We are a network of teaching experts supporting the teaching and learning of German in the US. We are engaged by the foreign ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany through its cultural and educational agencies.
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. To strengthen German programs at schools and universities (K — 16), the Goethe-Institut supports teachers, helps in motivating students to learn German, and cooperates with the educational authorities throughout the US. There are six US branch offices (Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington).
The CENTRAL AGENCY FOR SCHOOLS ABROAD (ZfA) is a body within the German Federal Office of Administration. It provides assistance and support to German schools and German departments at public schools all over the world. It conducts and evaluates language examinations (German Language Certificates) of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Federal States (KMK) in Germany.
Our network of German language consultants, employed by Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) and the Goethe-Institut, closely cooperates with other German public institutions and agencies. We work with the following organizations in order to support German language learning and teaching in the US:
The German Embassy in Washington, DC
The German Embassy in Washington, DC officially represents the government of the Federal Republic of Germany in the United States.
The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK)
The KMK is an instrument for the coordination and development of education in Germany. It is a consortium of public officials (Ministers, Secretaries) responsible for education and schooling, institutes of higher education and research and cultural affairs and in this capacity formulates the joint interests and objectives of all 16 German federal states.
The Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD)
The PAD of the Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK) is the sole public organization in Germany that works on behalf of the 16 German federal states to promote international exchange and cooperation in the school sector. Along with its other responsibilities, the PAD provides information and advice, links and supports people and educational institutions, and also designs and develops new exchange programs.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
The DAAD supports over 100,000 German and international students und researchers around the globe each year – making it the world’s largest funding organization of its kind.
The DAAD supports the internationalization of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, educational and developmental policy.