The Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF) just sent me 330 euros because I know German. Woohoo! Ok, it isn’t really free money — it’s a refund — but it still feels brilliant. If you don’t know how the BAMF courses work, here’s a little overview: The BAMF integration courses include 660 lesson hours at … Continue reading It Pays to Learn German
I finally received my DTZ test results! Actually, in typical bureaucratic fashion, I had to go pick up my results from the language school and sign a paper saying I received them. I could have gotten them a few weeks ago, but I was busy enough that I kept putting it off. As luck would … Continue reading Ich spreche Deutsch: B1 German!
When I started the Orientierungskurs, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The course is required for integration (in other words, for students who need to satisfy BAMF requirements for immigration purposes). In my case, I already have a two-year German residence and work permit, but I need to complete the integration program to renew that … Continue reading What to Expect from the BAMF Orientierungskurs
It sounds funny to say that I am taking an “orientation course” after living in Germany for over a year, but that’s exactly what I’m doing. It’s the second-to-last step in my German integration. (The last step is the language exam I’m taking in February.) My Orientierungskurs started on Monday. Like my language class, it’s around four … Continue reading Getting Oriented
Yesterday I took the exam for the end of my B1 German class. I’ll find out the results on Monday, but I’m 99.9% sure I passed. After this I have to take the Orientierungskurs (Orientation Course, kind of like the citizenship course in the US) and take the official Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer (German Test for Immigrants). I … Continue reading Putting my B1 German to the Test