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Preparatory German courses

The Heinrich-Heine-University normally offers preparatory German courses at all levels. The C1 course concludes with the exam „telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule“.

The preparatory German courses for refugees usually startevery month.

Courses are always held in the mornings from Monday to Friday with 24 hours of lessons per week.


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. The German courses at the university focus strongly on the written word.


By then, please email the following documents (photo, scan, in one document) to refugees@hhu.de or drop them off at the SSC during office hours. Also, fill out the online application below.

Incomplete documents will not be accepted!

    Online application
    ID 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 overview 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)

The university entrance qualification will only be examined for participation in the German course. This does not constitute a preliminary decision as to whether this qualification is sufficient for the specialist course of study you / the applicant are aiming for, so if you are applying for a specialist course of study, your university entrance qualification will be checked again.

Important: Neither the HZB nor the successful placement test guarantee you a place in the German course. You will find out whether you have a place a few weeks before the course starts.

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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 and 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 courses.


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