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Pre-integrative language training

Since August 2007, spouses have only been allowed to move to Germany if they can demonstrate basic knowledge of the German language. The Goethe-Institut is creating internationally fair conditions for the language certificate.

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Transition Management

The transition from a language course in the home country to an integration course in Germany does not always run smoothly. This has prompted the Goethe-Institut to focus more closely on the issue of “transition management”.

Integration courses

The integration courses introduced in 2005 aim to improve and facilitate the linguistic integration of immigrants in Germany.

Framework Curriculum for Integration Courses

In autumn 2006, the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) commissioned the development of a framework curriculum for the integration courses and a tiered language examination for immigrants (A2–B1).

German test for immigrants

On 1 July 2009, a new German examination was introduced to complete the integration courses in Germany, the ‘Deutschtest für Zuwanderer’.

Teaching qualifications

Specialist, professionally trained teaching staff are required for successful lessons in German as a Second Language. The Goethe-Institut offers specific teacher training for German as a Second Language.

Training courses for imams

"Imams for Integration" - further education in German language and cultural studies for Imams working in Germany

Private aid for refugees – under the banner of humanity



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A group of men and women from Brandenburg refused to watch idly as people die in the Mediterranean. With their ship Sea-Watch, the helpers rescue refugees from the deadly trap. More ...
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    Integration Debate

    Europe On The Move – And In Transition

    Since the crisis of 2009 thousands of Spaniards, Greeks and Italians left their home countries. How have people and politics in Germany reacted to these immigrants? Find out in the following four statements. More ...
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      The German-Tunisian and Hertha star Änis Ben-Hatira supports his “little brothers” at MitternachtsSport nearly every weekend | © MitternachtsSport e. V.

      Cultural scene

      Integration and sport: Multiculturalism – a means to success

      Sport integrates people from all walks of life and backgrounds. In professional sport in particular, heterogeneous teams have proved highly successful. More ...
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        Cultural scene

        The true voice of an immigration country

        For the first time since pop music charts began in 1962, only German-language albums are ranked in the top ten. But what sort of German is it that is being sung? More ...
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          Migration Politics

          Private refugee initiatives – Living together under one roof

          More and more refugees from all over the world are seeking refuge in Germany. Numerous private initiatives are actively supporting asylum seekers and providing them with a new home. More ...
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            Stories of Migration

            Video series “Germany: The Opportunity”

            People from all over the world come to Germany to live, work and study. How do they prepare for this? What kind of world do they leave behind? A new series of video portraits offers a lively insight into the world of European immigrants before their arrival in Germany. More ...
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              Stories of Migration

              Listen to Mobility

              There are plenty of statistics about “mobility”. But who are the people behind the numbers? Why do they come to Germany? Here are some answers from the people themselves. More ...
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                Migration Stories

                Arrived? – European expats talk about living abroad in Europe

                French cooks in Antwerp and Greek information specialists in Berlin: Seven Goethe-Instituts in Europe have come together to collect letters from EU citizens who live and work abroad within Europe. Why have they left their home countries? And have their dreams come true? More ...
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                  Our Focus

                  My Path to Germany – Transition Management website

                  “My Path to Germany” contains a wide range of innovative language learning offers as well as accessible, easy-to-use information for migrants and a guide to (migration) advisory services. More ...
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                    Stories of Migration

                    Dossier “My Everyday Life in Germany”

                    What is it like for people around the world to come to Germany from another country? What experiences in everyday working life are involved? Six people with Israeli, Indian, Turkish, Brazilian, Japanese and Tansanian roots tell about their daily lives in Germany. More ...