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.

Application

  1. Send the requisite documents to pre-studies(at)hwr-berlin.de. 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.

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

1. Send the following documents by e-mail (preferably as PDFs) to pre-studies(at)hwr-berlin.de:

  • The completed and signed application form
  • A copy of your Ukrainian identity card (for Ukrainian citizens)
  • A copy of your identity card and residence permit from Ukraine (for international students from Ukraine)
  • A copy of your residence permit from Germany (for refugees from other countries)

2. Fill in the digital application form.

Information about the course:

  • Duration: 4.5 months, daily from Monday to Friday
  • Time: 9.00 to 13.30
  • Lessons: 24 lessons per week (45 min. each)
  • Topics: German course and topics regarding studying in Germany
  • Counselling: Personal counselling if required
  • Location: The course takes place at the Schöneberg Campus of the HWR Berlin
  • Completion: Telc C1 Hochschule – examination

What are the prerequisites?

The prerequisite is a completed German course at the language level B2.  The course is open exclusively to refugees. The course is aimed at people who would like to study in Germany.

Please note:

Regular attendance is mandatory.

How to apply:

1. Send the following documents (preferably as PDF documents) to pre-studies(at)hwr-berlin.de :

  • B2 language certificate (for refugees from Ukraine: other proof may also be accepted)
  • Copy of your identity card or passport
  • Current proof of your residence permit
  • If possible, a copy of your school leaving certificate and proof of your previous studies

2. Fill out the digital application form.

Information about the course:

  • Duration: 4,5 months, from Monday to Friday
  • Time: 9.00 to 13.30
  • Lessons: 24 lessons per week (45 min. each)
  • Topics: German lessons, the world of work, study and training opportunities, strategies for successful learning and intercultural skills
  • Counselling: Personal counselling if required
  • Location: The course takes place at the Schöneberg Campus of the HWR Berlin
  • Completion: Telc B2 examination

What are the prerequisites?

The prerequisite is a completed German course at language level B1. This can be an integration course, for example. The course is only open to refugees. The course aims at persons who are planning to study in Germany in the future.

Please note:

Regular attendance is mandatory.

How to apply:

1. Send the following documents (preferably as PDF documents) to pre-studies(at)hwr-berlin.de :

  • B1 language certificate (for refugees from Ukraine: other proof may also be accepted)
  • Copy of your identity card or passport
  • Current proof of your residence permit
  • If possible, a copy of your school leaving certificate and proof of your previous studies.

2. Fill out the digital application form.

Summer School »Students4Refugees – Refugees4Students«

The sixth Summer School for Refugees will take place from 19 to 23 September 2022 at Campus Schöneberg, with the title Students4Refugees - Refugees4Students. With the Summer School, we would like to offer students and prospective refugee students the opportunity to network and learn from and with each other. Volunteer students of the HWR Berlin with and without refugee experience lead the workshops.

The topics of the Summer School 2022 are again diverse:

  • Insider Tour Berlin
  • How to Make a Simple Landing Page in HTML & CSS
  • Economic and Legal Integration of the European Union: Embedding Ukraine into the Common European Space
  • Arms Control and Ensuring Stability
  • Nations and Competitive Sport
  • Feminism in Berlin (Open-Air Exhibition)
  • The Issue of Sexual Violence
  • Shaping University Politics (AStA of the HWR)

The workshops will take place between 2 and 6 pm.

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

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