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Programmes for refugees

Programmes for Refugees

If your are a person at risk in your home country, in transit or refugee, please consult our programs below.

Your options

Emergency Free Mover programme at FH SWF for winter term 2022/2023

If you have been enrolled at a university in the Ukraine, you can apply for the so called free mover programme for one semester (term). As a free mover student you will be officially enrolled and you can study for credits.

You need to provide evidence about your previous enrolment as a student in the Ukraine as well as a proof of you language competence, which must be B2 in German or B2 in English, depending on the degree course you would like to study. If you do not have such a proof, you will have to do the test on campus.

Please be aware that you need to have a student health care insurance to qualify for enrolment at our univeristy.

Please send your documents to by the 15th of July 2022.

Language classes

Specific information about language courses at the different campuses of the university will soon be provided here.

Test your language level. The online language assessment test is intended for refugees who would like to start or continue their studies in Germany. Registered refugees can take this test for free, with instructions in German or in English. Further information can be found here.

Financial support

If you meet certain criteria, you can apply for financial support for your studies via the German university grant administration BAföG.

Please contact the Studierendenwerk Dortmund in order to find out if you meet the criteria.

A further contact for information on financial grants for young immigrants is the Otto-Benecke-Stiftung e.V. (Otto Benecke Grant Program)

More information about scholarships for refugees can be found here.

Bridge Scholarships for Ukrainian Students

Here you can find all information about the Bridge Scholarships for Ukrainian Students.

Further information

Further information for refugees interested in studying in Germany can be found on the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Trauma counselling for Ukrainian refugees

The Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia has established counselling services for people from Ukraine traumatised by war and escape.