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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

On welcome culture and isolationism – Migration in Europa



People travel from north to south, people migrate from south to north – Europe is out of balance | Photo: iStock
It seems that half of Europe is on the move: Poles, Romanians, Bulgarians as well as Spaniards and Italians are all being driven from their countries, where unemployment is high, the mood is bleak and life is hard. Many of them end up in Germany, many on the fence. More ...
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    “Knotundknot” by Dana Caspersen and William Forsythe in Berlin-Hellersdorf; photo: Marion Borriss

    Kulturszene

    How You Surprise Yourself

    In the world of dance social choreographies are currently on the upswing. Since 2011, the dancer and choreographer Dana Caspersen has been developing the performance project “Knotunknot” that engages with questions of migration and belonging. More ...
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      Public authorities too are working on their own “welcoming culture”; © Thinkstock

      Migration politics

      Welcoming Culture – The Benefits of Diversity

      Universities, businesses and local governments want to step up their efforts to make immigrants feel at home in Germany. More ...
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        Abbas Khider; © Jacob Steden

        Cultural Scene

        “German is my new language” – an interview with Abbas Khider

        In this interview the Iraqi writer explains why he speaks about the events in his home country in German and why, meantime, he also writes his books in German. More ...
          „Heroe“-Logo; © Strohhalm e. V.
          The German style of communication is renowned for being explicit and direct | © K.- P. Adler - Fotolia.com

          Education & Language

          Expressing Criticism in German: Intercultural Communication

          Saying what you do not like is not a matter of course in every culture. In Germany, however, it is. Many Germans often criticise openly and directly, nevertheless a few rules still have to be observed. More ...
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            Master craftsman Maik Steinmetz with Spanish apprentice Ronny Andrango; © Julius Lukas

            Migration Politics

            Vocational Training in Germany – The Mobipro-EU Programme

            Young people in many European countries are unable to find a place on a vocational training scheme, yet companies in Germany are desperately seeking young apprentices. A programme has been set up to bring the two sides together. 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 ...