Academic Welcome Program (AWP)

Current information

The event will take place Online on January 17th at 11 AM. Please, register here. 

Dear prospective applicants,

The  Academic Welcome Program will offer an information event on the offers, the application process and the admission requirements of the Academic Welcome Program for highly qualified refugees as well as on studying at Goethe University.

Participation in the information event is a prerequisite for admission to the Academic Welcome Program in the coming semester! We will inform you about the application via Uni-Assist, important deadlines and requirements for a successful application. 

The application period for the AWP for the summer semester 2024 runs from now until 21.01.2024. You will find further information under Application

If you have any questions about your application, please book an appointment for an applicant consultation or come to our office for an open consultation. Due to the Christmas period, consultation appointments can only be held irregularly and not in person from December 15 until January 7. We ask you to discuss important matters with us before 15.12.23 if possible. 

Refugees from Ukraine who are interested in starting or pursuing their studies can apply for the Academic Welcome Program (AWP). The prerequisite is a German language certificate of at least level A2. We recommend attending an integration course first. If you have any questions, please contact us at:

General support services for students and scientists from Ukraine can be found at the DAAD Websites:

Information on schools, studies and recognition of degrees can be found at the BMBF:

About the Academic Welcome Program (AWP) for highly qualified refugees

As a public university, the Goethe University contributes to the solution of social, political, economic and cultural problems. With the Academic Welcome Program (AWP) for highly qualified refugees, the university creates a framework that supports the integration of highly qualified refugees in Germany. Through access to German language courses and university education as well as networks and university infrastructure, Goethe-University provides perspectives for refugees and enables exchange and participation.

The AWP started in the 2015/ 2016 winter semester and has been grown steadily ever since. Every semester, around 100 refugees take part in the German and specialist courses as well as further offers the AWP provides. The AWP is currently funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts (HMWK) until 31 December 2023.

The program elements are documents in the respective site.

Application period: The AWP starts every semester (summer semester: mid-April/ winter semester: mid-October).  Applications can be submitted from mid-November or mid-May and the application period closes on 15 January for the summer semester and on 15 July for the winter semester.

Target group: The following groups of people are eligible to apply: asylum seekers, applicants and persons entitled to asylum (recognized refugees) who have a university entrance qualification (HZB) recognized in Germany or who have already studied in their home country and would like to (further) study in Germany.

Costs: The costs for the semester ticket, the fees for German exams (B2/C1/DSH) and for the necessary German books must be paid by oneself. All other offers (especially German lessons) are free of charge.

Duration: Up to three semesters, depending on individual learning progress. At the end, an official certificate of participation in the program will be issued.

Note: Participants in the AWP do not receive student status and can therefore not claim the services that are only subsidized for students (BAföG, places in dorms, university sports, etc.).


Academic Welcome Program

Campus Bockenheim
Hörsaalgebäude, Entrance Mertonstrasse

Graefstrasse 52-54
Offices 101-103
1st floor

Mail address:
Senckenberganlage 31
Postfach SLI-AWP 105
60325 Frankfurt a. M.

Telephone: +49-69-798-17296
Facebook: AcademicWelcomeProgram

Program Manager: Paul Scherer

Program Employees: Alberto Atha, Christopher Dick 

Counseling for applicants:

with appointment (phone, in person, virtually): 
book an appointment 

Open counseling hours in person (no appointment required):

Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Open telephone-counseling, just call 069-79817296:
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For AWP-Participants:
Counseling only with appointment (phone, in person, virtually): 
book an appointment

Counseling for already enrolled students with a refugee background:
Student Refugee Advisory Service

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