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Application to the German and preparatory courses of the Welcome@FUBerlin Program

The application period for our 2021/22 courses will start on the 30th of April and end on the 15th of June 2021. The courses are set to start in September 2021.

Prerequisites:

  • Residential status as a refugee:

Proof of Arrival (Ankunftsnachweis)/ BÜMA, residence permit (Aufenthaltsgestattung), residence toleration (Duldung), allowance of subsidiary protection (Subsidiärer Schutz), recognized refugee (Anerkannter Flüchtling), eligible for asylum (Asylberechtigt), familial reunification of someone with the aforementioned statuses (Familiennachzug)

  • Direct or indirect higher education entrance qualification (HZB) 
  • Residence in Berlin or Brandenburg
  • German language skills at the A2 GER level (for the German courses) and B1 GER level (for the preparatory courses) 
  • Interest in a degree program at the Freie Universität Berlin 

1.Residential Status (Aufenthaltsstatus) as a Refugee

Please provide proof of your refugee residential status by providing a copy of your passport and your electronic residence title card (Aufenthaltstitel) that shows your residential status . You should upload a copy of your passport and a copy of your electronic residence title card to uni-assist. Your residential status as a refugee can be one of the following:

Proof of Arrival (Ankunftsnachweis)/ BÜMA, residence permit (Aufenthaltsgestattung), residence toleration (Duldung), allowance of subsidiary protection (Subsidiärer Schutz), recognized refugee (Anerkannter Flüchtling), eligible for asylum (Asylberechtigt), family reunification with someone who has any of the aforementioned statuses (Familiennachzug). If you are a resident by way of family reunification (Familiennachzug) please upload the relevant documents and the ID of the family member you reunified with.

Important: Do not upload your passport copy alone, it does not have your residential status/refugee status on it. Please also upload your electronic residence title card (Aufenthaltstitel).

2.Direct or indirect higher education entrance qualification (HZB)

In order to know if you are eligible to study in Germany, you must submit your secondary school (high school) diploma. If you have attended university, please also provide your univerity certificates/diplomas and transcripts of records as well. You will need to scan the original certificates and upload them to uni-assist. If you do not have the originals, you can scan officially certified copies (amtlich beglaubigte Kopien). To unofficially check whether you have a direct or indirect HZB you can use the website www.anabin.kmk.org.

Important: Please make sure that the diplomas/certificates are translated into German. Please upload all pages of the certificates (original language and translation.)

Please note: Even if you already have a bachelor's or master's degree, you still need to upload your secondary school certificates as well.

3.Residence in Berlin or Brandenburg

You need to submit a simple copy of your residence registration (Wohnanmeldung) to uni-assist . Please see below for “application in 4 steps”).

4.German Language Skills

For an application and acceptance to our German courses, you are required to have a completed A2 GER level of German. All certificates are accepted which show the completion of the A2 level. Certificates of participation in German courses will not be accepted.

For an application and acceptance to our preparatory courses, you are required to have a completed B1 GER level of German. All certificates are accepted which show the completion of the B1 level. Certificates of participation in German courses will not be accepted.

In this case, completed German level means you have acquired a certificate with a grade or a certificate which states that you have successfully completed the course.

This certificate can be uploaded as a simple copy to uni-assist (it does not have to be officially certified): Please see below “Application in 4 Steps”

5.Interest in a degree program at the FU Berlin

Your interest in studying at the FU Berlin is an integral part of the application. In the application form you will be required to fill out which degree program you would like to study at the FU Berlin after completing the Welcome Program courses.You can find our course catalog here: www.fu-studienangebot.de 

Important: Please be advised that participating and completing the Welcome@FU courses DOES NOT secure your place at the FU Berlin for a degree program. After completing our courses, you must apply to the university degree program as a regular international student.

The application to our courses is done only through uni-assist. HERE you can find a step-by-step instruction on how to apply (in German)

1.      Register an account at uni-assist

You can register on uni-assist by using their online portal https://my.uni-assist.de/registrierung to create your personalized MyAssist account. You will then receive an email from uni-assist with an activiation link. Please click on the link and activate your account. 

Please note: Sometimes the mail from uni-assist lands in your spam/junk folder. Please have a look there if you cannot find the mail in your inbox.

After activating your account and logging in to your myassist account, please fill in your personal details and your educational history.

2.      Choose the course to apply to by uni-assist

After you have registered and logged-in, you will be on the site of the „Course Catelog” on uni-assist. Under „search criteria“ input „welcome" ,semester: „Winter Semester 2021/22", and university: "Freie Universität Berlin". The following course will then appear: "Deutsch und Vorbereitungskurse für Geflüchtete – Welcome@FU. Please then click "select". The course will be added to your selection list (found in the top right corner of the page next to "My Inbox").

Important: the online application is for the whole Welcome@FU Program, there is no distinction between the German and preparatory courses in the application itself. What course you are accepted into depends on the type of higher education entrance qualification (HZB) and the level of German skills you have. 

3.     Fill out the application form on uni-assist 

Click on the selection list and then on "Show additional application-related questions (unanswered mandatory questions)". Please answer all questions under all three categories: General Questions, University-related questions, and Subject-related questions". After you save your answers, go to "My Applications" and then "Documents".

4.      Upload your documents to uni-assist

Please upload all the relevant documents required to your uni-assist application. The deadline for this is the 15th of June.

You can see which documents you need by clicking here. Please scan your original documents as colored PDF files. If you do not have originals of your diplomas, please upload a scan of all pages of certified copies (beglaubigte Kopie). All diplomas must be translated. Please upload all pages of the diplomas (the original language pages+the translated pages).

After uploading all your documents, go the selection list again and click on "Proceed to checkout" and then on "to payment process". After this, your application will be submitted.

Please note: You are not required to send your documents per post anymore.

No, you only need to upload colored PDF scans of your documents to the uni-assist portal. You can find more information here. Please make sure to submit your complete application before the announced deadline.Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have lost your diplomas/certificates on your way to Germany or cannot get them from your home country, please follow all application steps as described. Then please mention in your application form that you have lost your diplomas en route to Germany. Uni-assist will then send you a self-disclosure form where you have to detail your educational background and the exams you have taken. Uni-assist will then examine this form and send it to us to decide if you have a higher education entrance qualification (HZB) or not. 

The application for the German and preparatory courses of the Welcome@FUBerlin program through uni-assist is free of charge.

Only people with a refugee background can apply, and every person is only allowed one application. The number of applicants is limited to 300.

First, uni-assist will process your application. If everything is in order, it will forward your application to the Freie Universität. You will receive a confirmation mail that includes a link to activate your FU Berlin account. Please activate your FU account as here you will be able to follow the further processing of your application. Information on whether documents are missing or if your application will partake in the selection procedure, will be provided through your FU account.

Important: Make sure to use an active E-Mail adress in your application so that you can receive further messages.

The evaluation of your application takes place in August. During the last week of August, you will be informed if you have been temporarily admitted to the program (please be aware that there might be further selection procedures throughout the process). If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the courses, a language exam will be implemented in order to finalize the admission process. Please wait until Mid-August before sending us emails asking about your application status. 

If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the courses, a language exam will be necessary. The selection of the applicants will be according to the ranking of the results.

We are offering a series of informational events on the topic of how to apply to the Welcome@FUB Program 2021/22. 

11.05.21 Tuesday at 1 pm 18.05.21 Tuesday at 1 pm 25.05.21 Tuesday at 1 pm 01.06.21 Tuesday at 1 pm

Link to the Webex Event: https://fu-berlin.webex.com/fu-berlin-en/j.php?MTID=m8ab91586df50e5cacebcfac66a886aba 

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