German for Work: "Bildungsurlaub"


While you take a leave of absence from work for educational purposes (Bildungsurlaub), learn German or broaden your German language skills with our 30 lesson unit per week career-oriented language courses. Our language courses are recognized by the Berliner (BiUrlG) and Brandenburger Bildungsurlaubsgesetz (BbgWBG). Employees in Berlin can apply for a leave of absence with their employer for the duration of their language course.

Deepen your German abilities with a recognized, career oriented Language course! 

Content and methodology: Office communication (phone calls, E-Mail, conversations with colleagues) – Job search, applications, interviews – Negotiating work hours and vacation time – Income – commissions and wages 

  • Lessons per week
    30 x 45 min.
  • Group size
    3 - 5 students (mini group)
  • Course duration
    2 weeks
  • Days
    Mon - Fri
  • Time
    13:00 - 18:00
  • Course levels
    A2/B1, B1/B2, B2/C1

Important Notices

Placement test:

In order to register for the Bildungsurlaub with your employer, the notice of recognition and the schedule usually have to be submitted to the HR department. To be able to send you the right documents, your German language skills must be assessed.

If you are unsure about your level, you are welcome to take a placement test so that we can place you in the right level. The test can also be taken online.


For the Bildungsurlaub “German for Business,” the full course fees of 530 euros must be paid for registration.

As soon as you have bindingly registered by paying the course fee, we can send you a personal certificate of registration, which you will probably need for you employer.

Further Information

What exactly is a "Bildungsurlaub"?

“Bildungsurlaub means the legal entitlement of workers to paid time off work from their employer for the purpose of attending recognized or deemed recognized courses of political and/or vocational education and training. The legal basis is the Berlin Bildungsurlaubsgesetz (BiUrlG) from 24.10.1990 (GVBl. S. 2209), as last amended by Article X on 17.05.1999 (GVBl. S. 178). All Berlin employees and trainees have a legal entitlement regardless of age” (Berlin Senate)

Dates for German Educational Leave Courses

  • On-site Course Dates:
    28.06.21 - 09.07.21
    06.09.21 - 17.09.21
    01.11.21 - 12.11.21
  • Online Course Dates:
    Currently no course offerings!