Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration
Learning German Integration Courses
In integration courses specially developed for immigrants, you will learn to use the German language in everyday life. At the same time you will receive important information about your new home Germany.
Hamburg Welcome Portal – Living - Learning German – Integration Courses
Integration courses are a state offer subsidised by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. Each integration course consists of a language course and an orientation course.
The language course (normally 600 lessons, each of 45 minutes) imparts communication skills at the language level B1. That means, you can orientate yourself in everyday life and make yourself understood sufficiently.
The subsequent orientation course (normally 100 lessons, each of 45 minutes) covers for example history, culture and the political system of Germany.
Persons entitled to attend the integration course have to take a placement test first. The result will help identifying the course best fitting to your current knowledge (standard, intensive or special course). You must pay 1.95 Euro for every lesson of the integration course (in total 1,365 Euro for 700 lessons; exemption from costs is possible in particular cases).
The aim of the integration course is to enable you to pass the final examination. This consists of a language test and the test “Living in Germany”. If you pass the final examination at the end of the course successfully within two years after the Certificate of Eligibility to attend the course has been issued, you can apply for a refund of half of your course contribution.
Detailed information can be found on the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.
Courses for special target groups
- Integration courses for young adults
- Integration courses for parents or women
- Integration courses including literacy skills
- Catch-up courses for people who already live in Germany for some time but did not learn German properly yet.
German nationals and EU citizens do not have a legal entitlement to attend an integration course. However, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees can allow you to attend an integration course if you do not yet speak adequate German. So please ask them directly if there is a course with free places.
Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
Regional Branch Hamburg
Phone: +49 (40) 23501-0
Fax: +49 (40) 23501-199
Immigrants from non-EU countries fulfilling certain requirements (permanent residence in Germany, insufficient German skills) have a legal entitlement to attend an integration course. You can get a Certificate of Eligibility from the Foreigners Office relevant to you or from the Hamburg Welcome Center.
Hereafter you can choose a course provider in your area and present the Certificate of Eligibility to them. The provider will help you to select an integration course meeting your demands and will let you know when it is scheduled to begin.
Your residence permit needs to be still valid for at least one year (prospective duration of an entire integration course). Please note: EU Blue Card holders are not entitled by law to attend an integration course. Nevertheless you can be allowed to attend by way of exception – but only if there is a course with free places.