Student Refugee Advisory Service

The Student Refugee Advisory Service is as a general contact and referral point for already enrolled students with a refugee background at Goethe University. The goal of the Student Refugee Advisory Service is to support this target group in all matters related to studying at Goethe University and to refer them to other relevant university services.

Our support services

  • Regular personal counseling service as well as reachability via e-mail
  • Information and individual counseling on opportunities of financing your studies (especially BAföG, scholarships, part-time jobs and emergency financing aid) as well as support in the application process 
  • Support with the general organization of the study process (e.g. preparation of schedules, hardship applications)
  • Referrals and information to relevant internal university counseling, qualification and support services

Contact and office hours for enrolled students with a refugee background

Alberto Atha, Paul Scherer

Appointments only after registration via Terminland

Thursday, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
In person, via video chat or phone

Scholarships for students with a refugee background

In principle you can already apply for a scholarship, even if you have not yet received a confirmation of your studies of preference. In the case of an acceptance to your preffered study programme, the scholarship will not be paid out until you can prove that you have started your studies. The application process can take up to 6 months. You should write your application letter yourself – even if your German is not yet perfect. Small mistakes are not an issue, but in the further application process it is important that the scholarship provider gets to know your own thoughts and values.

Many scholarships are awarded by political party-affiliated foundations (e.g. Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Heinrich Böll Foundation, or similar). In case you would like to apply for a scholarship of a political foundation, you should be familiar with the values and political party represented by this foundation and be clear about whether they correspond with your personal values. Beyond academic achievements social commitment (e.g. volunteer work, etc.) is usually also an important selection criteria. More detailed information on application requirements and funding opportunities are available on the relevant websites of the scholarship providers.

In addition to the regular scholarship Programmes for German and international students, there are also scholarships that explicitly target students with a refugee background. These include the Deutschlandstipendium, which is awarded directly at Goethe University. There is also the HessenFonds scholarship and the Hilde Domin Programme, for which the Student Refugee Advisory Service nominates applicants.