What is the integration course?
The integration course is a publicly subsidized German course, which is run on behalf of the Federal agency for migrants and refugees (Bundesamt für Migration and Flüchtlinge). The course consists of 600 45min units of language teaching and a 60 x 45min orientation course.
During the language element of the course, you will progress through the CEF language levels A1-B1.
The orientation course takes place after the language course, and provides an introduction to the German legal system, culture and history.
The integration course culminates in the “Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer“ language test (DTZ) . You will also take the ”Leben in Deutschland“test during the orientation test.
The volkshochschule stuttgart also offers general integration courses in a variety of formats; intensive, part time, supported slower progression courses, and literacy courses.
Who can take part in an integration course?
Immigrants who are required or permitted to take the integration course by the foreigners‘ office (Ausländerbehörde).
Immigrants who came to Germany before 2005 and are permanent residents of Germany; German and immigrants from the EU can also take part in an integration course. You can apply for permission to take an integration course at the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge. Further details can be found on www.bamf.de or here.
Participants who do not receive a government subsidy to take the course can still take part, but will need to pay the fees themselves.
How can I register?
Registration for the integration course needs to be done in person.
Free language level testing and advice sessions take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 16:00-18:00 in rooms F306/F307 at TREFFPUNKT Rotebühlplatz, Rotebühlplatz 28, 70173 Stuttgart.
What should I bring with me?
- If available, you should bring confirmation of your requirements/permission to take part in an integration course from the foreigners‘ office (Ausländerbehörde), federal agency for migrants and refugees (Bundesamt für Migration and Flüchtlinge) or jobseekers’ assistance scheme (Träger der Grundsicherung).
- Your passport
- If you receive welfare payments, please bring your most recent welfare assessment notice ( Leistungsbescheid über den Bezug von Leistungen nach dem Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB) II) which you received from the JobCenter.
What does the integration course cost?
- Participants who are either required or permitted to take the course pay €195 per language module (100 teaching units)
- Participants who are either required or permitted to take the course and have received a fee waiver (unemployment/welfare recipients) pay €0,00
- Participants who are not eligible for financial support pay €390
If you have successfully completed the integration course within the last two years, you can apply for a refund of 50% of the costs. The application form can be found on www.bamf.de/downloads
Once you have finished the integration course and passed the ”Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer“ and “Leben in Deutschland“ tests, you will receive confirmation of successful completion from the Bundesamt für Migration and Flüchtlinge.