Integration-courses

Integration course

An integration course will help you find your way in Germany: you will learn German and the most important facts about Germany’s history, culture and legal system. On this page you will find application forms and everything you need to know about them.

Informationen zu Integrationskursen erhalten Sie hier

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What is an integration course?

Language is the key to integration. Learning German is important if you would like to stay in Germany for the long term. And you should know some things about Germany and German society, such as our history, culture and legal system. You can learn about these things in an integration course.

Every integration course is made up of a language course and an orientation course.

  • In the language course, you will learn the vocabulary you need for all the important areas of daily life and work, for example shopping, using public transport, communicating with government authorities, looking for a flat, spending free time with friends and neighbours, and dealing with everyday situations. You will learn how to write letters in German, how to fill out forms, make telephone calls or apply for a job. The topics vary depending on what kind of course you attend. For example, the integration courses for parents focus on topics that are of special interest to parents, such as schools and childcare in Germany.
  • In the orientation course, you will get to know Germany and learn the most important facts about Germany’s laws, politics, culture and recent history.

Before you can take an integration course, you must complete a placement test. The placement test determines what language skills you already have and which of the following courses is best suited to your personal situation:

  • General integration course: This course is made up of 600 hours of language instruction and 100 hours of instruction in the orientation course
  • Special integration course: This course is made up of 900 hours of language instruction and 100 hours of instruction in the orientation course. There are intensive courses designed specifically for
    • women,
    • parents,
    • young adults who are no longer required to go to school (youth integration course),
    • immigrants who do not have sufficient reading or writing skills in any language (literacy course),
    • people who are literate but have not learned the Latin alphabet,
    • people who need additional language instruction (remedial courses), and
    • people with a disability (for example, the hearing or vision impaired).
  • Intensive course: If you learn new languages easily and are confident you can complete the course successfully in less time than the regular course, the intensive course may be the right choice for you. The intensive course is made up of 400 hours of language instruction and 30 hours of instruction in the orientation course.

Integration courses are provided by approved educational institutions. The courses can be taken full-time or part-time.

Do I have to pay for the integration course?

In general, refugees from Ukraine can enrol in an integration course free of charge.

However, the integration course is no longer free of charge if you

  • are no longer receiving benefits under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act (Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz, AsylbLG), or
  • are no longer receiving basic security benefits for job seekers (Grundsicherung für Arbeitssuchende).

Can I get help with my travel expenses?

Yes, if you are taking an integration course and have to pay to travel to the course, you can apply for financial aid to cover your travel expenses if you would have to walk at least three kilometres to get to the course.

What are the requirements for enrolling in an integration course? What documents do I need?

As a refugee with Ukrainian citizenship, you need a residence permit or temporary residence permit (Fiktionsbescheinigung) from the foreigners authority.

Please enclose a copy of your permit with your application. If you apply online, please upload a copy of your permit.

How does the integration course end?

At the end of the language course, you will take a German language test for immigrants (Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer, DTZ). The orientation course ends with a test on life in Germany. If you pass the language test with a grade of B1 and pass the test on life in Germany, you will receive a certificate to show that you have successfully completed the integration course (Zertifikat Integrationskurs). If you wish to become a naturalised German citizen, this certificate may help.

I can’t find any childcare for my children. Do course providers offer childcare?

If you have no other options, childcare may be provided directly at the educational institution where you take the integration course.

That is the purpose of the federal programme “Integrationskurs mit Kind: Bausteine für die Zukunft” (Integration course with a child: building blocks for the future). This programme funds childcare for children who are too young to go to school and whose parents are attending an integration course. The programme supports different kinds of childcare depending on your needs, how many other children need childcare and how many childcare workers are available. The educational institution where you are taking an integration course can apply for support on your behalf.

More on the topic “Family and Child”

Fact sheet in Ukrainian (PDF) PDF, 159 KB, not barrier-free

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

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, 745 KB, not barrier-free

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