Information for Refugees
The free application process by uni-assist ended on 31 December 2019. Free of charge applications were thus only available until the winter semester 2019. For applications for the summer semester 2020 onwards the regular handling fees apply. Here we inform you about remaining offers by uni-assist and other institutions for refugees interested in studying in Germany.
Here you find links to programs offered to refugees. In preparation for your studies in Germany you can take advantage of counseling and language courses. These can increase your chances of enrolling at an academic program in Germany.
The majority of study tracks offered at German universities require well developed German language skills. Here you find the most popular providers of German courses:
- Important tips and links of the DAAD on German language classes for university studies
- Offers by the Goethe Institute – apps, online classes and more
- Learn German on the website of Deutsche Welle
- A language course offer by the German Adult Education Association. The site is available in Arabic, Farsi and other languages.
- You can find integration classes near you using this search form
Relevant information regarding study opportunities in Germany is important for planning an application. Here you find some important contact points for more information:
- Guidelines of DAAD for refugees who wish to study in Germany
- Education counselling by the University Guarantee Fund
- If you have questions on the recognition of non-German vocational credentials, take a look at the pages of the Network IQ ("Integration through Qualification")
- Make it in Germany – important information around studies, work, vocational training, residency, German language classes and more
- A collection of helpful information for refugees in Germany, offered by the PRO ASYL organisation – also available in Arabic.
- Overview of refugee councils in Germany by PRO ASYL
- Would you like to take up university studies, but haven’t found a place at a university? Using KIRON, you can begin your studies
The self-disclosure form
You are missing important documents due to your refugee status, such as educational certificates or transcripts of marks? You can still apply for a study programme in Germany! It’s simple:
You register and submit all documents you have. We will determine that some documents are missing. We will then send you the self-disclosure form. Complete this form and enter information on your education: exams, grades and degrees. We will forward your application and the self-disclosure form to the university of your choice.
Please keep in mind that you need to apply as early as possible! If documents are missing and you need to fill out the self-disclosure form, the application procedure will take slightly longer than usual!
Special study programmes for refugees
The HZB certificate
If you submit your application using the free application procedure, you may request the HZB certificate from uni-assist until the 31 March 2020. You can submit the HZB certificate even to universities that do not work with uni-assist, as well as to other institutions in order to clarify your educational background.
The HZB certificate will also be issued if documents are missing because of your refugee status on the basis of submitted documents and the self-disclosure form.
The HZB certificate cannot be issued if your educational background does not qualify you to study in Germany.
You have applied using the free application procedure? Request your HZB certificate by using our contact form until 31 March 2020. Click on the following link and choose the option "You can ask us another question here."
Fill-in help for the uni-assist self-disclosure form
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