University Preparatory Classes for Refugees

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Registration Open until June 20 / Classes Start Late August and Mid-September

No 161/2019 from Jun 06, 2019

Once again, Freie Universität is accepting applications for language courses and preparatory classes provided for prospective students who had to flee their home countries. Applications must submitted online by June 30. The classes are being offered through the Welcome@FUBerlin program. To be eligible, applicants must be registered as refugees and have a valid university qualification certificate. Applications should be submitted using the online form. Participants must also demonstrate at least an A2 level of German proficiency. Classes begin at the end of August and mid-September. Depending on the demand, childcare might be provided during class periods, but availability is limited.

The Welcome@FUBerlin program started in 2015 as a way to help refugees in Berlin and Brandenburg continue their studies without interruption or start a degree program here. More than 200 students participate in the German language courses and preparatory classes each year at Freie Universität Berlin. The program receives support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Berlin Senate.

The Welcome@FUBerlin program provides language and orientation courses according to the student’s language level, ranging from B1 to C1. Participants also have the opportunity to meet with a university student "buddy" as well as tandem language partners. They can also sign up for free courses though the University Sports program. Visiting student status is also an option and allows participants to attend certain university courses or lectures free of charge. If their language skills are sufficient, they can also complete coursework for credits that can later be transferred to their degree program. The university especially encourages women and parents to apply to the Welcome@FUBerlin program.