Services and support for refugees

If you need advice or have any question about studying at Ulm University feel free to contact us (please have a look on the right column of the website).

For general questions such as:

  • Moving to Ulm to study
  • Financial options
  • Learning German
  • Application process (Which documents are required? Loss of documents etc.)

contact the Contact person for Refugees at Ulm University.


Recognized refugees have priority access (if the requirements for admission are fulfilled) for a part of the places within the contingent of Non-European students of study programs with local admission restrictions .

Ulm University offers a preparatory course (Propädeutikum) that provides technical, social and organizational inclusion into the institution and prepares for successful studies. Admission is possible for recognized refugees and foreign students who apply for a non-restricted program at Ulm University and fulfill the formal requirements (language requirements in the Propädeutikum are lower than in access to specialized studies and are raised to the entrance level of Bachelor study programs during the Propädeutikum).

The university library may be used by everybody. Refugees are very welcome to use it. To borrow media from the library you need to get a library card which costs in general 5 Euros for refugees that are not enrolled.

At Ulm University a regional coordination office for advising and supporting persons for refugees at universities and universities of applied sciences in the "Regierungsbezirk Tübingen" is installed, financed by the MWK Baden-Württemberg.

Further Initiatives supporting refugees at Ulm University

Medinetz Ulm e.V. (website in German) is a medical information center for people without health insurance founded by medicine students. It mediates medical treatment for refugees, migrants and homeless people without health insurance anonymously and free. After a consultation appointments with a medical specialist who cooperates with the network may be arranged.

Service Learning (website in German) students engage in different projects, for example supporting refugee children in their learning process or to help asylum-seeking persons in the region.

Psychotherapeutische Hochschulambulanz der Universität Ulm (website in German) offers therapeutic services to people with health insurance.

Free application / preliminary check of documents via uni-assist

If you want to apply at Ulm University or do not know if you may apply directly with your educational background/certificates on a study programme or our Prepatory Course, you can send your documents to uni-assist.

For beeing freed from taxes please send first the form (available on this site) with the appropriate documents to uni-assist. Please add a document of an orientation test (more information on this website) as "certificate consultation", e.g. the printout at the end of this 'orientation testing'. After examination of your documents of uni-assist you may apply without fees (for study programmes you need to apply via uni-assist).

For a preliminary check of documents please 'apply'  for the 'study programme' with the German name "Bewerbung für kostenbefreite registrierte Flüchtlinge" at "Ulm, Universität Ulm" under the condition "ohne Abschluss". This you may do the whole year, even if there is no application period. After the examniation of your documents you will be informed if and what you may study at Ulm University (or another university). Other applications for free still will be possible in the future.



Supraregional information


Ulm University offers information events for refugees every two weeks. Special individual advising can be offered, if necessary, by the respective consulting institutions after having visited this information meeting. 

The information events start at the mentioned time and takes two hours. The advising is in German, questions can be asked in English or French.


Statements of the Executive Commitee of Ulm University (available only in German)