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Refugees as guest students

Studying online in summer term 2020

Due to the current situation, the start of this summer term has been postponed to 20th April.

All lectures and courses will be held online. In order to participate in your lectures/courses, you need personal login data for eCampus. You have to sign up for your lectures/courses in Stud.IP.


Whoever wishes to prepare for studying at a German university can enrol as a guest student free of charge and attend selected courses. In summer term 2020, lectures will start from 14th April. Registration is possible from 24th February to 20th March. The number of guest students is limited. Students will accompany you through the semester. Transferable credits from attended courses can be acquired in exceptional cases.

You are a refugee and would like to study? As a guest student you will learn...

  • Language: You will come into contact with German as a scientific language. You will learn subject-related scientific terminology which is not taught in language courses.
  • Content: You will visit real courses and learn more about the content of degree programmes. This will make it easier for you to choose a degree programme.
  • Organisation: Studying in Germany requires a lot of organisational self-management. As a guest student, you can prepare yourself for a course of studies later on.
  • Saving time: You will familiarise yourself with the study system at a German university. This will save you time in studying later on.

Accompanying programme

The following programmes are available to you as a guest student in addition to lectures and courses:

Assistance from students
In order to enrol as a guest student, you are required to make a personal selection of courses and have them approved by the faculty. A student will assist you with this and other questions of organising your studies.

Language coaching
Personal support in learning the language. Language coaches will introduce you to typical communication situations at universities and subject-specific types of text, and familiarise you with the learning cultures.

Workshops and course for study preparation
Workshops are offered about Subjectrelated Research, Application and Study Finance. A special study preparation course is offered for guest students who finished german classes by final examination (DSH e.g.). You will receive the invitations during the guest student program.

Workshops on the topics orientation on the job market, intercultural competence and special IT courses are also offered. Such courses are also available during the semester break.

German language course
In preparation for going to study you can join Intensive Language Courses. The language courses are free of charge for refugees in preparation for going to study later on.

Using the library (SUB)
As a public area of Göttingen University, the State and University Library (SUB) is open to you for reading and learning. Your guest student chip card also serves as a library ID card. At the chip card issuing point in the main lecture hall building (ZHG), you will receive the access data for your user account in addition to your card. This will enable you to use all services for students available at the library.