Arrival, Integration Courses and Language Support

Arrival, Integration Courses and Language Support    

The Federal Government would like to make it easier for you to arrive and feel at home in Germany. To this end, there is a range of offers open to you, even if it is not yet clear how long you will stay in Germany. An integration course will help you to find your way around in Germany: You will learn the German language and the most important things about German history, culture and the legal system. You will find applications and everything you need to know on this page.

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What are the requirements for participating in an integration course?openMinimise

What are the admission requirements for the integration course? What documents do I need?openMinimise

Do I have to pay for the integration course?openMinimise

Can I apply for a subsidy for travel costs?openMinimise

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How to apply for an integration course

Step 1: You must apply for permission to enrol in an integration course.

You can apply at the regional branch of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) responsible for the area where you are living.

Or you can contact an educational institution which offers integration courses. They will help you fill out and submit the application form. You can apply by post or online.

Applying online

To apply online, click on the link below. You will be guided through each step in the application process.

To apply online, you will need an identity document in electronic form in order to authenticate your identity with bund ID:

  • electronic residence permit
  • EU identity card with online ID function
  • German identity card with online ID function

Apply online for permission to enrol in an integration course

Apply online for financial aid for travel expenses

If you don’t have any of these documents in electronic form, you can apply by filling out the form and sending it by post.

Applying by post

You can either fill out the form on the BAMF website, then print it out and sign it,

Apply offline for permission to enrol in an integration course

Apply offline for financial aid for travel expenses

or

  • you can download the form from the BAMF website, print it out first, then fill it in and sign it.

PDF Application for permission to enrol in an integration course PDF, 107 KB, not barrier-free
PDF Application for financial aid for travel expenses PDF, 84 KB, not barrier-free

  • Send the completed and signed form with copies of the necessary documents to the BAMF regional office responsible for the area where you are living.  
    Find a BAMF regional office in your area
  • BAMF will examine your application and will contact you if any questions arise or if any documents are missing.
  • BAMF will then send you a letter in the post with permission to enrol in an integration course. You should take this letter as soon as possible to an educational institution offering integration courses so that you can enrol.

Step 2: Contact an educational institution which offers integration courses.

  • If your application for permission to enrol in an integration course was accepted, BAMF will send you a letter in the post with permission to enrol.
  • Take this letter as soon as possible to an educational institution offering integration courses near you.

Find an educational institution

  • Show the educational institution your permission to enrol. They will help you choose an appropriate course. They will also tell you when the next course starts.

Links
Find BAMF regional offices, integration courses and course locations

Information from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees on services for new arrivals and language learning for people fleeing Ukraine

Germany4Ukraine – Digital application – filling in help  PDF, 338 KB, not barrier-free Germany4Ukraine – Digital application – filling in help  PDF, 338 KB, not barrier-free

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