Which resident status do I need for studying?
There are no legal specifications that would exclude recognized asylum seekers from beginning their studies. The same applies to a person whose asylum procedure has not yet been completed or who has got an uncertain residential status (Duldungsstatus).
You do not need a work permit (Beschäftigungserlaubnis) to start studying. However, the residential status is important for financial support. Please contact Studentenwerk for further information.
Are there any prerequisites?
The admission to study programmes at HTWK Leipzig is restricted. Meaning that only so many applicants can be accepted as there are available spots in the respective study programme. Spots are allotted according to grade point average. Please check here for information on the selection process (content in German)
You are not entitled to be admitted to a study programme by applying and passing the Feststellungsprüfung or DSH alone. The admission process is necessary as well.
There is an aptitude test for the Architecture Bachelor study programme. Please, check with our advice team if there are any tests for the study programme of your choice.
You can find more information on the test and the available dates on our German website.
How can I prepare for my studies?
For your application with uni-assist e.V. you only need a German level of B1. You can apply with a B1-level and acquire the necessary language skills later at Studienkolleg. Do not wait with your application until you have reached the C1-level.
Please be aware that not all language certificates are accepted at HTWK Leipzig. There can also be an unnecessary waiting period if you are missing the certain certificates at the application deadline. It’s best to contact Student Services early on.
Further possibilities to prepare for your studies are listed below:
Open learning space & Tutoring
„mitStudieren“, a project funded by DAAD, will also help you prepare for your studies. The project provides support with learning German and with your application for studies.
Every Wednesday, 3:15 – 6:00 PM
Universitätsstraße, Neues Seminargebäude (NSG), Room S017 or S015
After your application and admission to studies at HTWK Leipzig, we offer the following services:
You can register for the student mentoring programme and an enrolled HTWK-student will support you when you start your studies.
Refugee Law Clinic
If you have questions concerning your residential status, you can contact the Refugee Law Clinic for free and anonymous advice.
Advice for Refugees
Kochstraße 132 - 04277 Leipzig
(c/o Gesellschaft für Völkverständigung)
Fri: 27 Oct / 3 Nov / 17 Nov / 1 Dec / 15 Dec
14:00 - 16:00, starting December 15:00 - 17:00
There is a special shelf in the university libary (content in German) to provide support during your first weeks at HTWK Leipzig. On this shelf you can find literature to help you study German, organize your studies and your daily life, literature on German history and German novels.
If you can’t find the shelf by yourself just ask at the reception desk in the library and the staff will assist you.