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Learning German

Are you looking for a German course? On this page you will find more information on this topic.

Switzerland has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. English is also widely spoken. The Swiss Confederation
website
 has more information about the languages and dialects of the country.

Certificates and funding

DeutschBon – a voucher for a German course

Once a year, the City of Bern issues vouchers that are used to pay for German courses. The DeutschBon website has more information (DE).

Where can I find more information about language certificates and funding courses?

  • The Canton of Bern has more information on this topic at Hallo-bern.ch.
  • You can search for language courses that are financially supported on the Canton of Bern web portal. (DE, FR)
  • People with limited means can receive a KulturLegi. With the KulturLegi, you benefit from discounts of 30 percent or more on many cultural, sports, leisure and educational activities (including language courses) in the canton of Bern and throughout Switzerland. (DE, FR)

Finding a German course

Where can I find a free or low-cost German course?

Language tests and proficiency levels

Which language certificate is valid for my residence permit?

  • You can take the «fide» language test, which tests your language skills in everyday life in Switzerland. You can find more information on the fide website (EN, DE, FR, IT).
  • Do you need a language certificate when you extend your residence permit? The State Secretariat of Migration (SEM) website has more information on which language levels are required (EN, DE, FR, IT).

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