Academic Welcome Program

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 2017 more than 120 refugees could participate in the German courses and/or other offers. The program will run at least until the end of 2019.

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.


Sponsored by:

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The Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts

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DAAD with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research