The Integra programme is part of a comprehensive package of measures of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), for which the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) provides funds. The aim of Integra is to help refugees who are capable of studying to gain a foothold at universities and to prepare them for their studies through language courses and subject-specific preparatory courses. More about the Integra-Programme on the DAAD-Website.
Offers from Berlin unversities that offer German courses as part of the Integrs programme:
Hochschule für Technik und Wissenschaft (HTW): German courses as a part of Integra program and German intensive course for refugees
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht (HWR)
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (HU)
Technische Universität Berlin (TU)
Many free German courses are offered as part of so-called integration courses. An integration course consists of language courses at levels A1 to B1 and the orientation course on life in Germany.
As a rule, the general integration course in Berlin consists of:
- with 100 teaching hours (UE) each for language teaching (levels A1, A2 and B1)
- Completion by passing the German Test for Immigrants (DTZ)
1 module of 100 units for the orientation course
- Basic knowledge of the legal system, history and culture of Germany
- Completion by passing the test "Living in Germany" (LID)
For refugees from Ukraine, participation in the integration course is free of charge.
Admission to participate in an integration course can always be granted upon presentation of the residence title issued in accordance with § 24 AufenthG or a corresponding fictitious certificate.
Course participation requires prior counselling and usually also a placement test.
You can apply at a regional office of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. You can find the regional office responsible for you at BAMF-NAvI.
You can find more information about the application on the website and in the Information sheet from BAMF. Also, the websites of VHS-Berlin and Berlin-hilft can be very helpful.
Network German courses for all
You can find more providers here.