Study opportunities for refugees
We support you on finding your way to FAU.
There are many reasons for people to flee their country. FAU stands for intercultural diversity, openness and tolerance. We are committed to helping refugees find their way to our university and doing the best we can to support them.
We would like to welcome you to FAU and offer information about studying at our university and our German courses on this website.FAQs on studying at FAU
Consultation: Ways to study at FAU (German and English)
Prerequisites and required documents:
- Sufficient knowledge of German or English for the consultation (Level B2)
- Curriculum vitae (listing all schools and universities and online courses starting from primary education to higher education, including the month and year of admission and graduation. The CV should be written in tabular form without omissions).
- Secondary school leaving certificate (original and certified German/English translation)
- Academic achievements with subjects and grades (original and certified German/English translation)
- Certificate of German language proficiency (if available)
- Current residence permit and supplementary sheet (front and reverse of both documents)
- Valid passport (copy of photo ID, if available)
- Degree program you want to study
Please e-mail us the required documents and tell us which degree program you would like to study: firstname.lastname@example.org
After we have checked your documents, we will contact you to arrange a consultation. It may take up to two weeks to process your application.
Preparatory German course (DSH course)
With the exception of a small number of degree programs, German is the teaching language at FAU. Therefore, a very good knowledge of German is essential for successfully completing a degree program at our university. An overview of all the recognized language certificates.
We are happy to help and guide you.
What are the prerequisites for studying at FAU?
- LanguageWith the exception of a small number of degree programs, German is the teaching language at FAU. Therefore, a very good knowledge of German (Level C1/C2) is essential for successfully completing a degree program at our university.List of recognized language certificates
- University entrance qualificationFAU follows the recommendations on university entrance qualifications from the Central Office for Foreign Education .
Which degree programs are offered at FAU?
Are there programs taught in English?
FAU offers a few Bachelor’s degree programs and some Master’s degree programs in English.
When do I need to attend a pre-entry program (Studienkolleg)?
The qualifications you gained from your secondary school in your home country do not necessarily entitle you to study at a German university. In many cases, international applicants have to take an assessment examination (Feststellungsprüfung) at a Studienkolleg or provide proof of previous study periods in their home country before they are admitted to the degree program. The Database of the Central Office for Foreign Education gives recommendations on the recognition of foreign qualifications and can help you to ascertain whether your secondary education qualification is a recognized university entrance qualification in Germany.
How can I apply to FAU?
Where can I get my foreign certificates certified?
How much does studying cost?
Where can I find accommodation?
Where can I find information on scholarships?
If I don’t get a place on a German course at FAU, are there other courses where I can learn German?
What else does FAU offer for refugees?
As well as individual consultations, we offer an orientation program and German courses that are partly subsidized.