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Knowledge of the German language helps at work and in every day life in Landshut. Who does not want to learn on his own, but under tutorial professional guidance should attend a German course.
Half of the costs for this course will be coverd by public authorities.
Although attendants are able to file an application for taking over the share of oneâ€™s costs for the course depending on ones economical situation.
More information: www.bamf.de
As from January 2005 certain foreigners have the right to take part in publicly supported integration-courses. These courses include a German language course of 600 hours as well as an orientation-course, which will deal with the basic knowledge such as the German legal system, culture and history.
Foreigners from Non-EU-countries who stay permanently in the Federal Republic can apply to take part in such courses.
Foreigners who will only stay temporarily or foreigners already mastering an advanced level of German language cannot apply for such courses. This includes children and adolescents attending school.
Those foreigners who are asked to take part in such a course by the aliens department «Ausländerbehörde» or those who cannot speak German at a basic level have to attend an integration-course. The aliens department «Ausländeramt» fills application forms for the courses, gives information and hands out lists naming the language schools offering integrationcourses. A suitable school can be found by one's own choice. Some schools offer a trial day free of charge.
Attention: If one doesn't take part in an integration-course although obliged by the aliens department «Ausländerbehörde», difficulties can occur with the extension of one's residence permit. If one draws unemployment benefits II «Arbeitslosengeld II» or social benefits, cutbacks of these benefits are possible consequences.
LICENSED LANGUAGE SCHOOLS IN LANDSHUT:
One has to inquire with the school to get information on when the language courses start.
At the BWS beginner courses start on a regular basis every second month. All courses are full time courses. Intermediate and advanced level courses will be offered on demand.
All types of courses from basic to advanced level, up to university level courses are offered here. One can either take full time courses, 20 hours a week, in the mornings, or part-time classes in the evenings.
Language courses are offered for women only. Care can be provided for children, while mothers are in the course.
Program books are released every six months and show all courses offered
APPROVAL OF FOREIGN QUALIFICATION
In most cases the employer will decide if a foreign qualification is good enough for the job one is applying for. Often the employer cannot really judge a foreign qualification so certificates and diplomas have to be officially approved. Often it is not enough just to have the certificate translated. For Bavaria there is an office in Munich where one can have the school certificates approved (see address section). Who wants to take up higher education in Germany must have the school diploma recognized to see if you are allowed to study at a German university right away or if one has to attend «Studienkolleg». The process may take weeks. More information is available directly from the «Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle» Munich.
- The «Schulamt» is responsible for all certificates from professional schools.
- The «Industrie- und Handelskammer, IHK» is responsible for all qualifications regarding technical professions.
- The «Handwekskammer» is responsible for all trades qualifications.
- The «Landwirtschaftsministerium » or the «Landwirtschaftskammer» are responsible for all qualifications regarding farm production.
- The «Kultusministerium» or the «Schulbehörde» are responsible for all school professions.
- The «Ministerium für Gesundheit» or the «Ärztekammer» are responsible for medical professions.
THE SCHOOL SYSTEM
JUVENILES AND HIGHER EDUCATION
The schools can provide information about changing schools at the «Elternabend» and also about training opportunities «Ausbildungwege». About further education through apprenticeships the Agentur für Arbeit and BIZ, and the profession information center can help you. Juveniles who have not done most of their schooling in Germany and do not qualify for a «Qualifizierenden Hauptschulabschluss» can do courses at the VHS to get this «Quali».
COUNSELLING BY THE AGENTUR FÜR ARBEIT
The «BIZ» (profession information center) in the «Agentur für Arbeit» is on the ground floor. It has an extensive amount of information and is an excellent information source for all questions on further education. One can personally get information either from the computers on the newest job offers or look at the files showing all different types of professions. Most information can also be fond at www.arbeitsagentur.de including a list of apprenticeship offers.
Note: for professional guidance regarding different ways of pursuing training there are different people you can speak to. Young people whose parents receive «Arbeitlosengeld II» can also talk to the ARGE.
GERMAN AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
Information about special support groups to improve the studentâ€™s German should be enquired with every particular school.
HAUS INTERNATIONAL OFFERS HELP WITH HOMEWORK
Students of foreign origin find help with their homework from school at the HI. Mother-tongue volunteers also help with language problems. Sometimes these people will even come to the families, but usually the tuition will be held at Orbankai.