The Goethe-Institut is the German cultural institution which is operational worldwide.

The Goethe-Institut promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and nurtures international cultural cooperation. It also conveys a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in the country.

With the network of Goethe-Institute, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, German Dialogue Centres, reading rooms as well as examination and language learning centres, the institution has witnessed the major global challenges facing foreign cultural and education policy for over fifty years.

The Goethe-Institut works in partnerships, carrying out interdisciplinary projects which have a lasting effect. Its global network stands for supreme quality and direct contact. It provides access to knowledge and information about Germany and takes advantage of the opportunities afforded to it by means of intercultural dialogue in order to get significant developments from other regions of the world across to Germany.

The Goethe-Institut operates 136 institutes and 11 liaison offices in 92 countries. The individual institutes are assigned to a regional institute (e.g. Cairo for the North Africa/Middle East region) and provide language and cultural support as well as information specifically tailored to suit the institute's location. The Goethe-Institut’s headoffice is located in Munich and there are domestic institutes at a variety of locations throughout Germany.