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Language courses preparing refugees for university

The Georg-August-University of Göttingen, together with the Institute for Intercultural Communication (IIK), offers an intensive program of courses in German as a foreign language to refugees considering beginning or continuing their university studies. The program prepares students for the DSH exam, which is a prerequisite when applying for a place at the University of Göttingen. The classes are not only attended by refugees, but also by participants who do not have a refugee background. As part of this program, assistance is available to participants requiring homework support or advice on their language studies. These language courses are funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) through its Integra program, which provides support for universities seeking to integrate refugees into their courses of studies. Only the costs of the DSH-exam in the amount of € 70,- have to be paid by the participants.

To receive a supported place in IIK's German language courses, refugees first need to prove their ability to study at university. This is determined by the International Student Office, which is part of Göttingen International. To determine whether an individual with refugee status is eligible for a supported-place in the German language courses at IIK, the following documents must be submitted to the University of Göttingen's International Student Office either in person or via email:

  • certificates for studies completed in the country of origin (in German, English or French)
  • identification/proof of refugee status, including name, nationality and date of birth.


Contact email: alexander.goerres@zvw.uni-goettingen.de

Office hours: Mon., Wed., Fri. 10-13.00

Alexander Görres
Göttingen International / International Student Office
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Von-Siebold-Str. 2, Room 0.108
D-37075 Göttingen
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 21354
Fax: +49 (0)551 39 21333

The International Student Office will confirm directly with IIK when it is determined that a refugee is able to participate in a language course.