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Learning German

New immigrants, including refugees and those who have lived here for a long time already and have German citizenship can attend an integration course.

The integration course has two parts with a total of 700 hours:

  • German course to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (600 hours)
  • Orientation course with an introduction to the political, social and historical framework of the Federal Republic of Germany (100 hours).

These courses are offered as full-time or part-time courses.

There are also special courses with a total of 1000 hours for parents and women with children in the form of literacy courses, remedial classes or as youth integration courses for participants up to the age of 27. Fast learners can attain proficiency in just 430 hours. Depending on the type of course and number of hours per week, an integration course usually lasts between six months and two years. Those who do not pass the language course exam have one opportunity to request to repeat 300 hours.

Participants usually have to pay their own contribution of 1.95 euros/hour at present; the rest is paid for by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). The travel costs are also covered from a certain distance from the location of the school. It is possible to be exempted from the costs by submitting a hardship application.

The Foreigners' Authority issues a certificate of eligibility to attend an integration course. In certain circumstances, immigrants may be made to attend an integration course by the Foreigners' Authority or the job center. You can find course providers at BAMF.

Please note: Not all providers are currently offering a course. Please inquire in the clearing house or with the provider directly.

You can obtain further information about integration courses:

  • in a personal consultation session offered by the Migration Contact Center
  • at www.bamf.de, "Welcome to Germany" menu item – Learning German (German, English, Turkish, Russian)

German courses in Ulm

After the integration course, you can further improve your German language skills at numerous language schools in Ulm and the surrounding area. You will usually have to pay for these courses yourself. In certain circumstances, employed people who work at least 15 hours a week and whose income does not exceed a certain level can avail themselves of what is known as the training credit. Further information about the training credit.

After language level B1, a wide variety of occupation-related German language classes are now offered via the "Comprehensive Language Program". You can obtain information about this, most importantly about who is able to attend the courses, from the employment agency, job center or information centers for the recognition of foreign educational qualifications. <br/> If there is no alternative means of funding, the City of Ulm will subsidize the cost of attending language courses (with your own contribution required in some instances) for holders of the Ulm LobbyCard.

To a certain extent, refugees are covered by separate provisions. More information about this can be found at www.fluechtlinge.ulm.de Ulm city library offers language course packs that can be borrowed (book, CD, etc.). There are now also numerous online classes. You can obtain further information about "language" from the Migration Contact Center or the employment agency/job center.



Petra Pfister
Tel. +49 731 161-5614
Fax +49 731 161-1680 



Eva Tsobanidis
Language courses for refugees)
Tel. +49 731 161-5613