Information for refuges who wish to study or work at the University of Education in Freiburg

Dear prospective students and researchers from abroad, welcome to the University of Education in Freiburg!

We are open for prospective students, students and researchers with a refugee background

The University of Education does not offer English-Language Programs. All teaching except when studying a language, is conducted in German.

On this page you find information for refugees in general and for refugees from Ukraine in particular. Please scroll down.

Learning German

We have a range of offers for people who wish to continue their education here and who need help with learning German:

The Language Center of the PH Freiburg regularly offers preparatory German courses (B2/C1) for refugees.

For admission to a German university, a university entrance qualification (HZB) recognized in Germany is required. Qualifications obtained abroad will be checked in advance for a fee via UNI-ASSIST (see information on the UNI-ASSIST procedure).

Proof of language proficiency: C1 (European reference framework). Proof of German language proficiency is normally provided by a DSH or TestDaF examination.
Information on all language courses and language exams currently offered at the PH Freiburg.

If you have questions regarding your  residence status, or other legal issues, you may contact Prof. Dr. Albert Scherr (albert.scherr(at) und Dr. Rebecca Hofmann (rebecca.hofmann(at) who can point you to further advice


The Studierendenwerk Freiburg offers advice on financing, discussion groups and psychological counseling, a social counseling service, as well as information on dormitories.
Email: stufi(at)

On the page Refugees Welcome (under "Internationales") of the Studierendenwerk you will find further information especially for refugee prospective students and students. Here you can find special offers of the Studierendenwerk Freiburg for refugees.

The Garantiefonds Hochschule offers general student counseling as well as advice on the recognition of certificates.

Special Information for Students from Ukraine

No tuition fees are charged for students from Ukraine with a residence title according to § 24 Residence Act (this includes Ukrainian nationals, stateless persons or nationals of other third countries who have enjoyed international protection or equivalent national protection in Ukraine before February 24, 2022 and are unable to return safely and permanently to their country or region of origin). More info .

Refugees from Ukraine (B2 German) can register for two semesters as guest students to acquire German language skills for regular enrollment on the side. However, ECTS transfer of the first year is then not possible. For detailed information, please contact Dr. Verena Bodenbender.

Support by the Society for Academic Study Preparation and Test Development e.V. (Gesellschaft für Akademische Studienvorbereitung und Testentwicklung e.V.)

The Society for Academic Study Preparation and Test Development e.V. (g.a.s.t.) - supports Ukrainian refugees with various learning and test offers on their way to Germany and to a German university:

Interested Ukrainian refugees can register here:

Offer for Teachers

Refugee teachers can register at the Freiburg School Office in the "Substitution Pool Online" (VPO).

Offers for Researchers from Ukraine

The Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts in Baden-Württemberg now offers a bridging fund for Ukrainian and international students and researchers who had to flee Ukraine. All state universities in Baden-Württemberg are eligible to apply. Applications can be submitted now and until the available budget is exhausted:

Specific information for refugees from Ukraine is provided by the DAAD National Academic Contact Point Ukraine.

The central website of the nine universities in Baden-Württemberg provides an overview of offers for students and researchers from Ukraine.

Volkswagen Foundation: Scientists at German universities and research institutes who would like to provide Ukrainian partners with a workplace in their research group or at their institute are invited to apply.

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative offers funding for researchers who are demonstrably at risk - regardless of their field or country of origin.

Universities and research institutions in Baden-Württemberg can apply to the Vector Foundation's call for applications for Ukrainian refugee researchers (PDF) together with the guest researcher to be admitted.

The German section of the global Scholars at Risk network is an association of German universities, research institutions and scientific organizations that are committed to supporting and protecting endangered researchers and scientific freedom.

Science for Ukraine provides information and practical support for Ukrainian researchers and students worldwide.

More Information

Aid provided by the City of Freiburg: