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War in Ukraine: Goethe University supports refugee students
Ukrainian refugees who wish to study in Germany can apply now fot the Academic Welcome Program (AWP). We will offer additional A1 and A2 German courses starting probably in Mid-May. For information about the application process, please attend on of our information events (for dates see right column). Applications must be submitted via uni-assist. You can find further information in Ukrainian on our flyer.
Goethe University is also working urgently to provide scholarships and other support programs for academics and students from Ukraine. As soon as specific offers are available, they will be announced here. Until these services are online, you are also welcome to email your request to email@example.com.
Master scholarships for Master students from Sub-Saharan Africa fleeing the war in Ukraine:
The DAAD has launched a special programme for Sub-Saharan African students whose studies are interrupted due to the war against Ukraine to continue/complete their studies in their home country or region.
- Application Closing Date in the DAAD Portal: 4 July 2022
- Further information see: www.daad.de/icir-africa-ukraine
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Information about school and higher education can be found here: https://www.bmbf.de/bmbf/en/news/information-for-refugees-from-ukraine.html
Academic Welcome Program (AWP)
*** You can schedule appointments with the AWP team at www.terminland.de/uni-frankfurt for individual advisement. Please select "Academic Welcome Program" and then "Interessent*in". On Tuesdays and Thursdays the appointments are only possible via phone or videocall, on Wednesdays we offer personal appointments in the office. Please select the day according to your preferences.
Students and scientists who came to Germany recently due to severe threats, can contact the AWP outside the application periods for information about beginner German courses etc. Information about leaving Afghanistan can be found here: www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/service/afg?
Offers of assistance for Ukrainian students and scientists can be found at: https://www.daad.de/en/the-daad/hilfsangebote/ ***
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 now each semester about 100 refugees can participate in the German and propaedeutic courses and/or other offers. The AWP is currently sponsored by the DAAD and HMWK until Decmber 31st, 2022.
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 usually ends on July 15 for the winter term. For the summer term the application process begins in mid-November and usually ends on January 15. Please always inform yourself about additional application dates! 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) and the books for the language courses have to be paid by the participants. The German classes are free of charge.
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 or student loans).
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).