Background information

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To help refugees begin to settle in to life in Germany, Berlin’s 12 Volkshochschulen are offering them special courses in the German language. These will focus on the language and cultural skills that refugees need to get started with their new life here in Germany.

VHS courses for refugees

Courses for refugees are funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Labour, Integration, and Women

These courses are aimed at refugees, asylum seekers, and persons who have been granted residence permits in Germany on humanitarian grounds and who would otherwise have no access to integration and other language courses.

These courses each comprise four to five modules with a total of 80 to 120 hours of instruction. Each participant may take advantage of up to 400 hours of free instruction. On completion of the courses, a test is taken to certify the participant’s German language skills at either A1 or A2 level. The course materials are provided.

Who can attend the courses?

Refugees and asylum seekers who

  • are otherwise not entitled to participate in other publicly-funded German language courses (such as integration courses or ESF-funded courses)
  • are no longer required to attend school
  • and are registered with the city of Berlin as residing here

How can you register?

What documents do you need to bring?

  • residence permit, registration card

Integration courses for refugees

Integration courses funded by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees can now be attended by people who have fled Syria, Iraq, Iran and Eritrea and who currently do not hold German residence permits.

How can you register?

What documents do you need to bring?

  • residence permit, registration card