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German nationals

Entitlement to attend a course

As a German national you do not have a statutory entitlement to attend an integration course. However, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees can allow you to attend an integration course if you do not yet speak adequate German, if you have particular integration needs and if there are places available on the course. You should complete an application for admission to an integration course.

Please also read the "Notes about the integration course".

Send the completed and signed application form to the regional office of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees responsible for you. You can find out which regional office is responsible for you using the interactive WebGIS search engine.

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If you have already found an integration course provider, you can ask them to help you to fill in the form. The course provider will also answer any questions that you may have.

Applying to a course provider

If you have received a certificate of eligibility (Berechtigungsschein) from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, you can look for an integration course provider using the WebGIS search engine. You can find a provider in your area here. As soon as you have found one, hand in your certificate of eligibility there.

Choosing the right course

The course provider will help you to select a suitable course. They will also tell you when the next course is due to begin. You can look for a course provider in your area using the WebGIS search engine. The search engine will display the course provider’s address and telephone number.

Travel allowance

If you are attending an integration course and are receiving unemployment benefit II or social assistance, you will receive a contribution towards your travel expenses on application. This also applies if you have been exempted from the contribution towards the costs of the integration course, but is conditional on your living at least 3.0 km on foot from the place where the course is held. Please consult the information sheet on the integration course for more information.

Please sign the application and send it to the regional office that is responsible for you.

Contribution to costs

You must pay EUR 1.95 for every lesson of the integration course (contribution to costs). If you registered for the course before 1 July 2016, the contribution is EUR 1.55 per lesson.

A general integration course consists of 700 hours. This course will therefore cost you EUR 1,365 (if you registered for the course before 1 July 2016, it will cost you EUR 1,023). You do not have to pay this amount all at once, but can pay per course section of 100 lessons. If you attend a special course with a correspondingly higher number of lessons, the cost contribution will be greater (e.g. EUR 1,950 for 1000 lessons).

If you receive unemployment benefit II or social assistance (Sozialhilfe), you can apply for exemption from contributing towards the cost of the course. You can also be exempted from contributing to the costs if you find it particularly hard to pay because of your financial or personal situation.

You will find the necessary application form here. Send the completed and signed application form to the regional office of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees responsible for you. You can find out which regional office is responsible for you using the interactive WebGIS search engine.

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If you pass the final examination at the end of the integration course within two years of the confirmation of eligibility to attend the course being issued, you can, under certain circumstances, claim back half of your payments towards the cost. You must submit and send a signed application to the regional office responsible for you.

Travel expenses

If you attend an integration course and receive unemployment benefit II or social assistance, the travel expenses can be refunded to you if the distance between your home and the establishment where the course takes place is at least 3.0 km.

This also applies if you have been exempted from paying the cost contribution for the integration course.

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You will find more information on this in the Information sheet on the integration course.

Date 22 February 2018

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