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

NEW: DAAD programme for students at risk

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has launched a programme to support students at risk who are hindered from pursuing their academic degree in their home country. For further information, please contact Christine Boudin or Olesya Rienecker.

Afternoon Lectures with academics from the refugee community at Kiel UAS

In the winter semester 2015/16, Kiel UAS held a lecture series "Afternoon Lectures" with guest lecturers from the refugee community, who presented topics of their respective fields in the various departments of the university. The series continued in the winter semester 2016/17.

Kiel UAS wants to create a sustainable platform to promote intercultural dialogue and academic exchanges, to learn from each other and to facilitate networking among participants.

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!

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TestAS for Refugees

Uni-Assist for Refugees 

Uni Assist free application procedure 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 in German, most of our Master programmes as well.

We offer one master programme in English: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Information Engineering.

Please take a look at the language requirements.

Counseling for refugees

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

The International Office is the first place to contact and it offers counseling on topics like admission requirements, language requirements and the application process. You also receive information on funding options, online language courses, the necessary preparations for studying at Kiel UAS and the possibility to become a guest auditor.

International Office: 
Olesya Rienecker

Office hours:
by appointment only and online

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

Student Advisory Services:
Dörte Heller
Marina Makurath

Office hours:
by appointment only and online

The Studienkolleg (prepatory college) offers applicants from 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 Services.

Financing your studies

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 earn up to 4,800 € a year in addition.

Starting from 01.01.2016, the same applies for holders of a specific humanitarian residence permit or "tolerated" refugees 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.

There are a few scholarship programme for migrants (only in German). 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

More information about studying in Germany for people with a refugee background can be found here.

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 prepatory college (Studienkolleg) is glad to help!

They have office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Please note the office hours for holiday periods!

To download our admission form, please go to our homepage -> admission form

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.

You can find further information and the application here.

Please contact the International Office, 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.

You can find general information on our flyer.

More information about studying in Germany for people with refugee background