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 on the B2 or C1 language level. These courses are financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research through the »Integra« project run by the German Academic Exchange Service.

German course B2 from January 2022

  1. Complete the digital registration form (in German).
  2. Send the requisite documents to pre-studies(at)hwr-berlin.de. You can find the list of required documents in the course information below.
  3. If you satisfy the requirements, we will invite you to take part in an online placement test.

Improve your German language skills

The German course at the language level B2 is the right one for you if you want to deepen your existing German knowledge. This is an important preparation for your future studies.*

Course Info:

  • Duration: 5 months, Monday to Friday
  • Time: 9.00 to 14.00 (planned)
  • Lessons: 24 teaching hours a week
  • Topics: The German language, the German university system, the opportunities for study, the application procedure via uni-assist, learning strategies, intercultural skills
  • Advice and assistance: Personal guidance as required
  • Location: The course will mainly take place online, but there will also be classes at the Schöneberg Campus of the HWR Berlin (pandemic situation permitting).
  • Degree: telc B2

What are the requirements?

The requirement for the German course (B2 level) at the HWR Berlin is completion of a B1 German course.  This can be an integration course, for example.

Which documents do you need to submit?

  1. B1 language certificate: You must have passed all components of the examination
  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

Please note:

Regular class attendance is mandatory.

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*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.

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

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Consulting, degree programmes and auditing

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