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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 refugee initiatives – Living together under one roof



The initiators of Flüchtlinge Willkommen; © Jean-Paul Pastor Guzman/Flüchtlinge Willkommen
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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    Benefiting from diversity | © Nejron Photo - Fotolia.com

    Education & Language

    Using Different Learning Cultures – Preparing for Study in Germany

    Only six of ten foreign students leave Germany universities with a degree. For many, dealing with different learning cultures is difficult. How can they prepare themselves for studying in Germany? 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 ...
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        Education & Language

        New Words for Farid – German Lessons for Young Refugees

        The crises in the Middle East and in Europe have brought thousands of young refugees to Germany. They learn German in specially organised courses, but this also poses major challenges for the teachers.a More ...
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          Cultural scene

          Sherko Fatah – At the Breaking Edges of Cultures

          In honouring Berlin writer Sherko Fatah for his novel “The Last Place”, the Chamisso Prize comes into its own. More ...
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            Promoting multilingualism instead of curbing it | © lassedesignen - Fotolia.com

            Education & language

            Better Chances with Multilingualism – An Interview with Claudia Maria Riehl

            The assertion that multilingualism among immigrants is an obstacle to integration is still doing the rounds. This thesis, however, contradicts the latest research findings. 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 ...