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uni-assist for refugees

Welcome to Germany!


You would like to study at a German university?


Then you're in the right place. uni-assist examines whether an applicant's educational certificates qualifies them to study at  a large number of German universities.


As a refugee, you are in principle eligible to study at a German university, especially when your refugee status is recognised. The admission procedure is the same as for any other international applicant.


The examination of certificates is free of charge if you…


►prove that you have been registered as a refugee in your German residency permit

passed the TestAS test


submit a certificate of consultation (Bescheinigung) from a uni-assist member university that recommends an examination of certificates free of charge



You can find a list of all uni-assist member universities here:

uni-assist members


Two steps to free examination


step1: applying for free examination

step2: submitting the application for a degree program after being requested to do so by uni-assist


The free examination is only possible for up to three universities. Any further applications (more than three universities) are charged with 15 EUR for each application.



step 1 applying for free examination


Please send us:


  1.  a completely filled in application form for participation in the free examination of university admission eligibility in Germany (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung, HZB)
  2. a copy of your German residency permit that shows that you have been granted refugee status 
  3.  a print-out of the TestAS certificate or a certificate consultation (Bescheinigung) from a uni-assist member university



Please send your signed application form and the documents above in paper form to this address


uni-assist e.V.
11507 Berlin



step 2 submitting the application


After evaluation of the application for free examination you will receive an e-mail from uni-assist with a request to apply for a degree program and all of the necessary information for further steps.


For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us via our contact form or call our telephone services. Or take a look at our FAQs.


Please find more information about studying in Germany here:





This program is sponsored by the DAAD with resources of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research