Services for refugees

German for studying: free German lessons at the HWR Berlin for refugees from Berlin or Brandenburg who want to study or prepare for a professional career.

Are you interested in studying on a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme − or perhaps a cooperative studies degree programme? We are on hand at every step of the way provide advice and support to all those hoping to learn German at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin and then to study for a degree.

We even continue to help after graduation, with advice and support in the job application procedure. As an internationally-active university with students from throughout the world, we should like to extend a warm welcome to the HWR Berlin! 

The exigencies of the Covid-19 pandemic mean that all consultation services provided at the HWR Berlin are currently performed online. Just send us an e-mail to arrange an appointment.

Learn German for free

Refugees can study German at the HWR Berlin. Our language courses are free of charge and are financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research through the »Integra« project run by the German Academic Exchange Service.


  1. Send the requisite documents to pre-studies(at) You can find the list of required documents in the course information below.
  2. Fill in the digital registration form, which you will find under the respective course.

German for your studies

If you have completed the German language level B2, gained knowledge on C1 level but not passed the C1-exam yet, our intensive C1 German course is the right level for you. After completing the C1 course, you can take the »telc C1 Hochschule« examination; holders of this qualification have achieved the level of German required for admission to a university degree programme.*


  • Duration: three months, Monday to Friday
  • Time: 9.00 to 14.00 (planned)
  • Lessons: 24 teaching hours a week
  • Advice and assistance: Personal guidance as required
  • Location: The course will start online. Should in-person teaching become possible again, lessons will take place on the Schöneberg Campus of the HWR Berlin
  • Qualification: telc C1 Hochschule

What are the requirements?

The requirement for the German course (C1 level) at the HWR Berlin is completion of a B2 German course and proof of a previous C1 course. You should also have the plan to study in Germany. The course is open for refugees only.

Which documents do you need to submit?

  1. B2 language certificate: You must have passed all components of the examination, proof of a previous C1 course
  2. A copy of your ID card or passport
  3. Up-to-date proof of your residence status
  4. If possible: A copy of your school-leaving certificate and any proofs of previous periods of study

How to apply

  • The course is fully booked

*Please note that you must first comply with certain requirements to be awarded a place to study at a German university. Your non-German school and university qualifications must qualify you to study at a university in the state of Berlin. Given the satisfaction of certain requirements, a vocational qualification may also qualify you to study. The Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany makes all decisions concerning the assessment and acceptance of certificates from non-German countries. Comprehensive information about the individual countries is available in the anabin database. In certain cases, applicants are required to complete a one-year preparatory course (Studienkolleg) in order to be able to study in Germany. A language course at the HWR Berlin cannot replace a preparatory course.

The course starts at beginner´s level and leads up to level B1.

The language course is aimed at students and prospective students who have fled from Ukraine. In this course, the participants can acquire German skills that they would like to use in the future either for studying in Germany or after the end of the war in Ukraine.

How to apply

  • The course is fully booked

The course starts at the high A1 level and leads up to the B1 level.

The language course is aimed at students and prospective students who have fled from Ukraine and who already have some prior knowledge of German. In this course, the participants can acquire German skills that they would like to use in the future either for studying in Germany or after the end of the war in Ukraine.

How to apply

Fill in the application form and send us a copy of your Ukrainian identity card or residence permit via mail: pre-studies(at)

Summer School »Students4Refugees – Refugees4Students«

From 09 to 13 August 2021, the Summer School "Students4Refugees - Refugees4Students" took place at the HWR Berlin. The fifth Summer School offered students and refugee prospective students the opportunity to network, learn from and with each other. Volunteer students of the HWR Berlin with and without refugee experience led the workshops. We are looking forward to the next Summer School in summer 2022!

Learning a new language is never easy. But with the enthusiastic teachers and great atmosphere at the HWR Berlin, you will soon make progress. This is why I want to work in my profession as a teacher in Germany.

Participant in a C1 German course at the HWR Berlin

Choosing a degree programme

Completion of the German course prepares its participants to apply for a place on a degree programme. Find a degree programme that suits you and submit your application.

Knowing what to do: studying at the HWR Berlin

Two steps to the right degree programme

FAQ Studying at the HWR Berlin: answers to your questions

Studying successfully − here’s how

We provide a range of advice and support to help you settle in to the HWR Berlin and acquire all the skills that you need to study successfully. Improve your language skills so you can complete your studies in German.

Starting your career

Are you about to graduate and would like to start looking for a job or internship? Working within the framework of the DAAD-funded project Integra, the HWR Berlin provides advice and support to international students with or without a refugee background with all aspects of starting a career.

Further information about careers guidance at the HWR Berlin

How to contact us

Student Counselling Services

Consulting, degree programmes and auditing

Student Counselling Services contact form

German courses

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