FAQ Learning German
You can be given a certificate of eligibility (Teilnahmeberechtigung) for a vocational language course if
- you are registered as seeking a vocational training place, seeking employment or as being unemployed with the Employment Agency (Agentur für Arbeit), or if you are undertaking a pre-vocational training programme or assisted training, or
- you are receiving unemployment benefit II (Arbeitslosengeld II), or
- you are required to reach a certain language level in the context of the recognition of your foreign professional qualifications or to be able to access a profession, or
- you are an apprentice.
The Employment Agencies and job centres can issue certificates of eligibility to their customers. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge) issues certificates of eligibility to people who are apprentices, or who are required to reach a certain language level in the context of the recognition of their foreign professional qualifications or to be able to access a profession.
Integration courses are publicly subsidised. In principle, the state meets half of the course costs, which are currently €3.90 per lesson. You have to pay a contribution of €1.95 per lesson. If you successfully complete the integration course within two years, you can claim back half of your contribution to the costs (this time limit begins when your certificate of eligibility to attend the course is issued). Participants who receive social benefits towards the cost of living, for example, can apply for an exemption from having to contribute to the costs.