL level.[8] Below is a table of the basic Goethe-Institut
exams as they fit into the scheme:[9]

CEFL level Goethe-Institut
exam Instructional hours (45 minutes) needed

C2 Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom 1,000

C1 Goethe-Zertifikat C1 (Prüfung Wirtschaftsdeutsch) 800–1,000 (both)

B2 Goethe-Zertifikat B2 ( Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf) 600–800

B1 Goethe-Zertifikat B1 (Zertifikat Deutsch) 350–650

A2 Goethe-Zertifikat A2 200–350

A1 Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 80–200

In 2000, the Goethe-Institut
helped to found the Society for Academic Test Development (Gesellschaft für Akademische Testentwicklung e.V.). The resulting TestDaF exams are run by the TestDaF-Institut in Hagen. The tests are supported by the German Academic Exchange Service
German Academic Exchange Service
(DAAD) and are aimed at people who would like to study at German universities, academics and scientists. The TestDaF can be taken in Germany
as well as in 65 other countries. Awards given[edit] Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize[edit] Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize is an annual literary prize honoring an outstanding literary translation from German into English published in the USA the previous year.[10] The translator of the winning translation receives $10,000 and a stay at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (LCB).[10] The prize was established in 1996, and is funded by the German government. It was administered by the Goethe-Institut, Chicago until 2014. Since 2015, the prize has been administered by the Goethe-Institut
New York.[10] Prize recipients have included:

1996 John E. Woods for Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain
The Magic Mountain
(Der Zauberberg) and Arno Schmidt's Nobodaddy's Children (Nobodaddy's Kinder) 1997 Leila Vennewitz for Jurek Becker's Jacob the Liar
Jacob the Liar
(Jakob der Lügner) 1998 John Brownjohn for Thomas Brussig's Heroes Like Us (Helden wie wir) 1999 Joel Agee for Heinrich von Kleist's play Penthesilea 2000 Michael Hofmann for Joseph Roth's novel Rebellion (Die Rebellion) 2001 Krishna Winston for Günter Grass's novel Too Far Afield 2002 Anthea Bell for W. G. Sebald’s novel Austerlitz 2003 Margot Bettauer Dembo for Judith Hermann's Summerhouse, later (Sommerhaus, Später) 2004 Breon Mitchell for Uwe Timm’s novel Morenga 2005 Michael Henry Heim for Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice
Death in Venice
(Der Tod in Venedig) 2006 Susan Bernofsky
Susan Bernofsky
for Jenny Erpenbeck’s The Old Child & Other Stories (Geschichte vom alten Kind) 2007 Peter Constantine
Peter Constantine
for Benjamin Lebert's The Bird is a Raven (Der Vogel ist ein Rabe) 2008 David Dollenmayer for Moses Rosenkranz’ Childhood. An Autobiographical Fragment (Kindheit. Fragment einer Autobiographie) 2009 John Hargraves for Michael Krüger's The Executor – A Comedy of Letters (Turiner Komödie) 2010 Ross Benjamin for Michael Maar’s Speak, Nabokov 2011 Jean M. Snook for Gert Jonke's The Distant Sound[11][12] 2012 Burton Pike for Gerhard Meier's Isle of the Dead[13] 2013 Philip Boehm for Gregor von Rezzori's An Ermine in Czernopol[14] 2014 Shelley Frisch for Reiner Stach's Kafka: The Years of Insight[15] 2015 Catherine Schelbert for Hugo Ball's Flametti, or The Dandyism of the Poor[16] 2016 Daniel Bowles for Christian Kracht's Imperium[17] 2017 Charlotte Collins for Robert Seethaler's A Whole Life

Goethe Medal[edit] Once a year, the Goethe-Institut
awards the Goethe Medal, an official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany. It honours foreign personalities who have performed outstanding service for the German language and international cultural relations. The Goethe Medal
Goethe Medal
was established by the executive committee of the Goethe-Institut
in 1954 and acknowledged as an official decoration by the Federal Republic of Germany
in 1975. Recognition[edit] In 2005, along with the Alliance française, the Società Dante Alighieri, the British Council, the Instituto Cervantes, and the Instituto Camões, the Goethe-Institut
was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for achievements in communications and the humanities. In 2007, it received a special Konrad Duden
Konrad Duden
Prize for its work in the field of German language.[18] See also[edit]

German American Partnership Program Goethe Medal German Australian Hallo aus Berlin Cultural Diplomacy Public diplomacy British Council Alliance Française


