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Information for refugees

official information website for Refugees of the Leibniz Universität Hannover

Starting university in a new country is often a challenge for refugees who have had to leave their countries for all kinds of reasons.

On this page, Leibniz Universität Hannover provides key information about studying and the support services available at the university:

Contact persons:

  • Lower Saxony’s higher education institutions have appointed special contact persons for refugees. These are listed on the Central Coordination Center for study guidance and counselling in Lower Saxony (kfsn) website.

    For the Leibniz Universität Hannover, Mr Ludolf von Dassel from the International Office is the official point of contact ( Phone +49,511,762 - 3964 , ludolf.vondasselzuv.uni-hannover.de).

  • The Student Advice Office will be happy to advise you on any questions you may have concerning studying. Advisors provide initial guidance on responsibilities within the higher education system, as well as assistance in the decision-making process.
  • Leibniz Universität Hannover’s AStA (university student representation) is engaged in integrating refugees into the university in the context of “Open University”.
  • The Refugee Law Clinic Hannover e.V., a student association established by the Faculty of Law, provides free legal advice to refugees from winter semester 2015/16.
  • The Bildungsberatung Garantiefonds Hochschule JMD provides advice on issues concerning the recognition of international school-leaving certificates and on the options available for embarking on a university degree or an apprenticeship.

Get to know the university:

  • Refugees who cannot or may not yet start studying can, for example, attend courses free of charge as guest auditors to get an impression of the university and everyday university life. After registering, you may regularly attend your own choice of courses. It is possible to take exams and thus collect credit points for prospective academic studies at Leibniz Universität Hannover.
  • The aim of JuniorSTUDIUM is to enable you to spontaneously attend seminars and lectures free of charge to get an impression of everyday university life. Without registration, seminars and lectures in all kinds of subjects can be attended spontaneously.
  • All other courses for prospective students are, of course, also open to you. These can be found on the  Student Advice Office website. Orientation courses are usually free of charge. If, however, fees happen to be charged, feel free to contact us.

Applying for a place:

Master’s degree: You can find information about the application process, application deadlines and evidence of language proficiency here.
Bachelor’s degree: If you’re interested in embarking on a Bachelor degree, please first read the information for prospective foreign students from countries outside the EU. This information contains details about the application process, important deadlines and language skills.
If you are no longer in possession of your school certificates or university documents, the options available to you for accessing higher education will be clarified individually on a case-by-case basis.
Initial important information about accessing higher education without documents can be found on the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony website.

Financing and costs

A semester fee is charged each semester for studying at Leibniz Universität Hannover.
Hannover Student Services awards refugees, amongst others, a grant to cover the semester fee, and advises international students on issues concerning financing university and finding accommodation.
The Bildungsberatung Garantiefonds Hochschule JMD also provides information about financial issues, and may be able to provide financial support.