What is the integration course?
The integration courses are language courses aimed at all immigrants who speak little or no German and who will live in Germany permanently. They are carried out on behalf of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and funded with federal funds. Further information can be found at


Content of an integration course
Each integration course consists of a language course and an orientation course and leads to language level B1.
The language course usually lasts 600 units. People who do not speak the Latin alphabet can attend a literacy course with 1000 units. The acquisition of German language skills takes place on the basis of everyday content such as work and profession, shopping, living, health or offices and authorities.
The “German test for immigrants” is taken after the language course.
In the orientation course, which consists of 100 lessons and is attended after the language course, you get to know Germany. Knowledge of the German legal system, history and culture, the rights and obligations in Germany, the forms of coexistence in society and the values ??that are important in Germany are imparted. The orientation course concludes with the “Living in Germany” test.
If the language test is not passed, the integration course can be repeated with a total of 300 teaching hours.


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 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.


Withdrawal regulations
Withdrawal from a course: According to §16 AGB of the Volkshochschule Stuttgart, withdrawal must be made in writing at least 15 working days before the start of the course.
Withdrawal from an examination: Cancellation from a language examination is only possible up to the respective registration deadline and after prior consultation with the educational staff. If the cancellation is not made in due time, a cancellation fee will be charged.

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