The following information is meant for people, who had to flee for humanitarian, legal or political reasons and would like to study or to continue studies they had to interrupt. The International Office of Fachhochschule Westküste – University of Applied Sciences (FHW, FH Westküste) gives advice to everyone who is interested in studying and has qualifications from abroad. However, the available options can depend on your residence status.
Anyone who is interested in studying at Fachhochschule Westküste - 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 this website below via „Information for students with a refugee-background“ and in our Manual for Incoming International Students which can be downloaded from the International Office’s Download-Page (English Version).
If you don't have your documents entirely available in Germany due to reasons connected with your escape and 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 or visit us during our open office hours. 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 www.study-in.de/en/refugees (run by the DAAD). Study-In.de 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 refugees.onset.de/en for the languages German and English. Under „Who Can Take the onSET for Refugees“ you can find out if you are eligible. 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’’ cannot be used for applications to our courses of study. Its purpose is to help you assess your current level for your further planning!
Applicants with a refugee-background are asked to prove at first, if they are able to apply with the regular documents for applicants with non-German school or university careers (Link: https://en.fh-westkueste.de/international/incoming-students/international-applicants/).
Please do not send us original certificates, as rejected applications will be destroyed!
If certificates of the regular requirements for applicants with non-German school or university careers are missing due to the escape, applicants with a flight-background, who stay in Germany with a political asylum or a right of residence according to § 25 Absatz 1 AufenthaltsG, § 25 Absatz 2 Alternative 1 AufenthaltsG, § 25 Absatz 2 Alternative 1 AufenthaltsG, § 25 Absatz 3 AufenthaltsG, § 22 Sätze 1 and 2 AufenhaltsG, § 23 Absätze 1 and 2 AufenhaltsG, § 24 AufenthaltsG, § 25 AsylVfG or § 60a AufenthaltsG, hand in the following documents in a certified copy as well as in a certified German or English translation for a „Plausibilitätsprüfung“ according to paragraph 1 until 3 of the “Erlass des Ministeriums für Soziales, Gesundheit, Wissenschaft und Gleichstellung des Landes Schleswig-Holsteins“ (Decree of the Ministry for Health, Welfare, Science and Gender Equality of Schleswig-Holstein) dated the 29th June 2016:
a) Curriculum Vitae in tabular form with your complete educational biography (Periods of time, cities, schools, universites etc.) and
b) School leaving certificate, which gives you the right to study in the home country, including a list of subjects with grades, and/ or
c) Certificate of a passed university entrance exam and/ or
d) Student card and/ or
e) Study record and/ or
f) Transcripts of records and/ or
g) Other documents, which gives you the right to study in the home country
h) A certified copy of your residence permit
If the right to study cannot be proved by sufficient documents according the above mentioned „Plausibilitätsprüfung“, the following documents in a certified copy as well as in a certified German or English translation are accepted for declaratory proceedings (Feststellungsverfahren) according to Absatz 4 of the “Erlass des Ministeriums für Soziales, Gesundheit, Wissenschaft und Gleichstellung des Landes Schleswig-Holsteins“ (Decree of the Ministry for Health, Welfare, Science and Gender Equality of Schleswig-Holstein) dated the 29th June 2016:
- TestAS certificate with a default value of a minimum of 95 points at the main test, as well as at the study-specific test, or
- Certificate of the so-called "Feststellungsprüfung" (final exam of a Studienkolleg) or
- Professional qualifications by a sufficient apprenticeship from the home country, which is officially accepted in Germany and gives you the right to study without a high-school leaving exam
Regardless of these certificates, the necessary language skills for each study programme have also additionally to be proved!
In the winter term 2019/ 20, the Fachhochschule Westküste – West Coast University of Applied Sciences offers once more a full-time preparatory course for refugees with academic aptitude. The goal of the course is to qualify the participants for studying at a German university. The course will take two semesters and contain an intensive German language course as well as special lessons and information units on the German study system. The preparatory course will also prepare the participants for a final language exam on the level C1 CEFR “telc C1 Hochschule”, which will be subject to a charge.
The language exam “telc C1 Hochschule” is one of the often-accepted language examinations for programmes of study taught in German. The language requirements for university entries are regulated on a federal basis by the “Rahmenordnung über Deutsche Sprachprüfungen für das Studium an deutschen Hochschulen“. The certificate „telc C1 Hochschule“ can, given all other requirements are fulfilled, enable the participants to study at a German university.
25 participants can be admitted per year. The qualifications that allow the participants to study in Germany, as well as German language skills on the level B1 CERF, are required for an application. Applicants who are not able to prove these German language skills by a language certificate can register to participate in the online language test “onset für Flüchtlinge” (free of charge) via the application form, which has to be taken on July 25th 2019 at the Fachhochschule Westküste in the presence of an invigilator. The registration for the language test “onset für Flüchtlinge” can be made via the application form. The academic background of the applicants as well as their type of residence permission in Germany is of prime importance for the evaluation of the application.
Applications will only be accepted by post or by personal delivery to the International Office. Attached copies of documents have to be translated and certified. The application period will be open from March 1st until July 15th 2019 (inbox at university). You can find the application form and the rules of our preparatory course ("Satzung") via these links.
If you have assistance from another person and you want to enable this person to direct questions or an application on your behalf, you must send the team of the international office a power of attorney, in which you authorize this person. This needs to be done in written form.
As the preparatory course is designed as a fulltime program, it is important that you ensure childcare for the whole class period as soon as possible.
For questions or further information, please contact Anne-Katrin Beck from the international office. Her contact details can be found on the right side of this page.