Language is the key to successful integration. The aim of integration courses is to help people make themselves understood in everyday life and participate in German society. For this reason, a minimum framework of state integration services was created at the beginning of 2005 with the entry of the Immigration Act. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees known as BAMF (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge) offers official information on Integration Courses to learn German.
Here at SprachHaus we pride ourselves in our family-like friendly atmosphere. We welcome everyone and can provide assistance in many languages. It is important to us that our participants are not only offered a language course, but that we are able to accompany them on their path through different instances. We can inform them of the conditions for approval, provide guidance in completing registration formalities before and during the language course and to help with administrative and linguistic difficulties.
We offer in advance:
Placement tests are offered if participant(s) have any prior knowledge of the German language. On the spot advice and assistance with registration and information brochures in various languages.
We offer courses:
In small groups (usually: 8-12 participants/possible up to 20 per course) with qualified and dedicated language trainers our integration courses are provided at different locations. We aim to offer courses not only by knowledge but also by learning pace and target groups (eg women, parents and literacy courses).
Who can participate:
The Residence Act regulates whether an immigrant may attend an integration course or even whether he can be obliged to attend (sec. 44 and 44a of the Residence Act (AufenthG), section 11 subs. 1 of the Act on Freedom of Movement within the EU (FreizügG EU) and sec. 9 subs. 1 of the Federal Act on Expellees (BVFG)). The legislature differentiates here between foreign nationals, citizens of the European Union, ethnic German repatriates and German nationals. As a rule, attendees must contribute to the costs of an integration course by paying one euro per lesson. It is possible to gain exemption from the obligation to contribute towards costs.
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) is responsible for the formal structure and content of the integration courses. In agreement with the Evaluation Commission, it has also developed concepts for the general language course and the special courses, and specified and established basic structures and course content for these.
Course providers and teachers
The BAMF appoints private and public providers to run the integration course. Currently, approximately 1,450 integration course providers in Germany have been authorised by the BAMF to run integration courses. The teachers who teach on the integration course must have completed a degree in "German as a foreign language" or "German as a second language" or have acquired the qualification through special further training.
Direct and local: BAMF’s regional offices
The regional offices of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees coordinate integration courses locally. There is at least one regional office in every Federal Land. The regional offices are responsible for authorising course providers and attendees (§ 44, para. 4 of the AufenthG). In addition, they monitor the proper implementation of courses and process all the attendees’ applications.
The employees at the BAMF’s headquarters in Nuremberg develop the specialist guidelines, process individual cases, and draw up instructions for processing. In addition, the headquarters is also responsible for authorising teaching staff for the courses.
Links with further information from the BAMF: