Information for refugees who want to study in North Rhine-Westphalia

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  • Education and research know no borders. That is why the Education and Science Ministry and NRW colleges and universities support refugees who want to study in North Rhine-Westphalia. This website will help you find the information you need. In addition to general information, it includes the phone numbers and addresses of the responsible advisors at the colleges and universities.

    First steps towards a course of study

    Did you flee your home country and have to cut short your studies or give up your job? Would you like to study in North Rhine-Westphalia, but don't know if it's possible? The college and university advisors will assist you. They can tell you about requirements for studying in North Rhine-Westphalia and give you information about education and language qualifications as well as any necessary training. They can usually give you an overview of preparatory courses, such as language classes or classes on academic work, that are offered both by the university and by other institutions.

    In specific cases, e.g. if you currently cannot produce original documents testifying to your secondary education, previous higher education or professional qualifications, the college and university advisors will work with you to find solutions.

    Have you already completed a course of study in your homeland? There are many different opportunities for advanced and further education in North Rhine-Westphalia. It may be that a postgraduate course is right for you. The university advisors can advise you here, as well.

    Financing your studies

    Are you wondering how you're going to pay for your studies? There are no tuition fees in North Rhine-Westphalia, but of course you must still pay for your living expenses. You might also be able to apply for a stipend.

    You can find an overview of available stipend programs on the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

    The Otto Benecke Foundation's incentive program for young immigrants is also available to refugees (website in German).