Information for prospective students with refugee/migrant status

Consulting office for refugees at KIT

We are happy to advise you on basic questions about studying in Germany in general or especially about studying here at KIT:
Evaluation of degrees, admission and study requirements, study opportunities, study preparation offers and procedures, offers for refugees at KIT, financing of studies.
Place and time: see info box on the right.

bunt - Karlsruhe

bunt is a cooperation of diverse organizations – among them KIT - that are active in the region of Karlsruhe. 18 institutions with volunteers and full-time employees from various fields of work decided to cooperate together in order to improve and expand their network and their diverse range of activities to be able to present them more clearly to the outside world. With this cooperation, bunt aims to contribute to better support for refugees in Karlsruhe. The website offers the following categories: education, work, help services, leisure and accommodation.

Tandem program „Pelican“

The work group "Engagement for Refugees" at the Institute for German Studies offers the tandem program "Pelican" (Personal Intercultural Academic Network). Pelican provides tandems of one student and one refugee, who already worked in his/her home country in an academic environment or who is interested in studying at KIT. Through interacting and intercultural exchange, the linguistic competence of the refugees improve, and longer-term encounters with natives are also possible.

TestAS for refugees at KIT

Der TestAS is a study ability test that examines the general and professional suitability for studying at a university. It helps refugees to study or continue their studies in Germany and can be written once free of charge in German, English or Arabic. Universities use TestAS individually or in conjunction with the free examination procedure for refugees from Uni-Assist. In addition, TestAS is an important part of the application for some scholarships.
If you are interested, please contact Daniela von Rüden to register yourself.


Information events for refugees at KIT

Once per semester an information event is offered for students interested in studying and vocational training, mostly in cooperation with the other universities in Karlsruhe. The date of the next event can be found in the info box on the right.

EduRef - Education for Refugees e.V. 

EduRef is a non-profit association from Karlsruhe and a university group at KIT. Their goal is to provide free education for refugees, especially in the IT sector.
The courses comprise of Java programming courses for both beginners and advanced as well as Microsoft Office for beginners.

Scholarships for refugees

Scholarships provide support to gifted students or students in need, in some cases also taking into account the specific circumstances of the refugee situation. Many institutions offer support, including the DAAD, party foundations and business-related organizations. They select their scholarship holders primarily on the basis of academic, social and character traits and assure them a defined financial and often also idealistic support. There are also subject-specific scholarships awarded by research institutions, companies or private individuals.

Here is a short list with selected scholarships:

Advice and information for students with a refugee background at KIT

Several times per semester, students enrolled at KIT with refugee status are invited to information events. Topics include study funding, internships and other topics as needed by the students. Invitations will be sent by email to registered students. If you are interested, please contact Daniela von Rüden.

Study ambassador program at KIT

Study ambassadors of the KIT are themselves students of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in different study programs. They inform prospective students with a refugee background in different languages (German, English and Arabic). They hold the weekly open consultation and, each semester, various information events for refugees in cooperation with the International Students Office and the refugee coordinator.

Guest student program at KIT

KIT has opened its guest student program for refugees so that they can start their university life as early as possible by attending preparatory courses (e.g. basic math course at the MINT Kolleg) and German courses, getting to know other students, participating in social activities and targeted support and receive advice. The KIT covers the fees for the guest certificate and a library card.
Prospective students, who want to study, complete their studies or further qualify, can receive further information in our consultation office.


Language courses at KIT

Refugees seeking to study at KIT have the opportunity to attend a DSH or TestDaF course. The fees are covered by the Integra funding program of the DAAD.
If you are interested, please come to the consultation office.


INTL website for refugees