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Frequently Asked Questions

The training and study offerings are aimed at refugees who wish to continue or start a degree program. The goal is to prepare them for a regular degree program at Freie Universität Berlin (and with certain restrictions, at other cooperating universities in Berlin).

The basic requirements are a residential status as a refugee with residence in Berlin or Brandenburg and German level A2 or B1, depending on the course. 

Candidates are also required to prove that in their home country, they meet the qualification requirements for a higher education program (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung, short: HZB) in order to participate. If an applicant has a direct HZB, they cann attend the German courses, if they have an indirect HZB, the can attend the preparatory courses. For more information about the Higher Education Entrance Qualification (HZB), please visit this site. Your HZB will be examined by uni-assist when you apply for the welcome courses. Please make sure to have all required documents ready. 

Please direct any general inqueries about studying at Freie Universität Berlin at the "Info-Service Studium"

For questions regarding the welcome courses, please contact: beratung@welcome.fu-berlin.de.

The Welcome courses mainly target refugees who legally reside in Berlin or Brandenburg. If you do not live in either of these cities, you can only apply after asking the responsible government agency (Ausländerbehörde or Jobcenter) in your area and getting their explicit approval to move. Any expenses resulting from the move to Berlin or Brandenburg must be carried by the applicant, the Welcome program cannot reimburse any expenses. For further information please visit the welcome office hours or send an email to: beratung@welcome.fu-berlin.de.

No. The Welcome program only serves to prepare you for a regular degree program, it does not guranatee that you will be accepted to a degree program in the future. To be able to start a regular study program, you have to apply via uni-assist and prove that you meet the relevant requirements of the chosen degree program. Here you can find more information about the offered degree programs at Freie Universität Berlin and the application requirements. This flyer explains how you can apply to degree programs with a foreign higher education entrance qualification (HZB).

Our academic advising team is happy to help with futher questions.

General prerequisites:

  • Residential status as a refugee with any of the following:Ankunftsnachweis / BÜMA, Aufenthaltsgestattung, Duldung, Subsidiär schutzberechtigt, Anerkannter Flüchtling, Asylberechtigt or Familiennachzug to someone with a refugee status.
  • A direct or indirect Higher Education Entrance Qualification (HZB)
  • Residence in Berlin or Brandenburg (Wohnanmeldung)
  • Interest in applying for and completing a degree program at Freie Universität Berlin.

Language prerequisites:

Please note that we need a certificate that indicates a completed level/examination. Participation certificates in German language courses are not accepted. 

The Welcome guest study program for refugees enables you to attend lectures or seminars in a chosen degree program and, in some cases, earn credits that can be added to your studies later on. To attend lectures or seminars, it is necessary to prove that you have adequate basic German or English language skills, depending on the language in which the course is taught (at least B1 level is recommended). The general requirements for participation need to be fulfilled. Generally, attending lectures and seminars is only granted in arrangement with the lecturer.

For registration, please visit the online Welcome office hours.

Please note: A participation in the guest study program does not equal an enrollment as a student at Freie Universität. if you want to study at Freie Universität, you will have to apply via uni-assist.

Participants in selected courses of the guest study program can earn formal certificates of credit for coursework within a limited scope. It may be possible to have these credits applied toward a later degree program. The possibilites and conditions can be discussed in a personal consultation with a contact person in the relevant academic department or the lecturer. Please visit the Welcome office hours for more information.

No, the welcome courses are preparatory courses and do not equal a regular degree program.You can attend regular lectures as part of the Welcome@FUBerlin guest study program, but you are not enrolled as a student. If you want to study at Freie Universität Berlin after you finish the welcome courses, you will have to apply for your chosen degree program again via uni-assist and make sure that you meet the requirements of that program. Here you can find more information about the offered degree programs at Freie Universität Berlin and the application requirements. This flyer explains how you can apply to degree programs with a foreign higher education entrance qualification (HZB).

Our academic advising team is happy to help with futher questions.

The application to the Welcome courses takes place exclusively via uni-assist and is free of charge. Please do not send us your documents in an email, we can not examine them and your application will not be taken into consideration.

In order to apply successfully, please make sure to meet the prerequisites of the program. 

Here you can find a list of the required documents. Please note that incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. In order to apply, please follow the steps explained here.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please visit our online office hours.

If you have lost your certificates on your way to Germany, please follow the normal steps of the application process explained here. You can mention that you have lost your certificates in your application form, and uni-assist will send you a self-disclosure form (Selbstauskunftsbogen) that you have to fill out and send with your application. After that, Freie Universität will examine your Higher Education Entrance Qualification (HZB).

No, the application for the Welcome courses via uni-assist is free of charge. Please note that you have to fulfill the application requirements in order to apply.

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