Language learning and language support

Basic German language skills are crucial for living and working in Germany. In many professions, subject-specific language skills are required, in addition to a general knowledge of the German language. A sufficient command of German is also required for most degree programmes. 

In principle, the German government provides two programmes to support language learning: Integration courses as well as job-related German language courses. The German government offers special vocational language courses for trainees with a migration background.  

There are a number of other ways to acquire and improve your German language skills. On the portal „Course net“ for vocational training and further education of the Federal Employment Agency you will find a wide range of language courses with vocational relevance and for different language levels. The courses are full or part-time and can also be completed online. There are also many private language schools and self-employed language teachers who teach outside the home. In addition, the market offers countless self-study books, online courses and language learning apps. Publicly funded and voluntary projects in turn provide free tools that can complement language learning. The Deutsche Volkshochschulverband for instance offers the online learning platform Free language courses are also available on the homepage of the Goethe Institute

We can support you in finding the right offer with our regional advisors and are also available to answer questions about language learning at the workplace. 

In the Information library you will find more detailed information on the assessment of language skill levels, as well as tips and handouts on promoting language learning at the workplace.