Studies for refugees
The coordinator of studies for refugees in the administrative district Tübingen has the following responsibilities:
- contact person for higher education institutions and other institutions
- advice and support for multipliers of the higher education sector
- advice and support for associations of public welfare, social partners and counselling centres in the administrative district Tübingen
- documentation and forwarding of relevant (legal) matters around studies for refugees for presentation to the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK)
- organisation and facilitation of information sessions and trainings for multipliers of the higher education sector and other counselling centres
- facilitation of info sessions for multipliers and volunteers: 'How to secure a study place in Germany'
Welcome to Baden-Württemberg!
Baden-Württemberg has the highest density and variety of higher education institutions nationwide: There are a total of 80 universities, higher education institutions of the arts, music or education, universities of applied sciences plus the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg).
Sufficient German language proficiency is a basic requirement to study at a higher education institution. You can sit a language test like TestDaF or DSH to prove your German language proficiency. No knowledge of the German language is required for international study programmes. Asylum seekers can study German up to level B1 in one of the many free integration courses, provided there are available places.
Occupational German language courses build immediately on the integration courses provided by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). Here you can learn German up to level B2 free of charge. You can apply through Jobcenters or social services departments.
Another option is government funding in the context of the University Guarantee Funds, who provide guidance and support to young migrants who wish to continue or commence a higher education. Applications are submitted to and assessed by the advisory centres of the University Guarantee Funds. Applications must be submitted two years after immigration at the latest or one year after grant of asylum. Approval of the funding must be obtained before the end of the age of 31.
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The integration of refugees in preparatory courses for higher education and regular studies often presents higher education institutions and Studentenwerke (student services) with additional challenges and questions. The below handout strives to support and foster a Culture of Welcome at German higher education institutions and Studentenwerken.
once again offers their orientation course for refugees proRefugeeHSRT. All refugees with higher education entrance qualification are invited to apply online until 9 June 2017.
has a specific refugee programme with a number of options for up to 40 people who have fled war or political persecution. Application deadline: 16 June 2017
<link en io degree-phd prospective-students preparatory-course>Ulm University
offers a preparatory semester to international prospective students who want to apply for a German-taught bachelor's programme at Ulm University. Application deadline: 15 July 2017
The professional association of legal journalists has created an online portal with focus on asylum and migration legislations. Some contents are available in English but the page is mostly in German.
is an academic aptitude test that assesses general and subject-related study suitability. The test helps refugees to commence or continue studies in Germany and can be taken in German, English or Arabic.
The Hoffnungsträger Foundation collaborates with online language course platform Babbel to provide refugees with free and instant access to an online German course via a specific code. The app runs on PCs and mobile phones.
The website Hop-On offers a great overview of career prospects for young refugees. The portal provides a variety of helpful information on the German education system in German, Arabic and Farsi.
Higher education sector and access
Higher education legislation does not require a specific residence permit to commence or continue a study programme in Baden-Württemberg. Anyone with approval to be in the country can thus commence or continue a higher education programme as long as they can prove their higher education entrance qualification.
Here are short explanations in: Arabic, Farsi, English and German