Learn German

German is the most widely spoken language in Europe, with 100 million native speakers. Around 15.4 million people are currently learning German as a foreign language around the world. It is the second most commonly used scientific language as well as the language of literary mastery and philosophy. Knowledge of German opens up a whole world of opportunities, for jobs in Germany as well as in multinational companies, for specialist vocations like tourism, where German-speaking tourists are the world’s biggest spenders, and for advanced research and studies.

Millions of people around the world are learning German as a foreign language and one of the main centres is the Goethe-Institut, with its headoffice in Munich. The Institute runs 159 centres across 98 countries, besides the 13 centres within Germany. From extensive to super-intensive courses, professional courses and distance learning programmes, there are diverse options of learning, improving and continuing with the practice and use of German in everyday life.

A student in the library of Goethe Institute, New Delhi

10 reasons to learn German

Whatever plans you may have for the future, knowledge of German will increase your options. When you learn German you acquire a range of skills which can improve the quality of both your work and private life. 

Grünes Logo des Goethe-Instituts

Max Mueller Bhavan/Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Instituts  also known as Max Mueller Bhavans (MMBs) in India offer the best atmosphere for learning German. In addition to the standard courses for adults and teens, they also offer extensive courses or short term courses. Distance learning, blended learning as well as customised courses for companies are also on option. 

Schools: Partners for the Future

“Schools: Partners for the Future” is an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office. It aims to build and develop a network of partner schools worldwide in order to encourage young people to take an interest in Germany and give children access to German language and education. In India, currently there are 51 schools participating in the initiative.

Publishing in Germany

Publishing in Germany: An Overview

Germany boasts an extremely sophisticated and efficient publishing infrastructure that perfectly meets the needs of the entire reading public: people who read for pleasure, those with a thirst for knowledge, and academics and researchers.

Learn German

Learn German

Deutsch interaktiv

Our free interactive online German course is ideal for both beginners and those who have some previous knowledge of German. The 30-part self-study course covers levels A1 and B1 of the Common European Frame of References for Languages. [English Version]

Important Organizations (Mittlerorganisationen) in Germany’s Foreign Cultural Policy

Anyone interested in learning or teaching German, or studying or researching in Germany, is likely to encounter one or more of the so-called Mittlerorganisationen (Local German organizations), such as the Goethe-Institut, DAAD, or Central Agency for Schools Abroad. These quasi-autonomous non-governmental organizations are responsible for implementing Germany’s Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy. Though largely state-funded, they are independent in their governance. Learn more about the unique German Mittlerorganisationen below.

Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen (ZfA)

Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD)

Goethe Insitut

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)