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Pre-integration in South-East Asia

Germany is home to a significant number of Vietnamese migrants. They are students, accompanying spouses and professional migrants. German vocational training in geriatric and general nursing, for instance, is an enticing career prospect among Vietnamese professional caregivers.

In addition to language classes, another great way to prepare for life in Germany is intercultural training. The Goethe-Institute offers preparatory classes that will help you find your bearings in Germany.
 
The Goethe Institute offers:

  • advice on how to get settled in Germany
  • cultural preparation and
  • intercultural training
  • introductory publications with visuals and text
Supported by AMIF ( Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund)


Advice on integration in Germany

ConsultationPhoto: Tran Thi Huyen Trang © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

The Goethe Institute offers you comprehensive preparation. In addition to learning the German language, we will introduce you to the country and its people - we train you for life in Germany. We would be happy to discuss your ideas about Germany and life in Germany. We offer advice, classes, and solid preparation so you can successfully integrate into Germany society.

We are here to advise you:
Office hours are Mondays from 2 pm to 4 pm at the AMIF office, room B1, Goethe-Institut Hanoi

If you have family members in Germany, you can apply for a residence permit for them to restore or maintain the family community. As a prerequisite, your relative must have a residence permit, have sufficient living space available, and must be able to secure the family’s living expenses.

The Goethe Instituet offers intensive preparatory courses for the A1 language exam. You can use this certificate from the Goethe Institute for your family visa application. Read our website for more information and contact us for personal advice.
Germany offers options for a “dual vocational training”, for instance in the nursing sector. This offer caters to young Vietnamese care professionals who seek to take up employment in Germany. The excellent career prospects are attracting increasing numbers of young Vietnamese nationals. Vocational training with a reputable employer involves attending a vocational school and ends with an exam and national recognition as a state-certified specialist. Since 2013, the Goethe Institute Hanoi has been offering a one-year specialist language class for nursing professionals that prepares candidates for the requirements of the B2 exam, both in language and intercultural skills. At this skill level, you are optimally prepared for a successful start in Germany. For more information, read our website or schedule a consultation.
Effective integration in German society requires solid language skills as well as knowledge about the country and its people. To be successful in everyday life, it is also important to prepare for different customs and traditions. How do you interact with your neighbors? How do you approach your colleagues? How do you get your official paperwork done with confidence? Intercultural training helps you find your bearings and identify and avoid problems from the outset. We’ll be happy to advise you.

Courses: Cultural studies and intercultural communication

Seminar on cultural studies and intercultural communication in Ho Chi Minh City Seminar on cultural studies and intercultural communication in Ho Chi Minh City | Photo: Chu Ngoc Tuan Linh © Goethe-Institut Ho Chi Minh Stadt

Supported by AMIF (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund)

In today’s world, various social developments create more and more intercultural situations. People from different cultures interact on a daily basis, at work or in private life. Such intercultural encounters don’t always lead to understanding and harmony. Sometimes, difficulties or even conflicts arise. In order to act appropriately in an intercultural setting, you need intercultural competency. Intercultural competency is not a single skill, but it also includes teamwork, tolerance, open-mindedness, theoretical knowledge about other cultures, empathy, respect and appreciation, reflection on both self and the other, sensitivity, and language skills. You need these skills in order to avoid conflict in your communication with people from other cultures and to adapt to life in your new home.
  • Cultural knowledge about Germany
  • Reflection on your own culture
  • Self-perception and outside perception
  • Intercultural differences: values, norms, cultural standards
  • Typical sources of conflict: direct and indirect communication, object and person orientation, building relationships in private and professional life
  • Social skills: effective communication (e.g. communication and cooperation in international teams), preventing intercultural conflicts
  • Identify cultural conflict areas and resolve issues with cultural sensitivity
  • Culture shock and how to handle it
  • Pitfalls of nonverbal communication
  • Dealing with prejudice and stereotypes
  • Enhance your own awareness- practice assuming a different perspective
Nguyen Thanh Huong EIF Nguyen Thanh Huong
Project officer Professional migration
56 – 58 - 60 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh
Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel.: +84 24 37342251 - 24
thanhhuong.nguyen2@goethe.de

