Refugees at higher education institutions – Programmes and measures

The DAAD wishes to strengthen the potential of academically qualified refugees and provide them access to higher education in Germany. In collaboration with universities and partner organisations, the DAAD is developing various programmes to promote integration of refugees at German universities.

How the DAAD is helping

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Many refugees have gained university entrance qualification in their home country, or had commenced or completed a degree programme there. In order to make it easier for them to take up study in Germany, the DAAD has developed an extensive range of new measures. An overview of the most important measures.


DAAD support programmes for refugees

University funding programmes in Germany


Programme objectives for acadamically qualified refugees at German universities:

Scholarship Funding Programmes Abroad


The HOPES project gives Syrian refugees in the countries Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and Turkey an opportunity to start or continue their studies.

Current News

Awarding of the Welcome Prize and student conference

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On 16 September 2019, the BMBF Welcome Prize was awarded to the three best student initiatives in 2019. Everything about the celebrations and the subsequent nationwide conference can be found here.

Service Offer

TestAS, uni-assist und onSET for refugees

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Sucessfull integration of refugees into German degree courses by launching free TestAS participaton and test procedure of uni-assist, the online placement test for onSET-German and for onSET-English.

Advising and accompanying refugees

The international DAAD Academy (iDA) offers a special programme for university members who advise refugees in their day-to-day work, help them find their way around the university, organize German language courses and teach German

Downloads and publications


The DAAD offers a wide range of publications on “Refugees at Universities” targeted at university representatives, multipliers and interested citizens. (in German only)




Past vote for the Welcome Award Ceremony 2019

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Prize winners of the Welcome programme 2019 for student initiatives determined by experts and public voting (in German only).

Announcement! The prize for the best student initiatives in "Welcome" will be awarded again in 2019.


Prize of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for outstanding student initiatives in the programme "Welcome-Students helping Refugees" (in German only)


Welcome-Award 2018 - result of your vote!


A report on the honoring of the Welcome winners in 2018 and summary of the subsequent conference (in German only).

Welcome-Prize 2018 - Voting

DAAD/Dörthe Hagenguth

Prize winners of the Welcome programme 2018 for student initiatives determined by public voting for the first time (in German only).

Conference "Viel geschafft und doch erst am Anfang? Erfolge und Herausforderungen bei der Integration von Geflüchteten ins Studium"


Universities exchanged views in order to best shape the "Higher Education Programs for Refugees" for future challenges. (in German only)


Award of the Welcome Prize 2017 for student initiatives


DAAD and BMBF awarded the prize for outstanding student initiatives of the "Welcome" program for the first time in 2017.