Study opportunities for refugees

General information 

As a rule, refugees are allowed to study at German universities. Normally you won’t encounter any problems if your status is recognised (entitled to asylum, granted refugee protection etc.). The same applies if your application for asylum is still being processed or if you only hold a “tolerated” status.

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Students talking © DAAD/Hagenguth

Advising services

You can get more information about studying in Germany at the at the university in your city. The staff at the International Office can help you choose a suitable degree programme, evaluate your certificates and plan your next steps. Some universities have counsellors specifically responsible for refugees. Inquire about them at your nearest International Office. You can find a  on the DAAD website.

The Academic Advising Office at the  helps young immigrants continue or commence studies in Germany. The counselling sessions on location are free of charge. There are 21 advising offices throughout Germany. You can make an appointment on their website.

Initiated by German law students, Refugee Law Clinics offer free legal counselling to refugees.

Keine oder unvollständige Unterlagen

Auch wenn du keine oder unvollständige Unterlagen über deine bisherige Bildung hast, gibt es Möglichkeiten, an einer deutschen Hochschule zu studieren. Je nach Bundesland und Hochschule gibt es unterschiedliche Regelungen:

  • schrittweises Verfahren, zum Beispiel durch Interviews
  • Aufnahmeprüfung und/oder Feststellungsprüfung und/oder Einstufungsprüfung
  • Einzelfallprüfung
  • Versicherung „an Eides statt“
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A group of students © DAAD/Hagenguth

Your questions – our answers! 

No matter what you’d like to know about studying in Germany, we will tell you! In our FAQs for refugees you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions. And if you cannot find a specific question, just contact us via the contact form and we will be happy to help you!

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