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.
Refugees at German higher education institutions
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:
Overview of the funded projects
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.
Welcome Conference 2019
Awarding of the Welcome Prize and student conference
Stefan Zeitz / DAAD
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.
Recognizing skills and qualifications of refugees
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.
iDA Special Programme 2019 (in German only)
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
The DAAD offers a wide range of publications on “Refugees at Universities” targeted at university representatives, multipliers and interested citizens. (in German only)
Prize winners of the Welcome programme 2019 for student initiatives determined by experts and public voting (in German only).
Februar - April 2019
Prize of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for outstanding student initiatives in the programme "Welcome-Students helping Refugees" (in German only)
A report on the honoring of the Welcome winners in 2018 and summary of the subsequent conference (in German only).
Prize winners of the Welcome programme 2018 for student initiatives determined by public voting for the first time (in German only).
Universities exchanged views in order to best shape the "Higher Education Programs for Refugees" for future challenges. (in German only)
DAAD and BMBF awarded the prize for outstanding student initiatives of the "Welcome" program for the first time in 2017.