Integration courses – what are they?

The integration course is a measure to acquire German language skills for foreigners in Germany.


IEC - International Education Centers GmbH in Wuppertal provide integration courses for immigrants within the framework of the basics of federal law.

If you would like to live in Germany, you should learn German!


This is important if you are looking for work, if you need to fill in application forms, if you would like to support your children in school or if you would like to meet new people.

Also, you should know certain things about Germany, for example, about its history, culture and its legal system. You will learn all this on our integration courses. You can find important information about our courses in Wuppertal on the following pages.

Content and scheduling

Each integration course consists of a language course and an orientation course. The general integration course comprises 700 lessons, and depending on the focus of the course that applies to you, the course could last for up to 1000 lessons in total.

The language course

The language course comprises a total of 600 lessons on the general integration course, and up to 900 lessons on special courses.


The language course will cover important aspects of everyday life.


You will also learn to write letters and e-mails in German, complete forms, make telephone calls and apply for jobs. Topics will vary depending on which type of course you attend. If for example you attend a youth integration course, you will deal with topics which are of particular interest to young people such as applying for an apprenticeship.

You will take intermediate tests during out language courses. This will help you prepare for the final examination at the end of the integration Course.

The orientation course

You will attend the orientation course after the language course. It takes 60 hours to complete.

In the orientation course you will discuss the following, for example:

  • the German legal system, history and culture,
  • rights and obligations in Germany,
  • ways of co-existing in society, and
  • important values in German society, e.g. freedom of worship, tolerance and equal rights.

You will complete the orientation course by taking the final examination.

Other things you need to know

Before the integration course begins, we will carry out an assessment test. The result will help determine which course module you should begin with and whether it would be useful for you to attend a special integration course.

If you have attended lessons according to the rules and have used up your full quota of lessons on the integration course but have not attained language level B1 in the language section of the final examination, you can apply to repeat 300 lessons on a one-off basis. You can then also re-sit the language examination once without paying a fee.

Do you have any questions? Please contact us!

You can always visit one of our locations, and there pass the placement test for the correct assignment of the integration course.


According to the test results and the guidelines of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), we will then jointly select the right one for you entry module.

Haben Sie Fragen, Wünsche oder Anregungen?


Bitte nehmen Sie Kontakt mit uns auf, wir helfen Ihnen gerne weiter!


Lise-Meitner-Str. 5-9
42119 Wuppert

Tel.: 0202 - 261 58 77 -0
Fax: 0202 – 261 5877 -9

Geschäftsstelle Barmen
Friedrich-Engels-Allee 430
42283 Wuppertal
1 . Etage über der Volksbank zentral am Alter Markt
Geschäftsstelle Elberfeld
Kasino Str. 27
42103 Wuppertal
1. Etage
Direkt an der Schwebebahnhaltestelle Ohlingsmühle
Geschäftsstelle am Lichtscheid Wasserturm
(Reiner Unterrichtsort)
Heinz-Fangmann Str. 2-4
42287 Wuppertal

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