Information for Refugees
with Interest in Studying

The following information is meant for people, who had to flee according to humanitarian, international law or poiltical reasons and would like to study or to continue studies they had to interrupt. The International Office of the West Coast University of Applied Sciences (German name: „Fachhochschule Westküste“, FHW, FH Westküste) advises in general everyone who is interested in studying and has qualifications from abroad. However, the available options can depend on your residence status.

Everyone who is interested in studying at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences can apply directly to the university during the application phases. The dates, as well as the documents which need to accompany the application and the required language certificates are named on our website for International Students and in our Manual for Incoming International Students which can be downloaded from the International Office’s Download-Page (English Version).

For persons interested in studying who don't have their documents entirely available in Germany due to reasons connected with their escape, but can bring conclusive evidence for their educational biography (e. g. student ID, photo or newspaper article of graduation) it is possible to take part in a university aptitude test (German name: "Hochschuleignungsprüfung") for the desired subject. Please take into account that it is necessary to have a very good command of the language, the course of study is taught in.

If you are affected by these circumstances or if you are not sure whether your documents are sufficient for studying at the FHW, please make an appointment with the team of the International Office. You'll find the contact details in the box on the right.

If you are looking for general information regarding Studying for Refugees, we recommend the website run by the DAAD. provides you with information about the fields of study and the university system in Germany, as well as with hints for accompanying topics, such as financing or accommodation.

The Gesellschaft für Akademische Studienvorbereitung und Testentwicklung e.V. (g.a.s.t.) offers an online language placement test „onSET for Refugees“. The test helps refugees with interest in studying to assess their respective language level. It is available under for the languages German and English. Under „Who Can Take the onSET for Refugees“ you can find out if you are eligble. In order to access the test you will have to submit a document that verifies your residence status. After having proved that you meet the criteria you can take the test free of charge.

Please take into account, that ’’onSET for Refugees’’ can not be used for applications to our courses of study. Its purpose is to help you assess your current level for your further planning.