Ukraine crisis: Information for students concerned

Kiel University of Applied Sciences condemns the Russian government's breach of international law and declares its solidarity with the people in Ukraine.
As an educational institution, we are thinking above all of the Ukrainian academics and students as well as the opposition academics and students in Russia.

Overview of support offers

The DAAD makes support offers from its partners and from international higher education institutions available in a bundled form on its website.

Help offered by the Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein

The Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein offers help with financial worries, questions about residence status and accommodation, and tips on how to deal with the situation.

Information and Support for Students from Refugee Backgrounds

Are you a refugee living in Germany and interested in studying at Kiel University of Applied Sciences? The following sections will inform on the requirements for studying at Kiel University of Applied Sciences. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need personal counseling.

Programmes and Projects

Applying to Kiel UAS as a Freemover

As a Freemover, you can enrol in individual courses at Kiel UAS, you can get ECTS but you cannot earn a degree.

To be admitted, you need to have completed 3-4 semesters of studies (for Bachelor) or one semester (Master) in a programme which Kiel UAS offers.

Nationality: Ukrainian

Language Certificate: English B2/ German  B1/ B2.

Most of the programmes are in German. For courses in English, please see here.

If you are interested in applying for winter term 2023/24 as a Freemover, please contact: incoming(at)

We will check if you meet the requirements and will find out if there is a place available for you.


Admission requirements

The admission requirements for refugees with foreign pre-qualifications are the same as those for international degree students.

Please note that Kiel UAS does not check any university entrance qualifications. This is only been done by uni-assist – and only if you apply for a concrete study course!

If you hold a certificate of equivalence for your university entrance qualification from the Ministry of Schleswig-Holstein, you can apply directly with us - DO NOT apply through uni-assist.

If your university entrance qualification does not allow you to study in Germany, the Studienkolleg might be a good opportunity for you!

TestAS for Refugees

Uni-Assist for Refugees

The application procedure, deadlines and semester fees for refugees are the same as those for all international students.

Information of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) can be found here.

Language requirements

All our bachelor programmes are taught inGerman language, most of our Master programmes as well.

We offer three master programmes in English language:

  • M. Sc. Industrial Engineering
  • M. Sc. Information Engineering
  • M. Sc. Data Science


If you wish to study Industrial Engineering, you have to prove your knowledge of English. We accept the following certificates:

  • TOEFL (Internet-based: 78 points)
  • IELTS: 5, LCCI (Level 2)
  • FCE
  • 1 semester (6 months) work or study in an English-speaking country.

If you wish to study Information Engineering, you have to prove your knowledge of English. We accept the following certificates:

  • TOEFL (Internet-based: 70, Computer-based: 185, paper-based: 515)
  • IELTS: 5.5
  • equivalent Cambridge-ESOL-Qualification
  • BULATS: B2, 60 
  • English as a native language
  • Degree in an English taught Bachelor programme

If you wish to study Data Science, you have to prove your knowledge of English. We accept the following certificates:

  • TOEFL (Internet-based: 70, Computer-based: 185, paper-based: 515)
  • IELTS: 5.5
  • equivalent Cambridge-ESOL-Qualification
  • BULATS: B2, 60
  • English as a native language
  • Degree in an English taught Bachelor programme

Counseling for refugees

There are different counseling possibilities for prospective students and applicants with refugee backgrounds.

The Central Student Advisory Service are happy to inform prospective students and applicants with refugee backgrounds about the variety of study programmes at Kiel UAS. The student advisory service help you to decide on the suitable study programme for you and provide you with information about the outlines of the different programmes. They also offer counseling for enrolled students who might face any type of - personal or academic - problem during their studies.

Student Advisory Service:
Dörte Heller
Marina Makurath

The Studienkolleg (preparatory college) offers applicants with refugee backgrounds the opportunity to obtain a university entrance qualification. More information regarding courses, application and requirements can be found here.

If you are interested in an information session for a group of prospective students, please contact the International Office or the Student Advisory Service.

Financing your studies

Emergency assistance by the Studentenwerk.


If you are already recognised as a refugee, you might be entitled to BAföG (German Study Loan System). More Information on BAföG for refugees can be found here. The exact paragraphs can be found here.

If you receive BaföG as a refugee, you are permitted to work and earn up to € 6,240 a year in addition.

Starting from 01.01.2016, the same applies for holders of a specific humanitarian residence permit or tolerated stay permit, if they have already been residing in Germany for at least 15 months from the date they originally applied for asylum in Germany.

Asylum-seekers whose application are still being processed are not permitted to request BaföG. They are granted support in accordance with the Asylum Seekers’ Benefit Act (AsylbLG). After three months, refugees will be able to work under the condition that a priority check has occurred beforehand.

Study Start-up Assistance

The "Studienstarthilfe" is a one-time, earmarked grant from the state of Schleswig-Holstein for prospective students from low-income families to finance special expenses such as registration fees, semester fees and study-specific purchases. This is intended to make it easier for students to start their studies in Schleswig-Holstein.


There are a few scholarship programmes  for migrants. More Information can be found on the website of the Bildungsberatung Garantiefonds Hochschule.

The Förderprogramm - Garantiefonds is directed towards young migrants who wish to obtain a university entrance qualification, are preparing for a study programme and are aiming towards an academic career; and who are either refugees, Jewish migrants or late repatriates currently residing in Germany. Its purpose is fast social integration, especially focusing on continuing the education which was interrupted in the home country. 

The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) also has a scholarship database

Integration of refugees in professional study courses (INTEGRA)

Within the framework of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) the Kiel University of Applied Sciences offers courses at the preparatory college for refugees. Besides the DAAD organisation and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) the project is also supported by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Youth, Family and Senior Citizens (MSGWG) within the project "Studienchancen für Flüchtlinge an Hochschulen in Schleswig-Holstein".

The preparatory college of the Kiel University of Applied Sciences provides additional courses for refugees to obtain subject-related university access qualifications in order to provide the preconditions that are required for admission to studies at a German university of applied sciences.

Interested? The preparatory college (Studienkolleg) is glad to help!

To download our admission form, please go to the website of the Studienkolleg.

Guest Auditor Programme

Refugees are very welcome to register as guest auditors at Kiel UAS. As a guest auditor you can attend lectures of one study program of your choice. It is a good opportunity to get a first impression of student life and the academic organization live at a German university in general and allows a first glance at the contents of a specific study program. Guest auditors are not allowed to write exams. For refugees the guest auditor program might be especially helpful to get an insight into the German level during university lectures and to find out if the respective study program meets their interests and expectations.

Please contact the central student advisory service, if you are interested in the guest auditor program or if you have any other general questions.

Mentoring Program: Migration and Education

Given the increasing demand by refugees for information and advice on how to start or continue their studies in Germany or how to participate in the preparatory courses (Studienkolleg) at Kiel UAS, the existing program "Migration and Education" is expanded for refugees.

Should you have any questions about this programme, please contact us via email: migration.bildung(at)


You can find general information on our flyer.

More information about studying in Germany for people with refugee background