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Language courses in and around Castrop-Rauxel

We’re collecting information about language courses for refugees in Castrop-Rauxel right here. If you have questions, feel free to ask. This list will constantly be updated, also feel free to provide additional information.

There are at least three types of German courses:

  1. German language courses offered by volunteers, aiming at enabling you to communicate in everyday life, no matter what your status as an asylum seeker is
  2. Integrationskurse (integration courses) offered by institutions like the VHS (adult education centre) or Kolping for accepted refugees, aiming at enabling you to work in Germany
  3. language courses for students, aiming at enabling you to study in German(y)

Since November 2015 people applying for asylum who have a good chance of staying in Germany get to take part in an official integration course. Here you find more information and the application form:



Integration course providers in your area

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There are different kind of courses:



1. Language courses offered by volunteers

German language course at Heilig Kreuz

10:00 – 12:00

Wilhelmstraße 50
44575 Castrop-Rauxel

Contact: 02305 12789

German language course at Gemeindehaus St. Elisabeth

10:00 – 12:00

Gemeindehaus St. Elisabeth
Bochumer Straße 96
44575 Castrop-Rauxel

German language course at Agora

Wednesdays 15:00 – 17:00

The Agora Center offers voluntary German learning in a language café. You can go there and learn German without obligation.

After learning, you are welcome to Cooking with Ludmilla
This is also a free offer for all refugees to meet new people and train your language skills. While cooking, mostly German is spoken.

2. Certified integration courses


Integration courses are offered by Agora.

Kulturzentrum AGORA, Zechenstraße 2A, 44581 Castrop-Rauxel

Kurszeiten (Stand Nov. 2017): Die Integrationskurse finden dreimal wöchentlich (montags, dienstags, donnerstags) von 8:30 bis 12:30 statt.

Ansprechpartner: Thorsten Schnelle, Dipl.-Sozialwissenschaftler (Soziologe), Dipl.-Sozialpädagoge

Dozent: Johannes Beisenherz

Kontakt: 02305 92304-0


Integration courses are offered by the adult education center VHS, you can find them here.

Stadt Castrop-Rauxel
Europaplatz 1
44575 Castrop-Rauxel
Rathaus, Zimmer 141

Phone 02305 / 106-2638
Mail vhs@castrop-rauxel.de 


There are also integration courses offered by the Kolping education center:

„On behalf of the Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees (BAMF) we offer two language courses for German. These are controlled by means of intermediate and final examinations and meet the demanded standard.“

Kolping Bildungswerk
Zechenstraße 2A in 44581 Castrop-Rauxel
Telefon: 02305/546921

Overview: Integration courses in Dortmund

If you choose and integration course in another city, the public transport ticket will not be provided/paid for.

Auslandsgesellschaft Dortmund e. V. – Overview of integration courses and language schools in Dortmund (Pdf) 


Intensive language courses at the Auslandsgesellschaft

Intensive courses at the Auslandsgesellschaft in Dortmund (Intercultural Academy)

Grundstufe A1, A2, B1 und Mittelstufe B2/1, B2/2 und C1

Integration courses at the language school pdl in Dortmund

The integration courses for migrants offered by the language school „projekt deutsch lernen“ (pdl) in Dortmund are certified by the BAMF, so you can ask the jobcenter to cover its costs. You should have in mind though that the jobcenter might not pay for the public transport ticket needed to get to Dortmund from Castrop. (If you have news on that matter, please let us know by writing to kontakt@fluechtlingshilfe-castrop.de.)

Integration courses at the Berlitz language school in Dortmund

The integration courses offered by the well-known language school Berlitz are certified by the BAMF. If you already have an acceptance as a refugee, the course fee can be paid for by the BAMF. If your asylum process is still pending, you should talk to the BAMF in Nürnberg to find out if they cover the costs. If you live in Castrop and want to attend an Integrationskurs in Dortmund (or Bochum or Essen), the jobcenter will probably not pay for the public transport ticket to commute to the course, you should ask the jobcenter employee who is responsible for you.

3. University language courses

List of NRW universities, language courses and contact persons

Here’s a list of all the contact persons in universities around – you can ask them for consultation and about specific language courses at university:


Bochum University – University Language Centre ZFA

If you want to study in Germany, you might want to learn Germany at the University. The Ruhr Universtität in Bochum is offering German courses for foreign students. You can find a lot of information here and here. („DaF“ is short for „Deutsch als Fremdsprache“ -> „German as a foreign language“.)

Ready for TestDaF?

Click here to take a short test of your knowledge of German. The test should only take a few minutes.

Information and Counselling
Fon +49 (0)234 32 27866


Ruhr-Universität Bochum welcomes refugees in Germany and wants to support their start in Bochum:
„The language is the key to an optimal integration and a possible academic career. At the moment language courses are difficult to find and to finance. Therefore, the RUB department „Deutsch als Fremdsprache“ (DaF – German as a foreign language) conducted workshops called „teach the teacher“ this autumn for volunteers interested in teaching the German language.
The International Office wants to support this know-how offering rooms and materials in cooperation with DaF in order to provide free German language courses to refugees with an academic background from Bochum and the surrounding area.
The German language courses are intended to start in January 2016 and be given twice a week by volunteers.
Find more information and apply/register here:

Ökumenisches Studienkolleg Bochum

The Studienkolleg in Bochum is offering preparatory courses and language courses for (future) students.

Interculturas e. V. in Bochum

Working together with AStA, the students’ representative body at the Ruhr University of Bochum, we offer German language courses to students from all over the world wishing to enrol or continue their studies at a German university.

Sprachcafé at Bochum University

Sprachcafé takes place every monday – during lecture period – starting at 5 until 9 pm in Max-Kade-Hall (Laerholzstr. 82, 44801 Bochum).

„Do you search for an opportunity to improve your German or foreign language proficiency and would you like to practice with German native speakers and internationals? Are you interested in learning new languages in an informal atmosphere? Do you want to get an insight into different cultures and to meet new people?
If so, visit Sprachcafé and help us to create an international atmosphere!

Coffee, tea and entertainment are included. Partcipation is – of course – free of charge!“

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