Goethe-Institut Washington

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The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. It aims at promoting the German language, fostering international cultural cooperation and conveying a comprehensive picture of Germany abroad by providing information on Germany's cultural, social and political life. The Goethe-Institut Washington organizes and supports cultural events that present German culture abroad and that further intercultural exchange. It is is responsible for providing cultural programs and pedagogical and language services.

German School Washington D.C.


The German School Washington D.C. (Deutsche Schule Washington), located in the picturesque town of Potomac, MD, has been teaching children from preschool through twelfth grade for over 50 years. Known for its strong focus on science and foreign languages, the school prides itself on its challenging German curriculum, taught in a truly international environment. The student body of over 500 is comprised of families from German-speaking countries who temporarily reside in the area for professional reasons, as well as local families with or without a German-speaking parent. The diplomas granted at the end of twelfth grade are the German International Abitur (DIA) and the U.S. High School Diploma. They provide our students access to universities in Europe, in the U.S., and all around the world. Alumni have been accepted to top universities around the world.

German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.

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The GHI is an independent institute dedicated to the promotion of historical research in the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany and to the dissemination of historical knowledge. They support and advise American and German historians and political scientists and encourage the cooperation between them. Since 2002, it has been part of the Stiftung Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland (DGIA), which is governed under public law and supervised by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT)

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RGIT is the liaison office of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) in Washington. RGIT represents the interests of the German business community vis-à-vis both the U.S. administration and the international organizations based in D.C. They report regularly on economically significant developments as well as legislative activities in the U.S. and provide their partners in the United States with information on German business.


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DIW DC, an affiliate of the economic research institute DIW Berlin, is a non-profit, independent research organization involved in socio-economic educational and research activities and policy advice. It provides US policymakers with economic expertise on Germany and Europe while promoting the transatlantic dialogue on issues of economic research and policy.

German American Chambers of Commerce

German American Chambers of Commerce

With a network of six offices and 2,500 member companies throughout the United States and Germany, the German American Chambers of Commerce offer a broad spectrum of activities and services. 

German American Chambers of Commerce

Friedrich-Ebert Foundation

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The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is a non-profit German political foundation committed to the advancement of public policy issues in the spirit of the basic values of social democracy through education, research, and international cooperation. Other important fields of interest are: the process of European integration, the advancement of the transatlantic relationship, and the reform of Global Governance. The foundation was founded in 1925 and is named after Friedrich Ebert, Germany’s first democratically elected president.

Konrad-Adenauer Foundation

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The foundation has been bearing the name of the first Federal Chancellor since 1964, having evolved from the Society for Christian Democratic Educational Work that was established in 1955. Around the world, the foundation operates 16 education institutes, one of them being in Washington D.C.. Along with the traditional central foreign and security policy component of the transatlantic activities, a new development policy element has been added to the D.C. office's duties.

Heinrich-Böll Foundation

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The Heinrich-Böll Foundation is a political non-profit organization striving to promote democracy, civil society, equality and a healthy environment internationally. It is affiliated with the German Green Party.  As a think-tank, they provide expertise on issues related to their mission and in promoting transatlantic exchange in their program areas. The Washington Office mainly specializes in Transatlantic Relations, Global Security and Foreign Policy and Global Environment and Sustainable Development.

Friedrich-Naumann Foundation

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The foundation is a nonprofit organization that is committed to promoting liberal policy and politics. It wants to contribute to the furtherance of the principle of freedom in human dignity in all sectors of society. For them, the goal of liberal policies is that all citizens may freely live together in an open society: the civic society. To create such an open society, they are guided by the principles of Liberalism and its message of tolerance and acceptance of diversity.

German Language Courses


The German Language School in Potomac, Maryland (GLC) provides all levels of German language study in a diverse, challenging, and nurturing environment. Courses for children ages 3 and up as well as for adults are offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The GLC is with over 500 students the largest German language school of its kind in the United States. Highly qualified teachers make learning German fun and meaningful through our curricular program. The German Language School offers several national and international German exams and is recognized by the American Association of Teachers of German as a Center of Excellence.

German-American Heritage Museum of the USA

German-American Heritage Foundation

The German-American Heritage Museum of the USA highlights the history of German immigration and migration across the United States via various exhibitions and events, while at the same time introducing modern Germany to an American audience. Located in downtown DC, it serves as both a local community center as well as a national home for German-Americans across the country.

German-American Sites in Washington, D.C.

The Goethe-Institut invites you to take a virtual tour of many of the sites in Washington's New Old Downtown that are related to German-American history here in the Nation's Capital. This Virtual Heritage Trail began as a contribution to the United States' and Germany's celebrations of the millennial year 2000. You are invited to stroll around the neighborhood, discover history behind the façades, and enjoy the evolving mixture of peoples, places, and styles that make the 7th Street Corridor the exciting place it is today.

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