History

German-American Day

On October 6, we in the US celebrate National German-American Day! In 1683 the first thirteen German families settled in Pennsylvania where they founded Germantown. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October 6 as a National Holiday in 1983 to celebrate and honor the 300th anniversary of German immigration and culture in […]

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Day of German Unity

Do you know that on October 3 Germany celebrates the Day of German Unity (Tag der Deutschen Einheit)? This national holiday commemorates the official German reunification in 1990 after it had been divided into East- and West-Germany in 1945. The fall of the Berlin Wall took place in 1989; in […]

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GIS German Language Classes for Children and Teenagers

Classes for children and teenagers are open for registration.  Hurry – Early Registration (you get a discount) ends on Sunday, December 12, 2021. We welcome all children and teenagers from the age of 5 to 16 years old interested in learning and exploring the language and culture of German-speaking countries. […]

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Five Exciting Online Workshops for Children and Teens during the Fall and Holidays

In addition to our popular German classes for children and teens, we have developed a great series of online workshops for the term. Take a look and sign up your children and teens as soon as possible. Workshops are limited to 10 participants.  The cost for each participant per workshop […]

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Apply Today for a Scholarship to Study in Germany

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program: Apply today for a scholarship to study abroad in Germany – it is a life-changing opportunity! Are you aware of the Congress-Bundestag Youth exchange (CBYX) program? Scholarships are provided for eligible high school students to spend an academic year attending a German school while living with […]

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Happy Thanksgiving – Our Teachers at the ACTFL Convention in Boston

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, and may you be together with your family and friends in harmony and gratitude! Last weekend Ute Hoefel and Barbara Olbricht of the German Institute for the Southwest had a chance to travel to Boston to attend the Annual Convention & World Language Expo 2016 of […]

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German Institute for the Southwest the only Accredited Goethe Testing Center in Houston

The German Institute for the Southwest (GIS) is the only fully accredited Goethe-Institut Testing Center (Goethe Prüfungszentrum) in Houston, Texas. We provide qualified language classes to teenagers and adults on all levels – beginning, intermediate, and advanced – that lead to the highly-recognized Goethe exams from levels A1 to C2. […]

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Karneval, Fasching, Fastnacht – Whatever you Call it, it’s Party Time in Germany

It is time to celebrate in Germany – again! Karneval or Fasching– also referred to as the “Fifth Season” is about to start, leading to its high points during carnival weekend, on Rosenmontag (the Monday before Ash Wednesday), and Faschingsdienstag (Fat Tuesday) until midnight, when Lent begins with Aschermittwoch (Ash […]

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