German Integration Courses
Regardless of whether you already speak German or have no German language skills at all, whether you’ve already been living in Germany for quite some time or have just arrived, ISK offers you integration courses for all language levels. You can improve your German in up to 900 lessons here at the ISK. Our courses for reading and writing (literacy courses) are designed to support those participants who are barely or not at all literate. Students who are learning a second alphabet will also receive special support here. We offer youth integration classes for young people from 18 to 27 years old. All our integration courses help you to improve your German language skills, but also develop an awareness of the German legal system and society. This knowledge is consolidated and deepened in the orientation courses. We offer German integration courses for every language level in the mornings or the afternoons.
Monday – Friday | 9.00 – 12.15 | 20 hours per week | 5 weeks per module
Monday - Friday | 13.15 – 16.30 | 20 hours per week | 5 weeks per module
Advising | Placement
Every participant is invited to take a placement test free of charge. We conduct a personal conversation with you to learn more about your language level and your goals. That way, we ensure that you get the course that corresponds to your current language skills. We can help you to fill out your application, to apply for a costs exemption and will answer your questions regarding travel costs.
Who can enroll in an integration course?
- Late repatriates and new immigrants with permanent residence status
- Immigrants who have been living in Germany for a longer period, citizens of the European Union and other Germans with special integration needs
- Asylum seekers with good prospects of staying, tolerated persons with a residence permit according to § 60a paragraph 2 sentence 3 AufenthG and holders of a residence permit according to § 25 paragraph 5 AufenthG
- Asylum seekers who are active on or available to the labor market with unclear prospects of remaining in Germany, if they entered the country before August 1, 2019 and have been permitted to stay in Germany for at least three months
Because the Residence Act has different rules as to who is permitted to participate, we will be happy to provide you with more detailed information by telephone or here in the ISK during your advising session.
How long is an integration course?
|General Integration Course||600 hours||+ 100 hours Orientation Course|
|Repeat Course||300 hours|
|Reading and Writing Course||900 hours||+ 100 hours Orientation Course|
|Youth Integration Course||900 hours||+ 100 hours Orientation Course|
What is the aim of an integration course?
The aim is to promote the integration of immigrants in terms of social participation and equal opportunities. The language course teaches the participants a command of the German language at B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Language skills are important for finding work, filling out applications or being able to communicate in everyday life. The orientation course focusses on teaching the German legal system, the history and culture of Germany as well as German values and customs.
Which examinations are taken in the integration courses?
Integration Courses end with two final examinations – the DTZ – German Test for Immigrants (A2/B1 level) and the “Living in Germany” test. Both examinations are offered regularly at the ISK.
In cooperation with the Migration Advisory Centers of the Hannover region, the AWO, Caritas, the Diakonisches Werk and the Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland (for Germans coming from Russia), we offer a specially supported advising session once a week. The specially trained staff from the Migration Advisory Centers advise and support you in everyday questions, financial and family problems and accompany you during your integration into German society and the German job market.
Office hours: Thursday from 11.00 to 13.00 at Lange Laube 3, Telephone 0511-12356360
Who pays for the integration course?
Integration Courses are free of charge for students who:
- receive unemployment benefits (Arbeitslosengeld II) or
- social welfare or
- receive financial benefits or waivers from another source due to unreasonable hardship (e.g. housing benefit, exemption from GEZ fees)
Please feel free to make an appointment for an advising session in our office. This advising session is free of charge.
Our Integration Courses are funded by: