With its educational offers and academic opportunities, Leipzig University is open to all citizens. It supports refugees – from those interested in studying, to experienced scholars looking to reconnect with academia.

International students on campus. Photo: Christian Hüller

The first point of contact for both refugees and members of the University is the Commissioner for Refugees, Professor Günther Fitzl. He advises on general regulations governing the integration of refugees, provides information about special services and funding opportunities at Leipzig University, and supports refugees in all matters within the University.

Services for Refugees at Our University

Leipzig University offers refugees auditor status free of charge. Being an auditor (known in German as a Gasthörer) allows you to attend individual courses at Leipzig University without taking exams or earning a qualification at the end. Auditors are entitled to a library card for the University Library.

You don’t need a university entrance qualification to apply for auditor status. You do, however, require permission to remain in Germany pending the decision about your asylum application.

Refugees can apply for a place at Leipzig University. The International Centre team offers individual support during the application and enrolment process.

The criteria for admission to higher education, enrolment, the recognition of credits, entrance examinations, and degrees are the same for all international applicants. Foreign applicants must prove that they have the language skills required for their studies. Please visit the page for refugees interested in studying for further information about applying.

The social counselling service run by the Studentenwerk Leipzig is at your disposal if you have any questions concerning student finance, organising your studies, advice in difficult situations, studying as a parent or with a chronic illness or disability, as well as about your residence permit during your studies.

Leipzig University’s Student Council (StuRa) also offers international students advice on social, financial and psychosocial problems. Please visit the StuRa website for more information.

Applicants with a refugee background who do not yet have the necessary German language skills can take a free German course to prepare for their studies at our university. The course takes place at the Studienkolleg Sachsen and at interDaF e. V. at the University’s Herder Institute.

Please contact the International Centre for further information and individual advice.

Leipzig University Library offers refugees a free guest card, which is issued without bureaucratic hurdles. You can use this guest card to use the library, the PCs and the internet. This library card is initially valid for three months, but can be extended if necessary.

The mitStudieren project supports refugees who are interested in studying in Germany if they have questions concerning applying for and commencing their studies, such as requesting auditor status or applying to uni-assist, which is the recognition and application portal for international students. Participants can work individually or in groups on various linguistic topics. There is a wide range of material, for example to prepare for the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH).

Opening hours of the language learning workshop and guidance service



Location: Ziegenledersaal on the campus next to Augustusplatz

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Please check the Facebook page for up-to-date information about the language learning workshop and student guidance project.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) administers the scholarship programme “Hilde Domin Programme” with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (AA). The programme serves to support students and doctoral candidates from across the globe, who are at risk of being formally or de facto denied educational or other rights in their country of origin, and to provide these students and doctoral candidates with an opportunity to begin or complete a study or research degree at a higher education institution in Germany.

Students and doctoral candidates with refugee or asylum status can be proposed for nomination by academics at our university.

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Foto: Eine Gruppe internationaler Studierender betrachtet eine Weltkugel und zeigen sich gegenseitig ihre Heimatländer
Internationale Studierende an unserer Universität, Foto: Christian Hüller

Support for refugee academics

Our university also supports researchers with a refugee background. Funding options for academics who have fled their home countries are offered by various institutions. For more information about these initiatives, please contact Dr Barbara Weiner and Dr Sindy Schug from the Department of Research Services.

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