Information for refugee and prospective students

Important questions and answers for refugee students and prospective students

Can I get enrolled at Humboldt-Universität?

For refugee students, HU offers fast-track enrollment for a single semester. To be eligible for a place, you need to meet specific criteria (language proficiency, academic qualification, official refugee status in Berlin). For the ongoing summer semester, applications are closed, but prospective students can apply for the winter term (October 2022 through March 2023) in June. More detailed information on the procedure will be published on this website. For questions regarding study opportunities at HU please email us at

If you would like to apply for a full degree programme (not to be confused with the fast-track enrollment mentioned above), please see below for further information.

Can I learn German at Humboldt-Universität? At which levels are courses offered and how can I register?

If you are enrolled at Humboldt-Universität, you can participate in classes offered by the university’s Language Centre. German courses for different levels are offered there. It is also planned to offer a separate German language programme for refugees studying at HU from summer 2022.

How can I apply for a regular degree course at Humboldt-Universität?

An application is possible for the winter semester 2022/2023 if the necessary application requirements are met. The application for a study place at HU takes place via uni-assist. This PDF document provides detailed information on the application procedure for international applicants and a list of the required application documents.

Additional, comprehensive information can be found in our Guide for International Students.

Do I have access to the university with my foreign certificates?

Information on the assessment and formal recognition of foreign educational qualifications can be found in the database anabin. A self-check of the university entrance qualification is possible on the uni-assist self-check page.

The country-specific information may also be helpful. The decision on the recognition of foreign qualifications is made by uni-assist when processing the application.

What language certificates do I need to apply for graduate studies?

All undergraduate degree programmes (Bachelor, state exams) are German-language programmes, so a German certificate of level C1 is required for the application.

For the Master’s application, it depends on the respective programme’s requirements. Information on Master’s admission and language requirements can be found under “Special knowledge” in our programme catalogue.

Different requirements apply to refugee students from Ukraine who are admitted on a transitional basis in the summer semester. Please contact us at to find out more.

Does the university offer accommodation for Ukrainian refugee students?

The university does not have its own accommodation facilities. Students can apply for places in the Studierendenwerk halls of residence.

Individuals in need of accommodation find assistance at the Berlin Arrival center, Saatwinkler Damm in 13405 Berlin, open 24/7. All official information can be found on The platform arranges accommodation.

Are the study opportunities presented here also open to international students who are fleeing Ukraine but do not have Ukrainian citizenship?

Those affected can contact, the conditions for refugees from Ukraine who do not have Ukrainian citizenship are currently being clarified.

What is the HU scholarship programme and how can I participate?

If you are enrolled as an exchange student, you will automatically benefit from the HU scholarship programme. This means that you will receive a monthly stipend of 1050 euros and won’t have to pay the university’s regular contribution for the semester. We will contact you directly regarding the details.

I have Russian citizenship and am interested in studying at Humboldt-Universität. Can I apply?

Applications from Russian students for places at Humboldt-Universität Berlin are still accepted.