Refugee Programme: intensive programme for refugees with university entrance qualifications

Refugee Programme: intensive programme for refugees with university entrance qualifications

The course is suitable for refugees who would like to study at the University of Passau or another German university in the future and who have already completed an integration course and attended a course at level B2 CEFR. The programme includes intensive German language courses as well as courses in the field of study of your choice (economics, computer science, law, cultural studies or humanities).

The programme prepares the participants for the DSH test, which – among other things – is a prerequisite for studying at a German university. Programme participants can learn German for a minimum of 24 hours a week and gain an insight into studying at the University of Passau.

If you are interested in joining, please send an e-mail to or give us a call.

Information brochure (German) about the programme.

International students learning together

Entry requirements

  • Do you want to study at the University of Passau or at another German university but don't feel your language skills are up to the task?
  • Have you attended a German language course at level B2 CEFR?
  • Do you have a higher education entrance qualification for Germany (school leaving certificate equivalent to the Abitur) or have you started studying or even graduated at university in your home country?
  • Are you an asylum seeker or have you been granted asylum?

Costs and commute


There are no course fees and no costs for teaching materials.

A fee of €72.00 euros is charged each semester for the issue of a special CampusCard (which includes access to the Sports Centre, library and refectory and serves as a semester bus pass for the use of the buses in town). This is entirely voluntary; participants are not required to have a CampusCard.

The costs for your first DSH test (German language examination) are waived, but you have to have attended the courses regularly.


Courses usually take place during the day, so you will have the opportunity to use public transport even if you live outside the city limits of Passau. In cases of hardship, the University will consider providing a travel allowance upon request.

Application and selection procedure

Participants are selected according to the following criteria:

  • Language skills
  • Eligibility for studying at a German university
  • Interest in studying a full degree programme at the University of Passau


Find out more about the study options offered by the University of Passau

The application is initially made online. You will then submit all the necessary documents, as described in the e-mail you receive after filling in the application form, in either as scanned files or by post sent to the address given:

  • Signed application form
  • Copy of the translation of your higher education entrance qualification (usually your secondary school/high school leaving certificate)
  • Copy of proof of completion of a German language course at B2 level
  • Letter of motivation: Answers to three questions you will find in the e-mail you receive after filling in the application form (written without outside help)
  • Other supporting documents, if needed


Please use this application form.

Applicants who are unable to submit certificates but who can provide credible evidence of their education background may be considered (after detailed information in accordance with the guidelines of the KMK). Please contact us by e-mail if this is the case.

Women are expressly invited to apply.

The placement test and the selection interviews will take place shortly after the application deadline at the University of Passau. Detailed information will be sent to the successful applicants by e-mail.

Example timetable

Example timetable
This is what your timetable in the Refugee Programme might look like.

Contact for enquiries

Luise Haack
Raum VW 106
Tel.: +49(0)851/509-1173
Sprechzeiten: Mi 9-12 und nach Vereinbarung; Wed. 9-12 and prior appointment

Financial matters

The Refugee Programme at the University of Passau is funded by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).