Participation in the Goethe University program “Academic Welcome Program for highly qualified refugees” (AWP) provides an opportunity for further education in individual fields of knowledge as well as an orientation in academic teaching and studying culture in Germany. Through access to a university education, the German language and academic infrastructure and networks, the Goethe University hopes to develop both a future perspective and convey an orientation as well as facilitate scholastic exchange and participation for refugees. The AWP started in the winter term 2015/16 with 30 refugees. Since then, the program and its offer have continually expanded, so that in the summer term 2018 more than 130 refugees could participate in the German and propaedeutic courses and/or other offers. The program will run at least until the end of 2019.

The program offers German intensive courses (B1-C1),  varied subject preparatory courses (as of level B2.3) and/or university courses as well as the use of the university’s infrastructure, e.g. the library, multimedia language lab, and services of the computer center. Above all, there is a far reaching complimentary program to support the integration process with information and guidance for educational and professional outlook.

The program starts each semester (summer term: mid-April/winter term: mid-October). The application process begins in mid-May and ends on July 15 for the winter term. For the summer term the application process begins in mid-November and ends on January 15. By each deadline, the application must be completed online and sent by mail to the uni-assist office in Berlin. Every “highly qualified refugee” who wants to study can participate. “Highly qualified refugees” include asylum seekers, -applicants and those entitled to asylum, who qualify for direct university admission in Germany or have previously studied at a university in their home country.

Costs: The fees for the German language exams (B2/C1/DSH) as well as the books for the language courses have to be paid by the participants.

Duration: Up to three semesters, depending on each individual’s learning progress. At the end of the program, participants receive an official certificate of participation.

Participants in AWP specifically do not receive student status and therefore cannot claim subsidized student benefits. (i.e. student housing)

You can find the (German) flyer with general information about the AWP here.

You can find an Arabic summary of the AWP website here (pdf).


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