Niedersächsisches Studienkolleg Course Participation
Preparatory Courses for Refugees

Preparatory Courses for refugees in the INTEGRA project of the DAAD


To address the academic potential of refugees in Germany, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) launched the WELCOME and INTEGRA programmes in 2016, which are funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). From 2016 to 2021, these programmes will support refugees who are capable of studying in their integration into German higher education structures.


Preparatory Course

As part of the DAAD INTEGRA project, the Niedersächsische Studienkolleg has been offering preparatory courses since 2016 for refugees who do not have a direct university entrance qualification (HZB). The subject classes in German, mathematics, regional studies, English, introduction to scientific work take place full-time and prepare you for the entrance test and later attendance of a specialisation course (T-course, M-course, W-course, G-course, S-course). You can find detailed information about the specialisation courses under the menu item specialisation courses on our homepage.


What do I learn in the preparation course?

In the preparatory course, you will have full-time lessons in German, mathematics, regional studies and, depending on your later specialisation course, lessons in English or Introduction to Natural Sciences (NAT). In all five subjects, you will be intensively prepared for the requirements of our specialisation courses and your later studies at a German university or college. We are also happy to help you with any problems you may have in your private life during our counselling hours. Unless a pandemic interferes, you will take part in university fairs, excursions to research institutions, company visits and cultural events.



What does the preparation course cost?

The COURSE FEES of the preparatory courses for refugees are financed by funds from the DAAD's "INTEGRA Project". The SEMESTER CONTRIBUTION (LeibnizCard, Studentenwerk, ASTA) of Leibniz Universität is not included in the course fees, but is reduced for refugees (approx. 310 EUR).

Participants of the preparatory course are not entitled to BAföG and urgently need additional financial means. Financial support may be possible through the educational counselling service Garantiefonds Hochschule. Information on this is available in advance at Counselling appointments near the Studienkolleg are offered by Caritas Hannover via



How can I apply for the preparatory course?

Please apply directly to a university or college in Lower Saxony for admission. You will receive admission and an invitation to the entrance test from the university or college. Whether you get a place in the preparatory course or in the specialisation course of the Studienkolleg after the entrance test depends on your results in the entrance test and on the number of places available.

You can find more information on the admission procedure on our homepage under the menu item Admission Test.

Course duration: 2 semesters (depending on previous knowledge)