More than 8,200 Ukrainian students were attending German universities in 2021, the third largest Ukrainian student community in the world, after the ones in Poland and Russia.
Once the war started, in February 2022, many universities in Germany provided dedicated scholarships, accommodation and other types of support for students fleeing Ukraine.
European Union countries, including Germany, grant temporary protection to people displaced from Ukraine due to the armed conflict. Check the UN Refugee Agency Germany for further details page.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has a special webpage offering assistance for Ukrainian students and scientists: Offers of assistance for Ukrainian students and scientists.
Have a look at the sources below for additional support provided to displaced students:
- On this Information portal of the German government you can find out how to get your school or professional qualifications recognized in Germany.
- Have a look at this flyer in Ukrainian with key information on qualifications recognition in Germany.
- The German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD is the public institution responsible of making it easier for refugees to study in Germany. Read here how DAAD does this.
- To see if your qualifications are enough to enrol at a university or if you need further exams to be accepted, check the DAAD database on admission requirements.
- Find general information about qualification recognition and education in Germany on the country’s dedicated ENIC-NARIC page, the European networks in charge of informing people about academic and professional mobility, and on procedures for the recognition of foreign qualifications.
Scholarships and financial aid
- Technische Hochschule Köln has a dedicated page for refugee students from Ukraine, offering information on scholarships, study opportunities and other types of support.
- Check out the German-Ukrainian Academic Society page for funding and study opportunities dedicated mostly to PhD students and researchers.
- VolkswagenStiftung Funding for Ukrainian PhD students and researchers who have already fled to Germany after the Russian invasion.
- The Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung grants two-year funding to German universities in order to finance foreign researchers fleeing war and persecution: Dossier Philipp Schwartz Initiative.
- The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) supports researchers who have fled their home countries by making it easier for them to join research projects and apply for funding.
Study programmes and opportunities
- Freie Universität Berlin information for students who are refugees (including prospective students)
- Augsburg University of Applied Sciences Encourages Students from Ukraine to Apply for the International Business and Finance Master's Program
- The German Academic Exchange Service provides a valuable list of Support and assistance pages for Ukrainian students and scientists.
- The University of Hamburg offers explains the possibility to continue your studies there on its FAQ page for students from Ukraine and Russia (in German)
- Berlin Technical University (TU Berlin) Support Offers for Persons Affected by the War in Ukraine
- Humboldt-Universität in Berlin has a dedicated programme for refugee students (Refugees Welcome at HU) and provide a list of opportunities for displaced students (Offers for refugee researchers at HU)
- List of Study Programs in Germany for 2022 - 17,851 programs (studying-in-germany.org)
Other support sources
- Academy in Exile offers scholars who are threatened in their home countries the opportunity to resume their research abroad.
- The German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) is collecting links, contact addresses and services that can help affected scientists from Ukraine.
- Aid A helps artists who are persecuted for their personal commitment to freedom of expression, human
- This European Commission information page offers key information about your rights with regard to crossing the border into an EU country, eligibility for temporary protection and applying for international protection, as well as the rights of travel inside the European Union.
- Studying in Germany through Erasmus+ - There are different scholarships and other supporting programmes for helping students to study in Germany, amongst which is also the Erasmus+ EU Grants.
- Key information about the Education System in Poland, on the Eurydice Germany overview Page
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