To improve your chances when making applications, ensure your working day goes smoothly, and integrate quickly and well with your colleagues, it is very important to speak German. There are various institutions in the region where you can learn German.
Where can I learn German?
In addition to private providers, the Braunschweig Adult Education Centre (VHS Braunschweig) and the Wolfsburg Adult Education Centre (VHS Wolfsburg) also offer German courses. Not only do they offer language courses like “German as a foreign language”, they also offer “integration courses” where, as well as learning German, you can also learn about the political and social environment in Germany.
Please note that for assessing language skills, there is a common European reference framework for languages (GER), which divides language ability into 6 levels:
A2: Basic knowledge
B1: Intermediate language use
B2: Independent language use
C1: Specialised language use
C2: Almost native language skills
How much do the courses cost?
The costs vary depending on the number of participants and teaching hours. Courses generally cost somewhere between 240 and 420 euros. For integration courses, you might be able to obtain financial support from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. Ask at your local adult education centre whether you are eligible to apply!
What other facilities can I use to learn German?
The language learning app “German for refugees” from the Diakonie (Deaconry social welfare group) in Lower Saxony can translate 800 frequently used phrases into 50 languages and so can help you learn everyday German. You can download the app for free from the Google Play store. The app is also available as a book which you can order from any bookshop.