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Courses for Refugees


Consultations for German courses

Consultations for German language classes take place from Monday to Thursday between 9.30am to 4pm.

You can make an appointment by phone (030) 90239-3388. Our advisors remain at your disposal for enquiries also via E-Mail.

Closed on school holidays.


What is a German course for refugees?

The German courses for refugees are funded by the Senate Department for Labour, Integration and Women.
The courses were made available for refugees who are registered in Berlin but do not have access to the integration course provided by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugee (BAMF).
The course aims to impart introductory knowledge on the German language and culture. Everyone, particularly beginners, should be given the opportunity to cope better with the everyday life in their new homeland. The lessons focus on topics revolving around your daily life, family, home, shopping, children and school. Excursions to places such as city libraries or museums are also organized during class hours, for you to explore your new environment.
Each modul consists of 100 teaching units (45 minutes per teaching unit). A maximum of 1000 teaching units can be attended.
Skill levels: Literacy | Pre-course | A1 | A2 | B1

What is an initial orientation course (EOK)?

The EOK courses are funded by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).
The initial orientation courses for asylum seekers who do not have access to the integration course provided by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugee (BAMF).
The courses convey important information and an initial knowledge of German in order to help you finding your bearings in the country.
To that end, the focus remains on the everyday life, and excursions to relevant institutions are organised.

A course consists of six modules, each comprising 50 teaching units (45 minutes), adding up to a total of 300 teaching units. The modules cannot be repeated.
Skill levels: Literacy | Pre-course | A1 | A2 | B1

Who can take part?

The courses are aimed at refugees whose asylum application is still ongoing, people with the status of ‘Tolerated persons’, or are in possession of a residence permit for humanitarian reasons, and do not have access to integration courses or vocational courses provided by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).
Participants in the German courses for refugees must be registered in Berlin.
Participants in the initial orientation courses may also be registered outside Berlin.

How can you enrol?

Registration for the courses for refugees is held upon consultation at the VHS Neukölln.
To complete your registration, please bring your identity card, residence permit and registration certificate.

Which examinations are offered?

As part of the courses for refugees, A1 examinations and the German Test for Immigrants (DTZ) are offered. However, these can only be taken after successful course attendance.


Participants with at least 70% attendance will receive a certificate at the end of the course.


The courses for refugees as well as textbooks are free of charge.


The books used in the courses is “Schritte” from the Hueber publishing house.
The textbooks are provided free of charge in class.

Courses overview