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Language Courses: Learning German in language courses

Language courses are ideal for people who don’t like to learn by themselves. There are numerous German courses available with varying focuses. You can search databases to find suitable courses offered in your area. Usually such courses are not free of charge, though some universities and cities cover some of the fees.

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Language schools

The Association of German as a Foreign Language (FaDaF) operates a database containing information on language schools all over Germany. The members of FaDaF are bound to maintain certain standards of quality in their instruction.

Database of the Association of German as a Foreign Language (FaDaF)

Summer schools

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) operates a database with information on language and short courses at German universities. Most courses are targeted at international students, which is why they are offered during the winter and summer semester breaks. The language courses are offered by the universities themselves, occasionally in cooperation with external partners. You will find a broad spectrum of specialised courses, such as Regenerative Energies, European Studies, German Regional and Cultural Studies and German for Engineers.

DAAD database with language and short courses

Adult education centres

The adult education centres (Volkshochschulen) offer numerous courses for learning German. These range in focus from preparatory courses and “German as a Foreign Language” (DaF) to “German for Working Life” and “Business German”.

Overview of all courses at German adult education centres

Integration courses

A German language course is the most important part of an integration course. The language courses highlight various subjects, such as working and occupations, professional training, continuing education, shopping and recreation. You also learn how to write letters and e-mails, fill out forms and make telephone calls. To find courses in your vicinity, you can search the database operated by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Database of integration courses in Germany