Academic Assistance for Refugees

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By providing targeted advising early on, the RWTH Aachen International Office wishes to ensure that refugees interested in studies obtain information about the requirements for university admission and about what steps they may need to take to qualify for studies.



Refugee Advisory Team


+49 241 80 92696



Our Services

  • Advising about access to studies at RWTH Aachen University
  • Information about recognition of existing documents at RWTH Aachen University
  • Advising about the language requirements for studies

Aside from questions about studies, questions about financing, language acquisition, and legal status play an important role. For this reason, RWTH Aachen closely cooperates with the city's respective offices and charity organizations that offer further advising in this field.


Important offices and points of contact in the city region include:


Language Acquisition

If you are interested in pursuing studies in German, you need to have German at C1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). RWTH’s Language Center offers language courses to help you reach this level. The University reserves places for refugees in the DSH preparation courses.


Preparatory Courses for Students

To prepare you for your studies in the best possible way, the International Office of RWTH Aachen University offers free specialized courses:

Intensive Mathematics Course

The Intensive Mathematics Course helps you refresh your mathematics skills.

Programming Course

In the Programming Course you will learn the basics of a programming language using helpful application-oriented examples.

Both courses are offered in cooperation with the Chair of Algebra and Representation Theory at RWTH Aachen University. They aim to facilitate the entry into a (technically or scientifically oriented) course of study at RWTH Aachen University.

Academic Language Courses

In the German Academic Course and English Academic Course you will focus on the intricacies of technical and scientific language and learn to express yourself better in academic German, both in speaking and writing.

Kiron Open Higher Education

RWTH Aachen cooperates with Kiron Open Higher Education. Kiron makes it possible for refugees to take online courses during while applying for asylum.

Refugees interested in studying thus have the opportunity to productively use the time during their stay and learn online with the help of English-language massive open online courses or MOOCs.

Bridge Courses at RWTH Aachen

The bridge courses begin in August and end shortly before lectures begin. You are allowed to participate in the bridge courses even if you have not been accepted to the university. You are not required to show proof of enrollment.

Good Academic Start in Engineering

Do you want to study engineering but don't know whether studies at the FH Aachen or RWTH Aachen are right for you? Semester "0" offers the advantage of you not having to choose where to study immediately. You enroll at both universities for the summer semester. After having gained first impressions in the summer term, you then choose what university and what course of study to enroll in in the upcoming winter term.


Financing Studies

A number of funding opportunities are available for refugee students. You can find an overview of these on the Financing of Studies for Refugees.


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