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Information in English

Welcome to the department of VHS Hamburg’s German as a foreign language - Deutsch als Fremdsprache (DaF). You will find general information on our program below. Feel free to contact us via e-mail if you have any further questions:

  • We offer daytime and evening classes (Deutschkurse für alle>>) for all levels of the "Common European Framework of Reference for languages" (from Breakthrough A1 to Mastery C2). The classes offer 90 minutes of teaching twice a week, you can join any time during the semester, sizes permitting. The fees are 60 € - 240 € for 4 months, reduced fees are possible.
  • We also offer intensive/integration courses>> according to the German migration law – which can be taken 3-5 times a week in the mornings, afternoons or evenings - consisting of 12-25 lessons per week. The fees are 390 € for one module (4-8 weeks), reduced fees are possible. The intensive courses start regularly.
  • Our jobrelated German Courses>> (§45, DeuFöV) start monthly. The VHS offers levels B1, B2 and C1 in the mornings and afternoons, 20-25 hours/weekly. You can only enroll with a current certificate from your Jobcenter/Agentur für Arbeit  called “Berechtigung” and after having finished your Integration Course.
  • The VHS also offers language courses for people with insecure residence status (DuA>>) who are not eligible for Integration Courses or Jobrelated Courses. The courses have 100 hours and run 4 days/week with 4-5 hours each in various locations across town. Participation is free, sponsored by the Town of Hamburg.
  • We provide regular test dates for telc and Goethe-Institut language tests>>, levels A1-C2 and we offer special preparation courses.
  • For people in the process of naturalization we also offer BAMF-naturalization tests (“Einbürgerungstest>>”).

Please note that our courses don´t fulfill the requirements for obtaining a "Sprachvisum" (language visa).

Please also note that you can only enrol in person. It is possible to take an online placement test>> for levels A1-B1. Please bring the test result with you. For levels B2-C2 it is indispensable to take a placement test at our office.

For further information, a personal consultation, assessment of your individual language level or course enrolment, please visit our centre, in person, during opening hours>>.

We hope to see you soon!