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Integration Courses for Women

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Consultations for German courses are available by appointment only.

Please call (030) 90239-3388 to make an appointment. Our advisors remain at your disposal for enquiries from Monday to Thursday between 9.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm or via E-Mail..

All appointments must be scheduled upfront. Your health and the health of our employees are always our top priority.
Due to current regulations people without a scheduled appointment will not be allowed into the premises.

What is an integration course for women?

The integration course for women is a special integration course (under §13 of the Integration Act).
This course is aimed at women who:

  • want to learn German together with other women.
  • are bringing up children.
  • have not been able to attend a German course so far.
  • have rarely been able to attend classes because of family commitments.

In the language course you learn the vocabulary needed in everyday life from language skill level A1 to language skill level B1.
The goal is to acquire a sufficient language level for you to be independent in your everyday life, be able to support your children with their homework and deal with authorities and institutions in Germany.
The women’s integration course consists of 900 teaching units (45 minutes per unit), sectioned in 9 modules of 100 units, followed by 100 teaching units orientation course designed to provide you with information about life in Germany and knowledge about the country’s legal system, culture and recent history.

Your entry level will be determined by our advisors in an assessment test held during your registration.

What are the benefits?

Women coming from a non-EU country must fulfil a number of requirements in order to obtain the right to a permanent residency in Germany. Among them is gaining sufficient knowledge of the German language as well as a basic understanding of the legal and social order and living conditions in Germany. The ‘Integration Course Certificate’ will meet these requirements.

An integration course for women will give you the opportunity to socialise in a trusting learning atmosphere and expand your knowledge beyond your living environment (work, leisure, neighbourhood, etc.), boosting up your confidence and creating new life opportunities for you and your family.

You play an increasing role in the family’s livelihood, making your autonomy and ability to deal with authorities and counsel for job placement or further trainings a priority.

Who can take part?

Any woman with a EU citizenship, Germans with a migration background and immigrants (including refugees who are in the recognition process and have good prospects of remaining in Germany) in need of further language may take part.
This course is aimed at women who cannot or do not want to attend a general integration course for cultural, biographical or religious reasons.

To register for an individual module, you need a written and dated authorization issued by the competent authorities (Jobcenter, Bundesagentur für Arbeit or Federal Office for Migration and Refugees).

How can you enrol?

Registration for an integration course for women takes place with one of our advisors.
We will confirm your eligibility. In case you were not yet in possession of a Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugee, we will help you submit your application.
Our Advisors will then carry out an assessment test. The result will help us determine which stage of the course you should begin with.
Please bring the original certificate of eligibility.

Taking the final exam

The final examination consists of a language test, “German test for immigrants” (DTZ) and the test relating to the orientation course, “Life in Germany” test. If you can prove in the language test that you have a sufficient command of German, at skill level B1, and if you pass the test relating to the orientation course, you have successfully completed the integration course and are awarded the “Integration Course Certificate”.

If you were not successful you will only be given a certificate confirming the results you achieved. Participation in the final examination is free of charge.

Repeating the course

In the event that you were unable to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of German in the language test, despite having attended the course regularly, you will be able to repeat up to 300 teaching units of the language course on a one-time basis and take the language test again free of charge.

Attendance

In order to achieve the set goal of the integration course, you should participate to the course in due form. This means attending the course regularly (80% attendance) and taking part in the final examination.
Consistent attendance is also important for the reimbursement of travel expenses or the potential repetition of lessons at a later date.

We will provide you with written confirmation of your participation at the end of each module.

Cost

Participation in an integration course for women is free for:

  • Ethnic German resettlers or spouses of ethnic German resettlers listed in the notification of admission.
  • Asylum seekers with good prospects of remaining in Germany or asylum seekers who are close to the labour market who arrived before 01.08.2019.
  • Tolerated asylum seekers under § 60a para. 2 sentence 3 of the Residence Act.
  • Women with a residence permit according to § 25 para. 5 of the Residence Act.

You might be exempted from contributing to costs if you receive unemployment benefit II or social assistance, or if you find it difficult to pay the contribution because of your low income. You must establish this with your advisor upon enrolment. Please bring verification of your financial status (copy of the relevant certificate, such as a notification of unemployment compensation II, social benefits, etc.).

It is recommended to submit your application well before the course begins, as the costs exemption does not apply retroactively.

In case you qualify for a Certificate of Eligibility but are not exempt from contribution costs, the fee of each module must be paid upfront (prices set in accordance with the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees). However, you may be entitled to a partial reimbursement of the tuition fees.

Anyone without a Certificate of Eligibility may enrol without funding, providing there are still places available.

Textbooks

Specificities on the textbooks needed for the course will be given to you during the placement test. You will be responsible to acquire the books before the course begins.

Reimbursement of tuition fees

If you successfully completed the integration course for woman, you may be able to claim half of the cost contribution, subject to the following conditions:

  • no longer than two years must have passed since receiving the confirmation of eligibility to attend the course.
  • attendance must be at least 80%.
  • you must have passed both the “German test for immigrants” (DTZ) language test, at skill level B1, and the “Life in Germany” test.

Once all the previous conditions are met, you must submit and send a signed application to the regional office responsible for you.