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Contact & Service

Office hours for refugees

We will be happy to advise you by email, phone or online via zoom! Please contact us and make an appointment.
Mon, Tue, Thur 10-12h / 14-16h

Elin Petersson

Elin Petersson

Hochschulreferat Internationale Angelegenheiten

  • Campus Deutz
    Betzdorfer Straße 2
    50679 Köln
  • Room ZN 2-4
  • Phone: +49 221-8275-2149

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Ministry of Culture and Science of NRW

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Federal Ministry of Education and Research

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German Academic Exchange Service

Welcome to TH Köln

You have taken refuge in Germany? And you would like to begin your studies at TH Köln? Here you will find everything about the necessary requirements and the application procedure. In addition, there are special offers that make it easier for refugees to begin their studies.

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German language courses

A prerequisite for acceptance into German-taught programs is the ability to demonstrate a sufficient command of the German language. Our language center offers language courses in “German as a foreign language” and a preparatory German language course for the German language examination for university entrance (DSH).

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DAAD: Study in Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has compiled important information for refugees on the subject of "Studying in Germany". They are available in German and English. FAQs are also available in Arabic, Urdu, Pashtu and Dari.

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Information for refugees wishing to study in NRW

Education and research know no borders. That is why the Education and Science Ministry and NRW colleges and universities support refugees who want to study in North Rhine-Westphalia. This website will help you find the information you need. In addition to general information, it includes the phone numbers and addresses of the responsible advisors at the colleges and universities.

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A guide for your first weeks in Germany. Understanding how Germany works is the basis for getting on well together. Everyone has the same obligations and has to obey German laws. But everyone has the same rights too. In this app you get to know the rules of this country and learn what you have to pay attention to. Try it! And start right now...

Handbook Germany

The central information platform for all newcomers to Germany. Here you will find the most important information you need to get started in your new home. In videos and texts you will find answers to your questions about living in Germany with important tips on asylum, housing, health, work and education, as well as on daycare, studies and much more - available in seven languages: German, Farsi, E

Educational guidance for young immigrants

The University Guarantee Funds (GF-H) educational consultancy is a federal programme which is aimed at giving professional advice to immigrant secondary school graduates, students and young university graduates according to University Guarantee Funds’ guidelines (RL-GF-H). The aim of our advisory service is to help you to continue your academic career in Germany as soon as possible.

Guidance for adult immigrants

The immigration counseling for adult immigrants will be of assistance with questions in regards to learning German, school and profession, accommodation, health as well as family and education.

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Conn[ɛ]ction Cologne e. V.

Conn[ɛ]ction Cologne e. V. aims to increase the opportunities for refugees to participate in social life. Since linguistic understanding is an important prerequisite for this, Conn[ɛ]ction Köln e. V. provides voluntary language support.

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Crossborders Köln

Crossborders Köln is an initiative of students of TH Köln, which tries to reduce the language barrier for refugees. The aim is to teach German to refugees in Cologne in a non-traditional way, thus overcoming the first integration difficulties and borders and offering a change in everyday life. The aim of the courses is to impart German language practice in a playful way and thus make fun for both

KAUSA: Information about Vocational Trainings

Vocational training counselling for young refugees and their parents We offer: educational and vocational orientation, insight into the German education system, information and motivation for starting a dual training course, making contact with companies in order to arrange internships and apprenticeships

About TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences

TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences is one of the most innovative universities of its kind in Germany with a strong focus on research. We offer more than 90 Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in the natural, social, cultural, societal and engineering sciences. This wide range of subject areas offers our students numerous opportunities to work together in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary environment.

TH Köln is an international and diverse university. Of the approx. 24,000 students enrolled in our institution, 3,900 are international students from 136 countries. Some of the modules in our Bachelor’s programs are taught in English; in addition, some of our Master’s programs are completely in English. We are convinced that the development of scientific knowledge and intercultural skills is greatly enhanced through cultural exchange. The TH Köln therefore sees the growing diversity and internationality of its student body as an enrichment which it actively promotes.

Universities for openness, tolerance and against xenophobia

The member universities of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) are set to oppose xenophobia in Germany as part of a nationwide initiative. German Rectors’ Conference (HRK)