Information for refugees and asylum seekers

As far as the admission to a degree programme is concerned, you are treated just like any other international student applicant: You need to have a higher education entrance qualification and a sufficient level of German.

In order to attest your higher education entrance qualification, your certificates from your country of origin have to be recognized. Therefor you need to apply for a preliminary review documentation (so-called “Vorprüfungsdokumentation” = VPD) at uni-assist. For refugees the VPD is free of charge (applying for cost exemption) until winter semester 2019/20. We have put together the most important information on how to request your VPD.

On our pages for international full-time students in Bachelor degree programmes you find further information about the recognition of foreign certificates.

Syrian school leaving certificates with an average better than 70 % should allow an easy access to studies in Germany, especially the scientific branch. On the internet platform ANABIN [only available in German] you can see which certificates allow access to certain study programmes in Germany.

Please note that in some Bachelor degree programmes places are limited (Numerus Clausus).

For international applicants the international applicant quota is relevant.

Applications for Master degree programmes may differ from the process explained above.

Certain German language skills are vital to most programmes offered at OTH Regensburg. If your German is not sufficient yet, you may attend a preparatory German language course (“studienvorbereitender Deutschkurs”), starting with level B1 upwards. For refugees course fees for the winter semester 2019/20 can usually be financed by a DAAD support programme accessible via the International Office of OTH Regensburg. 

Until 31 May 2019 the European Commission is providing free licenses for refugees for OLS (language tests and language courses). If you are interested in a free German or English online language course, please contact us and send a confirmation of your refugee status to refugees(at)oth-regensburg.de.

onSet is an online language test, which is free for refugees. The test allows you to find out about your current proficiency in English or German. This may help you to find a matching language course and gives you a proof of your proficiency.

For registration for a preparatory German language course the "onSET for refugees" certificate is accepted, but you have to do a placement test at the ZSK of the University of Regensburg not later than one week before the course starts.

According to current information, living costs during the German courses may be financed by the Jobcenter (valid for the jobcenters in the Regensburg Region). 

Students in a Bachelor or Master degree programme have the opportunity to apply for an educational loan. For more information about Bafög please contact the Student Union for Niederbayern / Oberpfalz.

There are only a few grants and scholarship programmes who explicitly address to refugees. The information about the different programmes is only avalaible in German.

For Information about grants and scholarships in general please contact the Career Service.

Advice and help for refugees in Regensburg is also available via CampusAsyl.

There is an app called Integreat which summarizes all important information for refugees and asylum seekers in Regensburg. It is available in a German, English and Arab version. It can be downloaded in Google Play Store for free and is compatible with IOS and Android.

Further information can be found on the web page of the DAAD.