BAMF integration course

Integration courses are specifically designed for immigrants.

Here you can learn German for everyday use. You also learn important information about life in Germany.

  • Each course consists of 600 class hours and an additional orientation course that lasts 100 class hours (therefore, a total of 700 class hours). Normal full-time courses consist of 25 class hours per week; part-time courses are possible under certain conditions.
  • There are special courses for women, adolescents and those who are illiterate.
  • You need to apply to the BAMF to take part in an integration course. Before the course starts, you take a free placement test.
  • You can take part in an integration course if, for example, you have a Aufenthaltsgenehmigung or a Duldung with good prospects of permanent residence.
  • Costs: usually € 1.55 per hour, free under certain conditions – at least for the first 300 hours (for example, if you receive state assistance as an asylum seeker or receive unemployment benefit II (Hartz IV) through the Job Center)
  • At the end of the course you will take a free final exam. If you pass the orientation course test and attain the B1 language level, you have successfully passed the course. If you do not attain the B1 language level, you can repeat 300 course hours under certain circumstances.
How do I find an integration course?

You can go to a “migration service”. That is the counselling centre for immigrants. The social workers there speak various languages. They help you find a course and get financial support to pay for the course. A list of all migration services is available here:

You can contact employees of the continuing education telephone service: +49 40 28 08 46 41, Monday to Friday: 10 am to 6 pm.

You can search for a course at .

Introductory courses:

Introductory courses are special German courses for Syrian, Iranian, Iraqi and Eritrean refugees. They are free and include a HVV ticket.

The introductory course normally takes 8 weeks and consists of 320 class hours. A “Aufenthaltsgestattung” or “BÜMA” is required for these courses.

How do I find an introductory course?

The social workers in the Flüchtlingszentrum Hamburg can help you with your search: Adenauerallee 10, +49 40 2840790, Monday to Friday: 9 am to 1 pm, closed Wednesday

You can contact employees of the continuing education telephone service: +49 40 28 08 46 41, Monday to Friday: 10 am to 6 pm. You can search for a course at

Vocational courses:

Consultation for ESF-BAMF vocational language courses – passage hamburg

No registration required

Nagelsweg 14, 2nd floor

+49 40 24874818

Tuesday, Thursday 10 am to 12 pm

Continuing education as a translator or interpreter (Level C1)

Continuing education at Aqtivus as a volunteer translator or interpreter

Duration: 4 months

Costs: free with education voucher

Requirements: at least B2 level, placement test before registration


Advanced courses for job-seeking migrants and refugees. The goal is preparation for the job market.  The Arbeitsagentur and Jobcenter make the decision about participation in the course

  • At least 15 participants per module.
  • The courses begin with a basic module of 300 teaching units
  • Goal: to reach B2 language level. In combination with the recognition of professional qualifications, it is possible to attend a special module aimed at achieving the language level C1 and C2.
Learn German on your own:

In addition to attending courses, there is the option to practice the German language on your own. There are apps for your mobile phone that can help:

For children we recommend: Phase 6 Hallo Deutsch for children.

For adults we recommend: Fun easy learn and Einstieg Deutsch.

There are also materials to help with learning German.

We recommend books from the publishers Klett, Hueber und the organisation Refucation.

Online German course, Level A1-B1

Free online German courses are available on the Deutsche Welle website. Select your language on the bottom right in the section “Die Deutschkurse gibt es auch in deiner Sprache (German courses are also available in your language).”

How does the course work?

  • To register go to the website → click “ Deutsch lernen (learn German)” → then “Deutschkurse (German courses)”.
  • There you can find various German courses to choose from. We recommend A1, A2, B1I E-Learning I Deutsch interaktiv. Once you have selected the right course, click on “Hier geht es zum Kurs! (Click here for the course!)”. At this point you can create a user account by clicking on “Neu anmelden (Register)”.


Price: free

Voluntary initiatives

The following organisations offer free German courses open to everyone. There is no registration required.

  • Café Exile, Spalding Straße 41, 20097 Hamburg – Registration on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 08:00 – 14:00, Friday: 08:00 – 13:00.
  • Refugio – Café der Gastfreundschaft, Bremer Straße 9, 21073 Hamburg – Monday to Saturday: 15:00 – 20:00, please apply for courses in person at the Café.
Discussion groups

Conversation in German 

There are weekly conversation Groups in German for immigrants in all libraries and in the central library. The courses do not require registration and are open to every level.

Price: free
Place and time:
More information:

Sprachbrücke-Hamburg e.V.

Sprachbrücke-Hamburg e.V. offers weekly discussion groups at various locations. Participants talk in German about topics changing on a monthly basis. It is also possible to participate in group excursions.

Price: free
Place and time:

Bucerius Law School German course

Options for students

Tuesday and Thursday 4 pm-6 pm

Jungiusstraße 6, 22303 Hamburg

Last Updated: 15.08.2018

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