Integration courses

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The inlingua center in Nuremberg has been a certified course provider by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) since 2005.

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Simone Hoffmann – “I’m looking forward to your request”




If you want to live in Germany, you need to learn German.
This is important if you are looking for work, need to fill in application forms, want to support your children at school or would like to meet new people.
It is also important to know things about Germany such as the history, the culture and the legal system.
The integration course covers all the things you need to know about living in Germany.


You immigrated to Germany after 1.1.2005?
If you received your residence permit after 1 January 2005 and you cannot make yourself understood in German, you must attend an integration course. The local immigration office will decide if attendance is required when it issues the residence title to you.
If you receive unemployment benefit II (Arbeitslosengeld II) and the office from which you receive unemployment benefit II requires you to attend an integration course, then you are obliged to attend.

You live in Germany and you are an EU citizen, the spouse or a close family member of an EU citizen?
As an EU citizen, you are not obliged nor entitled to attend an integration course. However, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees may allow you to attend an integration course if you do not speak adequate German. If you feel you need an integration course and there are places available, you should complete an application for admission to one of our courses.

Our friendly, experienced trainers (all native speakers) are there to help and guide you through your integration course.
We ensure that every participant gets individual support as there are no more than 20 participants per group (lessons 4 to 5 hours per day).

Length of Course

Each integration course consists of a language course and an orientation course. The basic course has 300 lessons and the advanced training course has another 300 lessons. Course participants without knowledge of German usually start from the very beginning of a course. If you can already speak and understand some German, you may join a group at a later stage. Separate modules of the course can be repeated at your own expense.

The module “Leben in Deutschland” (Living in Germany) comprises 600 lessons and is included for all course participants. If you can speak German well, it is possible to complete the module without doing the language course.

The orientation course
The orientation course takes 60 hours and is done in addition to the language course.
You will learn something about the German legal system, history and culture.

Tests and Final examination

The aim of the integration course is to enable you to pass the final test which is called “Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer (DTZ)” or the German test for immigrants.

During the language course, you will do an intermediate test. This helps you to prepare for the final examination at the end of the integration course as well as a test on the content of the orientation course.


Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer (ZTW)

Contribution to Costs

A standard integration course consists of 660 hours. You must pay Euro 1,20 for each lesson of 45 minutes. The whole course costs Euro 792. You do not have to pay this at once, but you have to pay Euro 120,00 at the beginning of each module. If you attend a special course with a higher number of lessons, the cost contribution will be greater (Euro 1.152,00) for 960 lessons.

If you receive the unemployment benefit (SBG II) or social assistance (SGB XII), you may apply for exemption from the contribution requirement. You may also get exemption from contributing if you find it hard to pay because of your financial or personal situation.

Late repatriates and their close family members do not have to pay for the course.

Learning Materials
An addition cost of approx. Euro 100 is required.