Information for refugees

The zfh coordinates distance learning programmes for Universities of Applied Sciences in the Federal States of Rheinland-Pfalz, Hessen and the Saarland. Currently we do not provide special distance learning programmes for refugees yet but corresponding programmes are being prepared.

Until then, we would like to give you an idea about further qualification and the possibility of studies in Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and the Saarland. In addition we have also put together a few tips for your research and related links for further information.

In terms of study opportunities in Rhineland-Palatinate and how to begin a study or how to continue an already begun study, please check:

Hessen has set up an own information website:

The University of Technology and Economics of the Saarland (HTW) has created a free app with the project DaFür (German as a foreign language for integration) that will help you extend your vocabulary in self-study: 


Studying in Germany

Information on studying and living in Germany in 7 different languages:


For those who want to improve their language skills or for those who want to receive a language certificate that is required at a university, will find information on the following websites. These supra-regional information websites will also help in terms of study preparation and choice of study. 

The following internet platforms are suitable to prepare for a study:


The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will subsidize the fees for Uni Assist’s admission test:

Refugees can take the admission test for free in the future and submit their applications for study programs. The fees for the test for Academic Studies, TestAs and for the test procedure will be funded by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD ). The test procedure should clarify if the respective refugee stands a chance of entering a university, stated the BMBF.

Further informations: BMBF


Funding opportunities

The Federal State of Hessen offers scholarships for highly qualified refugees. For more information and the general conditions of eligibility please visit:


BAföG (German Federal Assistance Act) for refugees

Recognised refugees (recognised asylum seekers, refugees who have been awarded refugee status and/or subsidiary protection under Section 8 Para. 2 No. 1 of the Federal Law on Support in Education, (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz, BAföG)) can apply for BAföG, regardless of how long they have been in Germany. For further information see:

The same applies to tolerated persons and holders of certain humanitarian residence permits who have been in Germany for 15 months uninterruptedly (Voraufenthalt).

Asylum seekers whose asylum applications are still pending cannot apply for BAföG. They will receive support under the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act (Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz AsylbLG). They will have the right to work after three months, but only after a priority examination (Vorrangprüfung) has been conducted.



For more informations you can ask:

Lina Böhlke

 +49 261 91538-20