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. The following is an overview of the most important measures.

When it comes to integrating refugees, education plays a central role. More than half of the refugees arriving in Germany are younger than 25 – in other words, an age when education is most needed. With funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the DAAD has developed a set of targeted measures to enable universities to offer those who wish to study and possess sufficient academic qualification access to higher education. In this way, the DAAD is helping to promote refugee integration.

Approximately 100 million euros in funding will be available in the coming years, 27 million euros of which is earmarked for projects in 2016. With funding from the BMBF, the DAAD has developed an extensive package of long-term measures. This package is comprised of four components which form the basis for ensuring access to university study.

Four Phases of Refugee Programmes


  • The Funding Programme: "NRWege ins Studium. Integrating Refugees into Universities in North Rhine-Westphalia"

    At 30 North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) universities, refugees who wish to study and are qualified to do so are enrolled in intensive courses preparing them for academic studies. They not only improve their language skills to reach the level necessary for academic studies; they also attend specialised subject tutorials or gather initial experience, or even European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), in courses and lectures. Study-integrated courses in academic writing, subject-matter terminology or rhetoric are offered for students with a refugee background. Intensive guidance and support at the university help students successfully begin and complete their academic studies. The programme is funded with up to 30 million euros a year by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research in North Rhine-Westphalia (MIWF).

    Click here for more information on the funding programmes "NRWege ins Studium" and "NRWege Leuchttürme".

DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - German Academic Exchange Service