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Preparatory German courses

The Heinriche-Heine-University normally offers preparatory German courses at the levels B1, B2 and C1. The C1 course concludes with the exam „telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule“. At the end of the other course levels there are intermediate examinations (no telc examinations; if necessary, you can take them independently at a different language course provider).

The preparatory German courses for refugees usually start in January and August each year.

Courses are always held in the mornings from Monday to Friday with 24 hours of lessons per week.
They run for 16 weeks for each level.


1. a valid university entrance qualification (HZB). This means that your certificates from your home country are comparable with the German Abitur.
You can check your school certificates in the DAAD Database on admission requirements or with the anabin database
2. You have refugee status in Germany (ongoing asylum proceedings, tolerance permit, recognised residence title or similar)
3. You have at least German level A2 or better a B1 level. The German courses at the university focus strongly on the written word.


The application deadline for German courses in January is 31.10. of the year before.

The application deadline for German courses in August is 31.05. of the same year.

Please send the following documents by e-mail (photo, pdf, scan, in one document) to or hand in the documents during the SSC office hours.

Incomplete documents will not be accepted!

- completed and signed application form
- Identity card (front and back)
- Certificate of the last language course, if you have a certificate
- curriculum vitae
- School leaving certificate (in original language and German translation)
- University degree certificate with list of subjects and grades, if you have already studied (in original language and German translation)
- University entrance examination, if you have taken it (in original language and German translation)

If you have a university entrance qualification (HZB) with the above mentioned documents, we will invite you to take a written placement test probably in July or December.
We will inform you about of the exact date for the placement test after your documents have been checked.

Please note: Neither HZB nor the passed placement test guarantees you a place in the German course. We will inform you a few weeks before the course starts if you get an admission.


Yes, the preparatory German courses for refugees are free of charge. Books and travel expenses for participants who live outside Düsseldorf are also covered.

With the programmes "NRWege ins Studium" and "INTEGRA", the DAAD supports universities in their commitment to the successful integration of refugees.


No. However, it is possible to enrol as a German course student.


Yes, in addition to language teaching, various workshops are usually offered, such as intercultural training or a lecture on learning strategies. External partners such as the consumer advice centre or the employment agency also offer information events. There is also a Language Buddy programme for the participants* in our C1 courses.


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