Vocational language courses

Vocational language courses

You can learn German for your work with the programme “Job-related language training as per Section 45a German Residence Act [AufenthG])”. The aim of the vocational language courses: After a course, your job-related Germans skills will be better. This gives you a better chance of finding a job or an apprenticeship.
The Federal Agency of Migration and Refugees (BAMF) organises the vocational language courses. Many language schools offer these courses. There are various different programmes:

  • Vocational language courses for A2, B1, B2 and C1 consist of 400 to 500 lessons of 45 minutes each. At the end of the course, you take an exam and receive a language certificate. You learn grammar and vocabulary that you need in your career. For example, you learn how to make conversation with your colleagues and how to write business letters.
  • In the specialist vocational language courses, you learn special vocabulary and talk about the issues that are important in your profession. For example, you could attend a special course if you want to work as a doctor or a geriatric nurse in Germany. There are specialist courses for various careers.

You can find out more about the vocational language courses at the Federal Employment Agency (Arbeitsagentur), Jobcenter or BAMF. For online information, please see the BAMF website.