The International Centre has created this site for prospective students, current students and doctoral researchers who have been affected by the war in Ukraine and its consequences. The information is intended to help you get an initial overview of what you need to do to study at Leipzig University. We have also included information on topics such as learning German, finding housing and financing your studies.
Since the situation is constantly changing, this information will be updated regularly. (Translation of the German page, which was last updated on 28 April 2022)

The German Academic Exchange Service provides an overview of support services offered by higher education institutions and partner organisations, including: Information about resuming/continuing studies, visa matters and residence permits
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Information for prospective students and prospective doctoral researchers

You can use the Hochschulkompass website to search for suitable degree programmes across the country, and filter according to things like language of instruction, subject, and degree.

A project set up by German universities helps students who are Ukrainian citizens to find available study places throughout Germany.

An overview of study opportunities in Saxony as well as information in Ukrainian and Russian about the higher education landscape in Saxony can be found at Pack-dein-Studium.

For more information about studying in Leipzig and the surrounding area, please visit the website Studying in and around Leipzig, where you will find details of what is offered by higher education institutions in Leipzig and the surrounding area for prospective refugee and international students.

The German Academic Exchange Service provides a general overview of support services offered by higher education institutions and partner organisations as well as information about resuming/continuing studies and about visa matters, residence permits and other related rules in Germany.

The course overview provides information about all degree programmes at our university and admission requirements. You will also find all of our university’s unrestricted degree programmes there. In the case of an unrestricted degree programme, the student’s own secondary school grades or other educational qualifications do not play a role. As a rule, it is likely that you will be admitted to the degree programme, provided that you can present a direct higher education entrance qualification for the programme in question and, if applicable, you meet further enrolment requirements. In any case, you will need to apply properly by the application deadline.

Many higher semesters of study are not subject to restrictions on admission either – this may be of interest to you if you have already completed at least three semesters of study. An overview of higher semesters of study not subject to restrictions on admission can be found in the download area.

To study in Germany, you need a higher education entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung, HZB). You can use the databases anabin or uni-assist e.V. to check whether your educational qualification is recognised in Germany and which higher education entrance qualification you hold.

If you were not able to complete secondary school or your current semester this year due to the current situation, please note the resolution of the Kultusministerkonferenz (Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder) of 5 April 2022: According to this, your educational certificates / degrees earned in 2022 will be recognised as such, even if it is not possible to demonstrate that you have acquired all of the certificates usually required.

Please also see the answer to the question: What can I do if I am missing necessary documents?

  • You must demonstrate proficiency in German at C1 or C2 level. At the time of application (by 15 July 2022), a B2 certificate is sufficient. In this case, however, it is absolutely necessary that, by the time you enrol in October, you submit a certified copy of a certificate recognised by us which confirms that you have reached C1 or C2 level.  
  • Overview of accepted German certificates at Leipzig University.

Please note our information about learning German.

You can apply to study regardless of your residency status! However, please note the current residence regulations that apply to you.

You can find information about application documents and deadlines here:

In addition to your school leaving and degree certificates, you must also submit proof of your language proficiency. Please note that you will need to submit all documents in the original language and as a German or English translation.

If some or all of your certificates are incomplete/missing because of the current situation you had to flee Ukraine, then we follow the resolutions of the Kultusministerkonferenz (Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder) of 3 December 2015 and 5 April 2022.

If your application is incomplete because your documents have been destroyed or left behind as a result of the war, uni-assist will provide you with a special form to fill in. In it, you can explain why your certificates are missing. uni-assist will check the information for plausibility. A decision will then be made as to your formal and academic eligibility. Applicants will not be rejected or excluded from studying at Leipzig University on the grounds of applications that are incomplete due to war or flight from war.

Before applying, we recommend that you attend a personal consultation during our office hours.

International applicants need to apply via the uni-assist e.V. by the relevant deadline. Applications submitted via uni-assist are digital only (no paper documents necessary!). You submit your documents by uploading them to the uni-assist application portal – even if they are not certified copies. Please follow our step-by-step guide

Our handout contains all necessary information for applying for a higher semester on a medical degree programme (medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, dentistry).

If you would like to apply for a higher semester of study on a non-medical degree programme, you can find more information in our checklist for applying for higher semesters of study. Many higher semesters of study on non-medical degree programmes are not subject to restrictions on admission – this may be of interest to you if you have already completed at least three semesters of study. An overview of higher semesters of study not subject to restrictions on admission can be found in the download area.

In the case of an unrestricted degree programme, the student’s own secondary school grades or other educational qualifications do not play a role. As a rule, it is likely that you will be admitted to the degree programme, provided that you can present a direct higher education entrance qualification for the programme in question and, if applicable, you meet further enrolment requirements. In any case, you will need to apply properly by the application deadline.

Under certain conditions, it is possible to spend one to two semesters studying at Leipzig University as a so-called “free mover”. Free movers are visiting students from a university abroad who have organised their stay here by themselves. There is no exchange or cooperation agreement between their home university and the university abroad.

It is important that you:

  • Are enrolled at a foreign university on a degree programme which is comparable to your chosen degree programme at our university. You will only be admitted if we have sufficient capacity in your chosen degree programme;
  • meet the academic admission requirements for studying at German universities;
  • have the necessary language skills. You must provide the respective language certificate by no later than when you enrol:
    • degrees taught in German: German language skills at B2 level (CEFR)
    • degrees taught in English: English language skills at B2 level (CEFR).

Our website has more information about applying and the documents you will need to apply as a free mover.

Doctoral researchers have two options: You can do your doctorate individually or participate in a structured doctoral programme.

All information about these two paths, the application steps and scholarships can be found on the International Centre website.

Further information for doctoral researchers can also be found in the guide for international doctoral candidates.

Ja, auditor status – which is known as Gasthörerschaft in German – lets you attend lectures at our university without enrolling as a student. However, this does not entitle you to take exams.
More information about auditor status for refugees

  • Support services offered by our university, student initiatives for learning German, and networking opportunities:
    Leipzig University website for refugees
  • Leipzig University has set up a website which both collects and shares information about assistance programmes for Ukrainians.
  • A social network for refugee and local scientists, academics and students facilitates initial exchange:
    Chance for Science
  • The City of Leipzig provides information about the initial reception centres for refugees across the Free State of Saxony.
  • The Leipzig helps Ukraine network has an overview of available accommodation.
  • linxxnet has organised a portal to help Ukrainians find housing.
  • Volunteers at the Kontaktstelle Wohnen provide refugees with support in finding housing in Leipzig.
  • Unterkunft Ukraine is an online platform offering accommodation in private households throughout Germany.

With a letter of admission to our university or a certificate of enrolment, you can apply at the Studentenwerk Leipzig for a place in a hall of residence.

Students in financial difficulties can apply for one-time and flexible financial assistance from the association Hilfe für ausländische Studierende in Leipzig e.V..

Information for students who are already enrolled and doctoral researchers

Take advantage of the advisory services offered by the International Centre for questions in regard to continuing your studies or mobility scholarships.

The Studentenwerk Leipzig’s social counselling service offers advice on issues related to financing and housing. Affected students can contact the psychosocial counselling service run by the Studentenwerk Leipzig for support in coping with the recent events. Students in financial difficulties can apply for one-time and flexible financial assistance from the association Hilfe für ausländische Studierende in Leipzig e.V..

You can also find out about the Hilde Domin scholarship programme for at-risk students and doctoral researchers.

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