An integration course is a combination of language and orientation course and is supposed to aid your integration in Germany. The language course usually entails 600 learning hours which concludes with a final exam („Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer" or DTZ for short) at B1 level. An integration course covers topics such as work, shopping, communicating with authorities and writing emails/letters. In an orientation course, however, you learn mainly about the history, culture, society and politics in Germany. The orientation course usually entails 100 hours of learning and concludes with a final exam.
In addition to the regular integration courses, there are specific integration courses for women, parents or young adults (up to 27 years). There are also literacy courses for the following groups:
- People who cannot read or write well in any language
- people who are not familiar with the Latin alphabet but can read and write in another language.
For fast-learners, there are so-called intensive courses, in which they learn the same as everyone else in regular integration courses but in less time.