Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration

Learning German Language Schools

Good German skills facilitate the start of your new life in Germany very much. That’s why many newcomers attend a language school.

Language Schools - Hamburg Welcome Portal

Please note that only certain language certificates are recognized when applying for a visa or a residence permit. More information can be found on the site: “Proof of German language knowledge

Commercial Schools

  • Language courses at commercial schools usually cost more than state-subsidised and non-profit courses.
  • Courses are offered in a variety of different locations and levels throughout Hamburg.
  • Commercial language schools can be found online in the internet business pages of Hamburg under the search term „Sprachschule / Fremdsprachen Hamburg“, for example.


  • The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s official cultural institution.
  • It encourages cultural exchange worldwide and also offers numerous German language courses tailored to your goals and preferences.
  • The Goethe-Institut offers intensive and evening courses from beginner to university level.
  • Courses start once a month or every other week and can be booked for any period from two weeks to a whole year.

Goethe-Institut Hamburg
Hühnerposten 1
20097 Hamburg
Phone:+49 (40) 238543-0
Fax: +49 (40) 238543-99

Adult Education Centre („Volkshochschule“)

  • This public adult education institution offers numerous courses on all kind of subjects, among these courses in German as a Foreign Language (also available as online courses)
  • The courses are usually scheduled in the evening and available at a very small fee.

Hamburger Volkshochschule
Schanzenstraße 77
20357 Hamburg
Phone: +49 (40) 42841-3238
Fax: +49 (40) 42841-3033