Study possibilities for refugees
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 apply?
For all information regarding the application process, please see here.
If you have taken TestAS or if you have a so-called "Beratungsschein", you can register at Portal zur Kostenbefreiung to apply at three universities without charge. This service is only available for refugees.
How can I prepare for my studies?
For your application with uni-assist e.V. you only need a certificate of German level B1 or a proof of 400 hours German lessons. You can apply with a B1-level and acquire the necessary language skills later at Studienkolleg.
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, 15:15 – 18:00
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.
What is BewerberInfoBox?
BewerberInfoBox is the official online tool of HTWK Leipzig for applicants. If you have applied successfully via uni-assist e.V., you will receive a login for BewerberInfoBox from the Department of Student Affairs at HTWK Leipzig. BewerberInfoBox is your most important tool after finishing the application process with uni-assist e.V. With this tool you can get information on the status of your application, you can accept and decline a spot in a study programme, you can register for the waiting list and lottery, you can immatriculate and you can apply for free pre-courses.
What is TestAS?
TestAS is a proof for your ability to study. If you cannot provide a gapless education biography, TestAS will help to proof to German universities that you are capable to take up studies. Furthermore you can use the TestAS certificate to register for a free application process with uni-assist e.V. so that you do not have to pay the fee for the handling of your application.
TestAS is available in German, Arabic and English, it is free of charge and mainly tests your cognitive abilities. Depending on your field of interest, you will be tested in one of the following subjects for HTWK Leipzig:
- Mathematics, Computer Science and Nature Science
- Engineering Science
The language coach institute provides the TestAS in Leipzig. There are more appointments available with TestAS directly. If you have any questions concerning TestAS, you can also contact the student advisors at HTWK Leipzig.
Where can I get advice?
Refugee Law Clinic
If you have questions concerning your Asylverfahren, 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.