Learning German

    In Bielefeld there are many opportunities for you to learn German.

    You can attend integration courses, vocational language courses or language courses for university studies.

    Further information can be found here.

    Integration and alphabet-learning courses consist of a language and an orientation part and comprise several hundred hours of lessons.
    Further information on integration and alphabet-learning courses can be foundhere (integration courses) and here (alphabet-learning courses).

    Federal Office for Migration and Refugees: Diagram setting out integration courses
    Federal Office for Migration and Refugees: Finding the right integration course


    Integration courses for young adults (18-27 years)

    Integration courses specifically targeted at teenagers and young adults are also available in Bielefeld.
    Further information on the integration courses for young people can be found here.


    Courses for parents and women

    The courses for women and parents address important topics such as the German education system and educational institutions.
    Further information on courses for women and parents can be found here (parents) and here (women).


    Vocational German courses (DeuFöV)

    After you have completed the integration course, it is possible for you to take part in a DeuFöV course (levels A2, B1, B2 bridge, B2, C1 and special courses for doctors and other healthcare professionals as well as technical professionals).
    More information on vocational German courses can be found here.


    Language courses for employees, apprentices and trainees

    Employees, apprentices and trainees are also able to attend language courses on a part-time basis. Eligibility to enroll for these courses can be applied for with BAMF [Federal Office for Migration and Refugees]. Exemption from the applicable tuition fees is possible on a means-tested basis.
    For more information contact BAMF [Federal Office for Migration and Refugees] , Agentur für Arbeit [Employment Agency] or Jobcenter Arbeitplus Bielefeld.

    Employment Agency: Information on language courses


    German courses for refugees at the University of Bielefeld

    The University of Bielefeld offers free courses for refugees who meet the requirements for matriculation or who have already graduated from a university in their country of origin. The prerequisites for this are eligibility to attend university, proof of residence and refugee status and proof that a preliminary language course has been completed. More information on German courses at the University can be found here.


    Lehrkräfte Plus

    The “Lehrkräfte Plus” programme is aimed primarily at teachers with a refugee background and teachers from non-European countries.
    The programme consists of the following components:

    • Intensive German course (completion of TestDaF exam/ C1)
    • Pedagogical/intercultural training
    • Professional and educational activities
    • Practical experience at a school mentored by a teacher
    • Counselling on career prospects in the school system.

    Further information can be found here.

    The “Practise your German” get-togethers for immigrants who need language-learning support are aimed at people who have a basic knowledge of the German language. Municipal “Practice your German” meetings are held at several locations in Bielefeld and are offered by various organisations (AWO, Diakonie Verband Brackwede, Diakonie Bielefeld, Caritas, Gesellschaft für Sozialarbeit, Evangelischer Kirchenkreis).

    REGE mbH | Sprachband-Koordination
    Gadderbaumer Str. 3
    33602 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 9622-109

    Sprachband Rege



    Via the “Sprachband-Koordination Bielefeld” project, REGE mbH supports people who need assistance in learning German by helping them to use the range of language courses available as effectively and efficiently as possible. The participants are supported during the language learning process and transitions from one course to another are organised.
    The prerequisite for participating in the project is eligibility for Arbeitslosengeld II [unemployment benefits], benefits under AsylbLG [Asylum Seekers Benefits Act] or an activation and placement voucher (AVGS) issued by the Agentur für Arbeit [Employment Agency].

    REGE mbH | Sprachband-Koordination
    Gadderbaumer Str. 3
    33602 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 9622-109

    Sprachband Rege

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