Publications in cultural studies and intercultural communication

Alles klar in DeutschlandPhoto: Nguyen Thanh Huong © Goethe-Institut Hanoi
Alles klar in Deutschland Photo: Nguyen Thanh Huong © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

A guide for Vietnamese immigrants
All clear in Germany

A book published by the Goethe-Institut Hanoi offers a lot of useful information for everyday life and gives you a good idea about life in Germany.
Here you will find the book in German and Vietnamese. Enjoy! 

A brief introduction to everyday hospital routines in Germany - a guide for nursing professionals Photo: Nguyen Thanh Huong © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

A booklet as start help
A brief introduction to everyday hospital routines in Germany

Issued by the Goethe Institute, the booklet is a linguistic introduction to German hospital life for healthcare professionals and nurses that provides answers to commonly asked questions. 
Here you will find the book in German language.


Book: Tender-Bitter

Tender-BitterPhoto: Nguyen Thanh Huong © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

In 2017, the Goethe Institute Hanoi held a competition entitled “Tender-Bitter”, calling for submissions by Vietnamese migrants to Germany sharing their first-hand experience of the country. In their linguistic and temporal diversity, the nineteen submissions fill the idea of interculturality with life, German history and German-Vietnamese stories. They are true real-life experiences, often touching, rich and diverse in their complexity, encouraging readers to reflect on what makes us call a place home.

Contributions | Authors

“I came to the German Democratic Republic on August 23rd, 1982, with the intention of training for a job. In 1989, I went to the Federal Republic to train as a hotel manager and to get to know the cradle of science and philosophy. Today, I work in real estate in Berlin.”

Contribution: 
Do Vu Hoai An has been in Germany since 1988. He loves Germany as his second home, and Germany loves him back, offers him protection and security. The people and the country bring him an incredible amount of joy. Thanks the competition of Goethe Institute he has wonderful opportunity to write about Germany, about tender and sweet, but also bitter memories of the past thirty years.

Contribution: 
Tam came to Germany as an au-pair in September of 2014 and is now pursuing vocational training as a hotel manager at the Novotel Berlin near the zoo.

Contribution: 
Tai first came to Germany in March of 2015 for a language course. He then studied Construction Engineering at TU Munich. He is a member of IKOM, has been living in Germany for two and a half years now, and found out that Germans keep asking “Are you enjoying it?” because they not only care that a job gets done, but also that it is fun.

Contribution: 
Xuân has been in Germany since 2015 and is currently pursuing vocational training as a geriatric nurse.

Contribution: 
Nguyen Phuong Mai was born on April 19th, 1992, under the zodiac sign of Aries, lives and studies in Baden-Württemberg and loves walking, shopping, decorating her home, and cooking. Her favorite animals are dogs, especially puppies. Her favorite quote is: “Do not pluck the flower you love. For when you pluck it, it will die and the thing you love will wither. So leave your beloved flower alone. Don’t love it because you want to own it. Love it because you cherish it.” (Osho)

Contribution: 
“I’m from Cổ Đô, Ba V., Hanoi City. I came to Germany in 1982 to study and to work. I am currently living in Chemnitz with my family. Writing literary texts and poems is one of my hobbies.”

Contribution: 
Huyen came to Germany in 1988 to study at the Film Academy in Potsdam. After her graduation in 1993, she decided to pursue another degree in Social Work and Pedagogy in 2008, which she completed in 2010. She works for the Autonomous Women’s Center Potsdam as a social educator with the girl’s group “Zimtzicken”.

Contribution: 
Hằng is from Hanoi. She is currently studying Sociology and Education at the University of Mainz. She already studied German at the National University in Hanoi and in 2013, she spent a year in Germany as an au-pair. After that she first returned to Vietnam, but her love for Germany brought her back. She mainly wrote about the simple things in life, and she would like to share her experiences with you in the hope it may help you get settled abroad.

