Integration course

Frequently-asked questions – Integration course

How long is the integration course?

The integration course normally consists of 700 lessons:

The language course is 600 lessons. Usually you have 4 or 5 lessons per day. The weekend is free. Then the course lasts 6 to 7 months. But there are also more intensive courses, as well as morning, afternoon or evening courses. Ask the course provider.

The orientation course follows the language course and consists of 100 lessons. You usually have 5 lessons per day for this as well. Then the course lasts 3 to 4 weeks. But there are also more intensive versions of this course, as well as morning, afternoon or evening courses. Ask the course provider.

Additional information for asylum seekers

All information on this can be found in the “Integration course” text.

Special integration courses (for example, youth integration courses or literacy courses) can have a total duration of up to 945 class hours.

For further information please contact the BAMF:

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees: Integration courses for asylum seekers

How long is the youth integration course?

It consists of 945 lessons.

The language course consists of 900 lessons, the orientation course consists of 45 lessons.

Where can I do an integration course?

Many language schools offer these courses. Find language schools near you, phone them up or search for them on the internet using this website: Federal Office for Migration and Refugees; BAMF.

I do not want to do the integration course. Do I have to do it?

Yes, if you speak no German or very little, then you have to do the integration course. The immigration office can make it obligatory for you to attend a course.

Do I have to do the orientation course?

Yes. It is part of the integration course. Apart from that you need the information from the course for the exam at the end. The exam is different to the DTZ German test for immigrants.

Do I have to take the final examination?

If you have to do the integration course, then you also have to sit the examination at the end. But the exam is also important for everyone else, because you will be awarded a certificate. Many employers want to see that. It helps you to find work and at job interviews.

Additional information for asylum seekers

All information on this can be found in the “Integration course” text.

After a total of at least 660 hours (for special courses, the number of hours may differ), the integration course ends with the final examination “German test for immigrants (Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer)” as well as the final examination “Living in Germany (Leben in Deutschland)".

For more detailed information please contact the BAMF: Federal Office for Migration and Refugees: Integration courses

I cannot attend the course, for example because I am unwell or my child is sick. What do I do?

Phone the language school and give your apologies. Go to a doctor and ask him to give you a sick note for yourself or your child. Without a doctor’s note you are only allowed to stay at home for 3 days. Do you have an appointment with an authority? You have to give your apologies in this situation too. Ask the authority to give you written confirmation.

Can I change course provider?

Yes, but not all the time. An integration course is made up of 6 sections each consisting of 100 lesson hours. You can switch provider after completing a section, for instance after 100 or 200 lessons. Ask when the sections start in the new language school. This will ensure that you don’t have to take a long break.

What do I need for the course?

You will have to buy pens, paper, a file and a textbook. Maybe you would like to buy a dictionary as well. The course provider will explain the details to you at the start of the course.

Can I take a break?

In principle yes. But discuss it with the immigration office and the course provider. There are convenient times to take breaks. A course is made up of 6 sections each consisting of 100 lesson hours. You can switch provider after completing a section, for instance after 100 or 200 lessons. Then you can move on to the next section, but in a different course. Some courses have holidays as well.

Why aren’t all asylum seekers entitled to an integration course?

The Residence Act (AufenthG) regulates whether a migrant may participate in an integration course or even be obliged to do so (Sections 44 and 44a AufenthG, Section 11 para. 1 FreizügG EU and Section 9 para 1 BVFG). The legislature distinguishes between foreigners, citizens of the European Union, late German re-settlers and German nationals.

An integration course is only available to asylum seekers and asylum applicants who are likely to remain in Germany.

Asylum seekers who possess a temporary residence permit, a permit to remain until deported or a residence permit have good prospects of remaining in Germany. Important information about the various conditions can be found at the BAMF:

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees: FAQ: Integration courses for asylum seekers


More questions? Contact the advisors at the Youth Migration Services.
German language test for immigrants (der Deutschtest für Zuwanderer; DTZ): This is the final examination in the integration course. You take the exam at the end of the integration course. This proves that you can speak/write German to level A2 or B1.