TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe

German Language Courses

Having a solid command of the German language is a very important part of getting the hang of everyday life in Germany. This is part of the reason why the German federal government supports the integration and qualification of foreign-born citizens through subsidized language courses. 

Unless you already know the language, taking a German course even before you arrive here is an excellent idea. The Goethe-Institut, for example, offers high-quality courses all around the world. You can also find numerous free alternatives online, such as from Deutsche Welle. Eventually, however, you will probably learn the most right here in Germany. Here, you will be surrounded by the language every day, which will give you plenty of chances to practice! 

Our region is home to numerous language schools that provide German courses for every learning level, as well as for different areas of specialization. Some of the most affordable options are available at local Volkshochschulen, which can be found throughout the region. 

To aid your search for a suitable language school near you, take a look at the list of local options we have assembled for you.

Meanwhile, there are lots of additional ways to improve your German. Language cafes and tandem partners represent two fun opportunities to practice while interacting with native speakers.


Keep your eyes open for bulletin boards at your university and its students' organization (Studentenwerk), at institutions like the IBZ, and in online forums. There are plenty of people who are interested in learning your language and willing to help you with your German in Exchange, so called tandem partners.

As a foreign citizen, you have the option (and, in some cases, the obligation) to take part in a state-subsidized integration course. The objective of this course is to help you acquire the German language skills you need to be an active member of German society and its culture. To successfully complete the course, you will need to pass a Zertifikat Deutsch exam (corresponding to level B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). 

The course includes the following:

  • Basic and intermediate lessons (600 in total) designed to impart adequate German language skills 
  • Orientation (60 lessons) designed to teach you about the legal system, culture, and history of Germany

The language lessons are divided into six modules corresponding to different levels of aptitude.
At the cost of €1.20 per lesson, the state-subsidized integration course is an unbeatable deal!
For certain groups of people, participation in an integration course is mandatory. 

This applies to you if you:

  • Receive benefits (such as for unemployment) within the meaning of Book II of Germany's Code of Social Law and are to enter into a corresponding integration agreement, or;
  • Have been directed to participate by the foreign citizens' office on the basis of special necessity

You are not required to participate if you:

  • Are currently attending vocational training or another form of educational activity in Germany
  • Can provide documentation of your participation in comparable educational activities in Germany
  • Are unable to do so for the required duration, or if doing so would constitute an unreasonable burden
  • Hold a long-term residence permit in another EU member-state in which you have already participated in integration activities

If you are an EU citizen and wish to attend an integration course in order to improve your German, you can submit an application to the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). Since you are not officially entitled to participate as an EU citizen, your permission to do so will depend on whether there is enough space available in the course in question. 

The following groups are also not explicitly entitled to participate in an integration course:

  • Highly skilled individuals
  • Children, teenagers, and young adults who are starting school or continuing their education in Germany
  • Those adjudged to have little need of integration
  • Those who already have adequate German language skills

Registration and attendance

The foreign citizens' office responsible for you will let you know whether you are entitled or required to participate. It will also issue you a corresponding confirmation. With this document, you can register for any integration course you choose, provided it is offered by an approved organization. You can also apply to have the cost of the course waived when you register.

The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion has a close-knit network of different public and private organizations where you can attend an integration course. The BAMF website makes it easy to find one in your area. 

Further information

Find an integration course near you using the BAMF's search engine.

The region's Volkshochschulen regularly offer integration courses.

The city of Karlsruhe's Office for Intengration also offers advice on language and integration courses.

Sprachschulen in der TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe

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BBS Baden-Badener
Sprachschule GmbH

Lange Str. 94
76530 Baden-Baden-Innenstadt
Tel. +49 (0) 7221 226 61
Zur Website

pro-diction GmbH

Sankt-Urban-Str. 8
76532 Baden-Baden-Weststadt
Tel. +49 (0) 7221 185 80 92


Lern- & Förderzentrum (LFZ)

Schloßstraße 4 (2. OG)
76646 Bruchsal
Tel.: +49 (0) 7251 98 40 04
Zur Website


Eisenbahnstr. 7
76646 Bruchsal
Tel.+49 (0) 7251 98 95 70
Zur Website

Arbeitskreis für Aus und Weiterbildung
Zweigstellen Bruchsal

Hildastraße 1
76646 Bruchsal
Tel. +49 (0) 7251 385 700


Ernst-Blickle-Str. 21-25
76646 Bruchsal
Tel. +49 (0) 7251 722340


Arbeitskreis für Aus und Weiterbildung
Zweigstelle Ettlingen

Goethestraße 17
76275 Ettlingen
Tel. +49 (0) 7243 34468 0
Zur Website


ProfeS-Gesellschaft für Bildung und Kommunikation mbH

Rudolf-von-Habsburg-Str. 2
76726 Germersheim
Tel. +49 (0) 7274 949 93 0
Zur Website


Aktiv Sprachschule

Kaiserstr. 160-162
76133 Karlsruhe, Innenstadt-West
Tel. +49 (0) 176 646 131 45

Aprendo Sprachschulungen GmbH

Karlstraße 27
76133 Karlsruhe, Innenstadt-West
Tel. +49 (0) 721 920 20 34
Zur Website

Arbeitskreis für Aus und Weiterbildung

Griesbachstr. 12
76185 Karlsruhe - Mühlburg
Tel. +49 (0) 721 850 29 0
Zur Website


76133 Karlsruhe
Kaiserstraße 215
Tel. +49 (0) 721 266 25
Zur Website


Erbprinzenstraße 34
76133 Karlsruhe, Innenstadt-West
Tel. +49 (0) 721 59 66 80 24
Zur Website

Franck Sprachendienste

Tel. +49 (0) 172 404 65 48
Zur Website

IdE-Trainingsinstitut Runne

Karlstraße 49a
76133 Karlsruhe
Tel. +49 (0) 721 464 620
Zur Website

Idioma-Sprachschule GmbH

Kaiserstr. 179a
76133 Karlsruhe, Innenstadt-West
Tel. +49 (0) 721 241 13
Zur Website

inlingua Sprachcenter

Kriegsstraße 154
76133 Karlsruhe, Innenstadt-West
Tel. +49 (0) 721 20 39 77 57
Zur Website

LinC, Bramall und Thompson

Siemensallee 84a
76187 Karlsruhe – Knielingen
Tel. +49 (0) 721 531 696 96
Zur Website

Sprachakademie Karlsruhe

Waldstraße 41 - 43
76133 Karlsruhe
Tel. +49 (0) 721 203 99 60
Zur Website

SMH studienzentrum Karlsruhe

Erbprinzenstr. 20
76133 Karlsruhe
Tel. +49 (0) 721 982 398 80
Zur Website

District of Karlsruhe

IdE-Trainingsinstitut Runne

Friedrichstr. 67
76669 Bad Schönborn
Tel. +49 (0) 721 464 620
Zur Website


Arbeitskreis für Aus- und Weiterbildung

Karlsruher Straße 11
76437 Rastatt
Tel. +49 (0) 7222 405 70
Zur Website


Kehler Str. 8
76437 Rastatt
Tel. +49 (0) 7222 93 50 50
Zur Website