Contribution: 
Thủy was born in 1992 in Nha Trang. She came to German in May of 2013. She studies at Georg Simon Ohm University in Nuremberg. She grew up with a single mom, and her childhood wasn’t always easy, which is why she is keen to soon complete her studies. It’s also the reason she wanted to study in Germany at all cost. She loves her country very much and still hopes to be able to contribute to its development one day.

Contribution: 
Nhu Ngoc came to Germany in 2013 for a year of volunteering. She is now pursuing vocational training as a special needs professional caregiver.

Contribution: 
Diem was an au-pair in Germany from 2012 to 2013. She now is a third-year student at the University of Kassel with a major in Germany as a Foreign Language. This is how she describes herself:
“My name is Diem, I was born in 1990 and my nickname is Diễm xưa. I’m from the hectic and wonderful city of Saigon where the streets are lined with countless motorcycles and Tamarind trees. I live and work in the Federal Republic of Germany. My mantra is to be as cheerful as possible, to always stay optimistic, and to love life. Also, I want to do everything I can to understand the people around me. This is the motto I would like to share: Don’t stay in your comfort zone, leave your bubble. Do things that are uncomfortable or scary so you can grow and keep getting stronger. Live responsibly and always stay open towards new things in life!”

Contribution: 
Lan has been in Germany since September of 2015 and is pursuing vocational training as a professional caregiver.

Contribution: 
Hai Yen has been in Germany since September of 2016. She has a degree in business administration and works as a financial adviser and business consultant for a bank.

Contribution: 
I have been living in Germany since 1987 – since I came to the GDR as a young girl. I enjoy cooking, writing literary texts and poems and doing social work to help other people. That brings me joy. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, I was a radio host for a multicultural radio show on SFB in Berlin for many years. I love my second home, I’m grateful to Germany, a country full of human kindness.
 
Bich Phuong has been a guest worker in Germany since 1987. She works as a nurse and lives in Berlin.

Contribution: 
“I am a PhD candidate in Pedagogy and East Asian Studies as well as a research assistant at the Institute for Intercultural and International Comparative Pedagogy at the University of Hamburg. My research interest is mainly educational and migration research (with a focus on the educational success Turkish and Vietnamese students in Germany) as well as school development and multilingualism. Outside of my academic life, I work and write for German-Vietnamese children’s book publisher HORAMI in Berlin. I live in Lübeck with my husband and our daughter.”

Contribution: 
Ngoc has been living in Germany since 2015. She is a Master’s student in Landshut.

Contribution: 
Van Tat Thang was born in 1958 in Hanoi. After serving in the army for almost a decade, he went to the German Democratic Republic as a contract worker. Today, his family is enjoying a good and stable life in Germany. His older daughter completed her Master’s degree and his younger son has also completed his training and works at a workshop for the disabled because he suffers from autism. His path to integration was strewn with sweet and tender as well as bitter experiences. He wrote about a civilized and humane Germany, about a society that lives under the rule of law, and about Germans who may seem cool and distant, but have a loving, tolerant heart. He loves this country and he considers Germany his second home.

Contribution: 
Van Tat Thang was born in 1958 in Hanoi. After serving in the army for almost a decade, he went to the German Democratic Republic as a contract worker. Today, his family is enjoying a good and stable life in Germany. His older daughter completed her Master’s degree and his younger son has also completed his training and works at a workshop for the disabled because he suffers from autism. His path to integration was strewn with sweet and tender as well as bitter experiences. He wrote about a civilized and humane Germany, about a society that lives under the rule of law, and about Germans who may seem cool and distant, but have a loving, tolerant heart. He loves this country and he considers Germany his second home.

Contribution: 

Contact

Mrs. Nguyen Thanh Huong 
Project officer Professional migration
56 – 58 - 60 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh
Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel.: +84 24 37342251 | 32004494
thanhhuong.nguyen2@goethe.de


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