This glossary explains frequently used terms relating to the language/integration nexus and guides you through the apparent complexities of the relevant concepts and terminology.

Zertifikat Integrationskurs (Integration course certificate)

The integration course certificate is awarded to learners of German at the end of the integration course. It is issued by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees to learners who have passed the German Test for Immigrants (DTZ) very successfully, i.e. at B1 level, as well as the orientation course test. The certificate is a useful tool in immigrants’ dealings with public authorities and search for employment.

A learner is considered to have passed the German Test for Immigrants if they attain the A2 level of proficiency. However, immigrants do not yet qualify for the integration course certificate at this stage. Learners can extend the integration course (comprising 600 or 900 hours, depending on the type of course) by up to 300 hours, in order to attain B1 level. No charge is made for taking the test; candidates may also re-sit the test once free of charge.

A sample test paper for the German Test for Immigrants, the examination handbook and a vocabulary list can be downloaded from the Goethe-Institut website. The sample test paper for the DTZ and an interactive list of questions for the orientation course test are available from the BAMF.
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