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Vietnamese graduates at the ceremony© Goethe-Institut Hanoi

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)

Online-Interviews "Mein Leben und Deutschland"

Sie lernen Deutsch und haben vor, in Deutschland zu leben und zu arbeiten? Neben der Sprache spielt eine gute Vorbereitung auf das Berufs-und Alltagleben in Deutschland eine wichtige Rolle. Um vietnamesischen Zuwanderern eine realistische Vorstellung über Deutschland zu geben und sie besser auf ihre Zukunft vorzubereiten, hat das Goethe-Institut Hanoi eine Online-Interviewserie durchgeführt. Vier junge Vietnamesinnen und Vietnamesen erzählen von ihren Erfahrungen im Berufs-und Alltagsleben. Gab es Anfangsschwierigkeiten wie zum Beispiel Sprachbarrieren, Kulturschock oder Heimweh? Wie haben die Berichtenden es geschafft, sich an die neue Kultur zu gewöhnen und anfängliche Probleme zu überwinden? Die Erzählungen veranschaulichen das Leben in Deutschland und geben Einblicke in Familie, Arbeit, Freizeitbeschäftigung, deutsche Esskultur und vieles mehr.

Wir wünschen Ihnen viel Spaß beim Anschauen der Videos!

Videos anschauen


Das Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz für Deutschland gilt ab dem 1. März 2020. Welche Neuerungen zu den Themen Visum, Anerkennung und Ausbildung gibt es nachdem das Gesetz in Kraft getreten ist?

Informieren Sie sich in dem Erklärvideo von "Make it in Germany", dem Portal der Bundesregierung für Fachkräfte aus dem Ausland.

Um den vietnamesischen Untertitel zu sehen, klicken Sie bitte auf Einstellungen, Untertitel und wählen Sie Vietnamesisch aus.

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 & Wednesday from 9.30 am to 11.30 am 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 32004494

Publications in cultural studies and intercultural communication

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.


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

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