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Application Deadline: January 1, 2018

Applications are submitted to uni-assist (see link below for explanations). For questions on uni-assist, please contact the International Office.

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Language Learning Center

Claudia Einig

Claudia Einig

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-4562

German Course for Refugees

Studierende im Deutschkurs (Image: TH Köln)

Intensive Course German as a foreign language B1.1 – B2.1


The intensive course has been designed for refugees who want to study at a German university and whose secondary school leaving certificate is recognized as Higher Education Entrance Qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung – HZB) in Germany.

Course Description

In the intensive course “German as a foreign language”, refugees eligible to study in Germany will develop university-specific language skills which will enable them to efficiently prepare for a degree program at a German university.

Participants will complete three language levels (B1.1, B1.2, B2.1) within four to five months. Classroom teaching will be supplemented by language-learning counselling and self-study components including digitally assisted language learning.

After successful completion of the intensive course, participants may be admitted to the
DSH preparation course [GERMAN].

Course Dates

  • summer semester 2018: March/April - August, 2018 (exact dates to be announced)
  • daily classes, 24 hours of instruction per week

Admission Requirements

1. Higher Education Entrance Qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung – HZB) recognized in Germany

2. Residence Status:

  • Personen mit BÜMA/Ankunftsnachweis (Meldung des Asylgesuchs vor Antragstellung gem. §63aAsylG)
  • Asylbewerber*innen (Laufendes Verfahren – Aufenthaltsgestattung gem. §55 AsylVfG)
  • Geduldete (Vorübergehende Aussetzung der Abschiebung - Duldung gem. §60a AufenthG)
  • Asylberechtigte gem. Art. 16a GG/ GFK (Aufenthalt gem. §25 Abs. 1 AufenthG)
  • Anerkannte Flüchtlinge gem. § 3 AsylVfG (Aufenthalt gem. §25 Abs.2 S.1/1. AufenthG)
  • Subsidiär Schutzberechtigte gem. § 4 AsylVfG (Aufenthalt gem. §25 Abs.2 S.1/2. AufenthG)
  • Personen mit Abschiebeschutz gem. § 60 Abs. 5 und 7 AufenthG (Aufenthalt gem. §25 Abs.3 AufenthG)

3. German language level A2

4. Willingness to attend classes regularly


The course is funded by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and by TH Köln.

Application Process and Deadlines

The application is submitted to uni-assist .
A German language level A2 is required for the application.

Application Deadline (summer semester 2018)
- January 1, 2018 -

Applications received after January 1, 2018 will not be accepted. Please apply in time with all the relevant documents.

Click here for information on how to submit your application.

Further dates for the Admission and Enrollment Procedure

After submitting your application, you will receive an invitation to the information event, the placement test and the interview.

Dates for the summer semester 2018:

  • Information Event: to be announced
  • Placement Test: to be announced
  • Interviews: to be announced

Admission and Enrollment

The maximum number of participants is 50. Submission of an application form does not guarantee a place in the course. Places will be assigned according to the following criteria:

  •  Order in which applications are received
  • Evaluation of submitted documents by uni-assist, placement test and interview

Please note that all dates are subject to change.