Support for students with refugee status
- Application for studying
- Preparation for studying
- During studies
- Refugees with academic qualification
- Contact persons
Refugees with sufficient qualification and a residence permit of more than one semester are allowed to study at TU Bergakademie Freiberg.
The academic year has two semesters: winter semester (1 October to 31 March) and summer semester (1 April to 30 September).
TU Bergakademie Freiberg offers a wide range of study courses in the fields of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Geo Sciences, Engineering as well as Economics. You can study in German or in English.
Application requirements for refugees
residence permit of more than one semester
Higher education admission
German language knowledge (at least A1) and/or English language knowledge
Certified copies of higher education certificates
Officially attested translations of the above into German or English
Language certificates of German or English
With study preparation: 30 April (for winter term) | 31 October (for summer term)
Without study preparation: 15 July (for winter term) | 15 January (for summer term)
On the following pages you will find information on this special application procedure for international applicants.
Different kinds of study programmes require different application procedures ( Bachelor,Diplom, Master). Please select the option that applies to you:
Refugees with unsufficient knowledge concerning language and subject-related requirements have to take part in study preparatory courses to receive appropriate certificates for studying at a German university.
Test to determine the language level
onSET offers a test to determine the language level. Registered refugees can take this test free of charge– in German or in English.
The onSET-result will help you to find a suitable language course. Universities and language course providers can assign the right course to the participants.
German language courses
TU Bergakademie Freiberg offers German intensive courses for study interested refugees for the level B2/C1.
Within the DAAD-programme INTEGRA at TU Bergakademie Freiberg registered refugees can attend the German courses for free.
In case of questions please contact Ms Bellmann:
Kerstin [dot] Bellmanniuz [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de
Further possibilities to learn German
• "Sprachcafé" offered by the International Centre, every second Tuesday
Test to proof the ability to study
Registered refugees who are interested in studying in Germany can take a free test at refugees.testas.de.
Preparation in Studienkolleg Sachsen in Leipzig
Refugees with unsufficient requirements for studying at TU Bergakademie Freiberg have to attend courses in Studienkolleg Sachsen to get a basic knowledge and appropriate certificates for studying at a German university.
TU Bergakademie Freiberg has introduced an online programme to better prepare for studies in Germany: The Virtual Preparation Course (VPC). The self-studies of students will be supplemented by various tutorials.
German Academic Exchange Service offered a special website for refugees who are interested in studying in Germany.
• KIRON Open Higher Education Platform with online courses to prepare for studying
Six stories from different cities
Freiberg is a small city with low costs for living and studying. Public universities in Germany like TU Bergakademie Freiberg do not charge tuition fees for most degree courses.
BAFÖG is a state´s support to finance your study. Under certain conditions refugees are entitled to benefits. This depends on the current residence status.
Entitled to BAFÖG without a waiting period
recognized persons entitled to asylum,
recognized refugees in line with Geneva Convention on Refugees,
people granted subsidiary protection.
Tolerated persons and refugees for humanitarian reasons will receive BAFÖG after at least 15 months in Germany.
All information to apply for BAFÖG you will find on the website of the Studentenwerk of TU Bergakademie Freiberg.
Refugees within in a not yet concluded asylum procedure and refugees who take part in preparatory courses are not entitled to receive BAFÖG. In this case please contact your Jobcenter or Sozialamt.
- The Welcome and hochform programmes
Since 2015, the German University Foundation has offered the Welcome Scholarship Programme for students from refugee areas who are continuing or beginning their Bachelor's studies in Germany, as well as the hochform Scholarship Programme for Master's students.
Working as a student
If you are planning to working while studying please talk to your contact person in Ausländerbehörde first.
The International Centre support you within all questions about living and studying at TU Bergakademie Freiberg. Orientation days for new international students are organised at the beginning of every semester. A buddy can help during your first days in Freiberg to make the start of your studies as easy as possible. If you are looking for a buddy please register for the Buddy Programme.
DAAD-Programme Welcome at TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Student tutors within the Programme Welcome offered study guidance for refugees in Arabic and Farsi an. They support refugees in study preparatory courses and during their studies by mentoring, getting in contact with relevant persons and giving tutorials for mathematic and German.
Every Semester the International Centre offers a wide range of trainings and workshops to improve important skills and techniques for studying, working and daily life.
Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support (OLS)
Refugees have the possibility to take part in the online language courses OLS during their studies or additionally to their language course at university. Therefore the current asylum status is not relevant.
The language courses consists of modules within different subject areas. Also the opportunity for a „Live coaching“ with special interactive programs(MOOCs, virtual tutorials, forums) is offered.
Programme "Language builds bridges"
The project "Language builds bridges" gives opportunities for intercultural exchange and commitment. This programme is aimed at interested students as well as citizens of Freiberg.
The Virtual Faculty bundles all digitally supported content of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. On the one hand it is offered as a service - on the other hand as a virtual laboratory for new formats, teaching and learning methods.
The Studentenwerk Freiberg provides a wide range of offers concerning social issues like:
Living in a dormitory
Food & Beverages
Financial issues and supporting
Studying with a child or special needs
- legal counselling for students
Further information concerning housing in Freiberg - please talk to your contact person in Ausländerbehörde before moving.
SeeleFon for refugees
SeeleFon is a possibility to get help as a refugee with mental diseases or traumas. Languages of consultation are Arabic, English as well as French.
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 to 12 am and 2 to 3 pm
Phone: 0228 71002425
Further information about free time offers
Special offers for refugees in Freiberg
Consulting and Coaching
- Are you looking for advice on career orientation and career entry in Germany?
- Do you need support in preparing your application documents?
- Do you want to prepare for a job interview?
- Do you need information about the labour market and career entry in Saxony/Germany?
- Do you need information about writing applications?
- Do you know your strengths that you can bring to your career start?
Contacts to employers
- Would you like to establish contacts with employers in the region?
- Would you like to participate in events and trade fairs and expand your network?
- Would you like to get to know the regional job market?
Information about Internships and Jobs
Refugees in Germany with a recognized academic qualification can contact Centre of Advanced Study and Research at TU Bergakademie Freiberg. You will find opportunities for further academic career (doctoral studies, habilitations) and get an overview about various courses, trainings, coaching and events addressed for academics.
Recognition of international qualification
The German Government offers an information system regarding recognition of international qualification. The system provides also data about recognition for international schools and universities certificates. On the webpage there also helpful information for counselling services.
Further offers and possibilities for academic qualification
• Plattform Chance for Science for fled scientists and German research institutions
• The Silent University informal university especially for refugees
• International network Scholar at Risk to promote academic freedom
• Philipp Schwartz Initiative funded research fellowship for threatened researchers
• science4refugees initiative to help refugee scientists and researchers
Mohamad Al Zoabi
IT-Support Mobility Online / Support of Students with Refugee background
Akademiestraße 6 room EG.21
Phone +49 3731 39 2574
Mohamad [dot] Al-Zoabiiuz [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de