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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Offers for refugees

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) has launched a number of programmes enabling refugees to access the university.

Drop-in hours for refugees

Every Tuesday, 1 to 3 p.m., on Campus Mitte, Unter den Linden 6, Student Service Center (German, Arabic, English, every first Tuesday Farsi, too, until September 4, 2018), without previous notice.

Programme HU4Refugees

As participant of the programme you can join lectures and make examinations at Humboldt. The application period for the winter semester 2018 has expired.

  • knowledge of German on level GER B1 at least
  • status as refugee
  • high school diploma/university entrance certificate

Further information and application see hu.berlin/HU4Refugees

Language Courses

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin offers in co-operation with Freie Universität Berlin (FU) und Technische Universität Berlin (TU) and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in winter semester 2018 language courses starting on level GER A2. The application period is over.

Application for the courses

Refugees who are interested in participating in a language course at HU can apply between August 27 and 31, 2018. Applications outside this application period will not be processed. Please note that we can only accept applicationswith an interest in in courses of studies that are offered at HU.

Please send in the application form from your personal email address together with the required documents to refugees.welcome@hu-berlin.de

  • Application form
  • Proofs required:
    • proof that clearly shows your status as refugee
    • high-school diploma and university entrance certificates
    • copy of the language certificate of a language course (up from GER A2)
    • favoured subject (must be part of the course catalogue of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
  • if you have studied before: transcript of records or graduation certificate

Please keep in mind, that only complete applications can be processed. Qualified applicants will be invited via email to participate in a placement test that will most likely take place on September 18, 2018.

Preliminary check of certificates

As part of our drop-in hours for refugees we offer a preliminary check of your documents for a free of charge application via uni-assist.

Consultation proof

Please hand in the following documents for a proof of consultation, either in the drop-in hour or as scan via email:

  • proof of your status as refugee, e. g. residence permit or proof of registration as an asylum-seeker (BÜMA)
  • high-school diploma and university entrance certificates
  • if you have studied before: transcript of records or graduation certificate
  • favoured subject (must be part of the course catalogue of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
  • your email address

The proof will be sent by email as PDF.

Guest-student initiative for refugees

As of this winter semester, refugees may join HU as guest students at no charge and attend standard lectures and teaching sessions.

Information for prospective guest students

Student support programmes

In many HU faculties, student initiatives support refugees in the early stages of student life.

Study for refugees

Information about application, studies and lectures

Library use

The University Library is issuing temporary user cards: refugees who have submitted an application for asylum in Berlin are given a user card on presentation of their temporary ‘residence permit for the duration of the asylum procedure’. Please adhere to the library's regulations for study desks.


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