INTEGRATION COURSES IN GERMANY

Being an outsider does have its own aberrations as far as the connectivity with the regional society and their cultures are concerned. The visitor faces difficulty even in integrating with the economic landscapes which most of the time constitutes the prime reason for his movement or in migration. Such isolation is more pronounced in culturally self contained societies of the world. The German society is one such vibrant yet self contained culture. The German language has its own iconic reputation as an ancient language that preserves some of the best scientific and investigative secrets of the global knowledge reserves. With such a great heritage quotient attached with Germany, the demand for ‘integration courses’ has always remained high here. The in bound students and professionals have been fuelling this demand at large in the yester decades.

Integration course is any course structure which prepares the alien individual as for his integrative maneuvers with the regional society and economy. Language constitutes the most significant component of such integration courses. For if the visitor fails to even communicate with his fellow partners and in the local market, the chances of his being at ease decreases drastically. Integration courses are specifically designed keeping in view the requirements of the student community and the migrant professionals and workers. The prime component of the ‘language’ consists of at least of the duration of 400-600 hours in Germany and encompasses the development of preliminary linguistics skills in the visitor so that he can feel the ease at conversations with the local society. Communicative abilities pave the way for secondary interactions and maneuverings by the visitor in the social and economic landscapes. German language has its own potent identity and thus has survived as distinct linguistics at the global level. With thousands of people coming for study in Germany or work, such integration course does a great help to them. It also helps in cultural exchange.

The second component is that of the ‘orientation’ of the visitor with respect to the German society, its traditions, culture and dominant patterns! Administrative communication and basic procedures also included in most of the integration courses. The aim is to make the expats be well versed with the typical administrative structure of Germany so that any help can be called for at opportune time! Basic governmental services and rights as also duties of the visitors are also included. Although being sharply shorter in duration (about 60hours), this component covers significant parameters like the German politics and related affairs. Translation of important words in the newspapers is attempted in a thorough manner. The integration courses are designed specifically for variety of groups like women, people under 27 and parents among others.

The job component is also worked upon in the integration courses and the visiting students are taught about the basic verbal efficiencies as for the purpose of interviews and the industrial and economic orientations of the German nation. Broadly the purpose is to prepare the new visitor with the German language skills and orient him about the German landscapes – ‘social and economic and others’. Radio, Television and others modes of communication are also included in the course structure so as to allow the visitor to better connect with Germany. A final examination is conducted which is free of any charge and declares the suitability of the visitor for the German society and the economy.