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! 

Learn German for free

Refugees can study German at the HWR Berlin. Our language courses are free of charge.

Current German course

Information about the course:

  • Duration: 4.5 months, daily from Monday to Thursday
  • Time: 9.00 to 13.30
  • Lessons: 20 lessons per week (45 min. each)
  • Topics: German course and topics regarding studying in Germany
  • 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 at the HWR Berlin.

Please note:

Regular attendance is mandatory.


Our C1 German course is for people who have attended a B2 course with us. Therefore they have priority when allocating places. Should there be places available before the course starts, we can allocate these to external persons.
If you would like to be on the waiting list for the C1 course, please send an e-mail with your B2 certificate to pre-studies(at)

Impressions of former participants

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

German course for refugees


Student Counselling Services

Consulting, degree programmes and auditing

Student Counselling Services contact form