Dear Friends of German Language and Culture,

We are delighted to inform you that we have founded the German Institute for the Southwest (GIS). GIS brings all things German to the Southwest of the United States. Our main mission is to promote and advance the German culture and language in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas; our home is in Houston.  We are certified by the Goethe-Institut, the official German cultural organization, and teach German as a second language to youths and adults in the Houston and Woodlands areas.

We strive to bring programs to the community that develop an appreciation of German language and literature, to awaken an interest in German culture and the present-day German way of life, and to cultivate mutual understanding between the people of German-speaking countries and those of the United States.

Some of our goals are to shape and revise the traditional image of Germany, to present contemporary German culture, and to foster the German language and culture within the American educational system. Our students learn more than a language, they learn to love and appreciate a culture.

From time to time we will have social gatherings to which you will be invited. Please feel free to surf our website, and contact us, if you have any questions or suggestions or just want to talk at

We currently teach German language classes for adults and teenagers. As the need arises, we will expand our language program. Learn more about our classes, and write to for registration.

We hope that you will join us during the next year, and wish you Happy Holidays and a great 2017 filled with health, happiness, and prosperity.

Baerbel Olbricht, M.Ed.
Angelika C. Schmidt-Lange, J.D.