Refugees Welcome: Our offers for refugees

The University of Erfurt is committed to openness to the world, cultural diversity and tolerance. It is engaged in a respectful coexistence of people of different origins and religious backgrounds.


Support for Ukraine

Have you recently refugeed from Ukraine and are looking for information about studying at the University of Erfurt? Or would you like to help and get involved yourself?

The University of Erfurt has collected information under the title "ScienceForUkraine" that will help you. Here you will also find contact persons for your concerns.
The International Office provides advice on study opportunities, requirements and preparation for studies. You can also get to know the university as a guest student or connect with students from the Welcome Project.

To the Website ScienceForUkraine

Registration as a guest student or enrolment for a study degree

With approximately 6.000 students, the University of Erfurt is an excellent place to educate the next generation of academics. The full range of Bachelor's, Master's and doctoral degree programmes is also open to refugees. With a few exceptions, studies are free of charge.

Degree Seeking Students

Admission requirements for a Bachelor's degree programme are a higher education entrance qualification equivalent to the German Abitur and proof of sufficient German language skills. Admission requirements for a Master's programme are a relevant Bachelor's degree with a good average grade and proof of sufficient language skills.

On the following pages you will find

International applicants whose school leaving certificate is not entirely recognised in Germany can also be admitted (conditionally) to a degree programme, but must successfully pass an assessment test, the "Prüfung zur Feststellung der Eignung ausländischer Studienbewerber für die Aufnahme eines Studiums an Hochschulen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland", or, in short, "Feststellungsprüfung".

International applicants with a higher education entrance qualification that is only comparable with the German qualification to a limited extent can also be admitted to a degree programme, but must successfully pass the "Examination to Determine the Suitability of Foreign Applicants for Admission to Studies at Universities in the Federal Republic of Germany" (Feststellungsprüfung) before beginning their studies.  

On these pages you will find information on the "Feststellungsprüfung" (assessment test) and on admission to the Studienkolleg, where preparation for the test usually takes place in a course lasting about one year. Please note: The University of Erfurt is a humanities and social science oriented university and therefore does not issue conditional admissions to the T-course or M-course of the Studienkolleg.

Learn more about the study opportunities for refugees.

Guest Students (no degree aspired)

As a guest student you can attend lectures at the University of Erfurt. Guest students are not subject to age restrictions, special admission requirements (e.g. university entrance qualification or vocational training), professional status, a specific place of residence or other personal characteristics. Refugees are cordially invited to this programme.

What does guest student status mean?

You will be enrolled with the status of "guest student" and will receive a guest student card (not a student card). You take part in lectures and sit in courses together with the students. You can make contacts and receive impulses for later studies. As a guest student, however, you are not entitled to obtain credits. It is not possible to take examinations.

How do I become a guest student?

You can apply for guest student status at the beginning of each semester.
The courses of the summer semester run from 04.04. to 08.07.2022.

To become a guest student, please contact the International Office for advice on the course choice. You choose lectures from the university's range of courses that correspond to your personal interests. You can find an overview of these in the course catalogue.
As a rule, most courses are held in German, only some courses are held in English. (The course catalogue indicates the language of instruction).

You fill in the selected lectures or courses on the application for guest student status and submit it to the International Office together with a copy of your residence permit (in person, by post or by email). The guest student fees of 50 € per semester will be waived for refugees.

A few days later, your guest student card will be sent to your postal address. Show the card in the selected lectures on request. You can also use it to register at the university library.

Lecture period of the winter semester: October-February.
Lecture period of the summer semester: April-July.

Study Programmes

At the University of Erfurt you can take up a Bachelor's or Master's degree programmeas well as follow the academic path to a doctorate after the Master's degree.

The International Office has compiled information for all international applicants on the required German language skills and information on university entrance qualifications: Language skills and entrance requirements.

Marion Kraushaar
International Student Advisor - Bachelor and Master students, refugees; Admissions Officer
(International Office)
Verwaltungsgebäude / Room 0.37
Office hours
by arrangement

Welcome Project

The Welcome Project is a student project at the University of Erfurt in which students get involved with refugees. One of the main tasks is student mentoring to familiarise refugees with the idea of continuing their previous education by studying in Germany. The refugees can participate in integrating and supporting activities at the university and come into contact with Erfurt students.

The students of the Welcome Initiative offer a wide range of support:

  • Weekly Welcome Meeting: every Wednesday 6-8 p.m. Meeting point in the courtyard of Engelsburg Erfurt, Allerheiligenstr. 20
  • Support to become a guest student, help in finding lectures that are suitable for guest students
  • Joint excursions or events (picnics, BBQs, cooking evenings, game evenings, regional excursions..)
  • Matching of language tandems between Erfurt students and refugees
  • Information events and workshop days on issues related to studying (financing, preparation, specialist information)
  • Initial counselling on studying in Germany or at the University of Erfurt and connection to professional counselling structures

In addition, the mentoring programme also offers campus and library tours.

In regular group meetings, participants can contribute their own ideas for shaping the project. The Welcome Project also works together with other stakeholders in the city, such as the Sprachcafé Erfurt, where people can meet and chat every Tuesday from 6 p.m. at Allerheiligenstr. 9.

The project is always looking for new students who would like to get involved, whether as a language tandem partner, supporter for everyday issues or creative idea contributor. If you want to be part of it, just come to the weekly meeting or contact the project actors via email or Instagram.

Contact Welcome-Project: