In Germany there are many language schools where you can learn German. Some of them, such as the Goethe Institut, specialise in teaching the German language. Adult Education Centres (Volkshochschulen), which are in all major cities, also offer a wide range of German courses.
- German courses are offered either for beginners or advanced speakers. Schools will often carry out an assessment test with you to determine which course is right for you. You shall find special classes for parents that only take place in the morning or include childcare.
You will find literacy courses for people who do not master the Roman alphabet yet. In especially small classes you can learn to read and write the Roman letters.
- There are also courses in German for professional purposes. These courses do not only focus on everyday language but also on teaching content specific for professions, such as healthcare or sales roles. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) supports vocational language promotion through the ESF-BAMF Programme. In special professional courses offered by providers such as the Goethe Institut, you can also prepare for everyday working life.
- Many language schools also offer preparation courses for language tests. These include, for example, Test DaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache) [German as a foreign language test] and DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung) [German language examination for university entrance] tests. These tests are usually used to prove your German language skills before you can start a degree course.
Before you start a German course, check whether it is possible for you to attend free of charge. You can obtain information from your local Migration Advice Service for Adult Immigrants (MBE).
If you are registered as a job-seeker with the Federal Employment Agency or the Job Centre, ask them about learning German free of charge too.