The Goethe-Institut (GI, English: Goethe Institute) is a non-profit German cultural association. It has 159 branches worldwide. Its goal is to promote the study of the German language abroad, and encourage international cultural exchange and relations. The GI was founded in 1951. It is named after German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
The institute has developed a series of exams for learners of German as a foreign language (Deutsch als Fremdsprache, DaF). The series includes all levels: A1 up to C2. In addition there is the Green diploma to acquire and prove German as a foreign language teaching qualifications.