^ Goethe-Institut
looks back on 60 years of cultural exchange, 29 August 2011, Deutsche Welle, accessed 9 May 2012. ^ Goethe-Institut
to close center in North Korea on censorship claim, 26 November 2009, Deutsche Welle, accessed 9 May 2012. ^ [1] Archived 14 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine. ^ http://www.goethe.de/ins/bd/dha/uun/gi/ch/enindex.htm ^ " Goethe-Institut
to start Tiruchi centre next year". The Hindu. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2012.  ^ "Contact and opening hours - Goethe-Institut
Kenia". www.goethe.de. Retrieved 2018-02-20.  ^ John George. "Deutsche Sprache - Goethe-Institut". Goethe.de. Retrieved 2015-05-26.  ^ " Goethe-Institut
launches Tiruchi Centre". The Hindu. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2012.  ^ "Deutschprüfungen – Unsere Prüfungen – Goethe-Institut". Goethe.de. Retrieved 2015-05-26.  ^ a b c Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize, official site. ^ "Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize 2011". WBEZ. 13 June 2011. Archived from the original on 27 June 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2012.  ^ Chad W. Post (20 May 2011). "2011 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize". Three Percent (Rochester University). Retrieved 27 September 2012.  ^ "Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize 2012". WBEZ. 11 June 2012. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012.  ^ "Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize 2013". Goethe Institut. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013.  ^ "Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize 2014". Goethe Institut. 5 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.  ^ "Catherine Schelbert, Prize Recipient 2015". Goethe Institut. May 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2015.  ^ "Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize". Goethe-Institut. May 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2015.  ^ 06.03.2007: Goethe-Institut
erhält Konrad-Duden-Sonderpreis (in German)

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons
has media related to: Goethe-Institut

Official website Yearbook App 2013 (in German)

List of locations from the Goethe-Institut
web site (in German and English) Learning German with the Goethe-Institut Learning German in Germany
– German courses and exams - Goethe-Institut
in Germany

TestDaF website

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Erlkönig Ganymed Gingo biloba Heidenröslein Hermann and Dorothea Der König in Thule Marienbad Elegy Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt Prometheus Roman Elegies The Sorcerer's Apprentice Welcome and Farewell Wanderer's Nightsong West–östlicher Divan Xenien


Der Bürgergeneral Clavigo Faust

Faust I Faust II

Egmont Erwin und Elmire Götz von Berlichingen Iphigenia in Tauris The Natural Daughter Torquato Tasso


Elective Affinities The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily The Sorrows of Young Werther Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship Wilhelm Meister's Journeyman Years


Dichtung und Wahrheit Italian Journey



Natural sciences

Metamorphosis of Plants Theory of Colours

colour wheel


Gespräche mit Goethe


Bibliography Christine Vulpius (wife) Katharina Elisabeth Goethe
Katharina Elisabeth Goethe
(mother) Goethean science Weimar Classicism Goethe-Institut

Goethe Medal

Goethe House
Goethe House
in Weimar

National museum

House and museum (Frankfurt) Goethe-Gesellschaft Goethe Monument (Berlin) Goethe–Schiller Monument
Goethe–Schiller Monument
(Weimar) Goethe–Schiller Monument
Goethe–Schiller Monument
(Milwaukee) Goethe Prize Goethe Society of North America Goetheanum Young Goethe in Love
Young Goethe in Love
(2010 film)

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International cultural promotion organisations


Brazil: Brazilian Cultural Center Colombia: Instituto Caro y Cuervo United States: Amerika Haus


China: Confucius Institute India: Indian Council for Cultural Relations Japan: Japan Foundation Philippines: Sentro Rizal South Korea: Korea Foundation; Korean Cultural Center; King Sejong Institute Taiwan: Taiwan Academy


Andorra: Ramon Llull Foundation Czech Republic: Czech Centres Denmark: Danish Cultural Institute Estonia: Estonian Institute European Union: EUNIC Finland: Finnish cultural and academic institutes France: Alliance Française; Institut Français Germany: Goethe-Institut Greece: Center for the Greek Language; Hellenic Foundation for Culture Hungary: Balassi Institute Italy: Società Dante Alighieri; Istituto Italiano di Cultura Poland: Adam Mickiewicz Institute Portugal: Instituto Camões Romania: Romanian Cultural Institute Russia: Russkiy Mir Foundation Spain: Instituto Cervantes Switzerland: Pro Helvetia Sweden: Swedish Institute Turkey: Yunus Emre Institute United Kingdom: British Council

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