Academic Integration for Refugees

The Academic Integration Program for Refugees (“Förderung der Integration in das Studium”) seeks to prepare refugees to enroll in a degree program at the University of Bonn and provide them with an introduction to the academic environment of a German university.

The Program


The FdIS program largely consists of an intensive, advanced level German language course. Participants are also permitted to attend courses in selected areas of study offered by those disciplines involved in organizing the program (with the exception of medicine, dentistry or pharmacy). Participation in this program does not require confirmed eligibility to study at the university.

Participants in these courses will be permitted to sit course examinations, the results of which will be credited after formal enrolment into the relevant degree program. Participation in this program does not however, constitute a guarantee of later enrolment.

The program is free of charge for refugees.


FdIS participants will attend 24 course units per week over 14 weeks (the language course runs for 18 weeks). The course commences at the start of university semester. Applicants will take a language skills test and will be assigned to the appropriate language level according to its results. Registration for the program requires that the participants sign a declaration of commitment with the aims of ensuring regular and full participation in the program modules.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to apply for the program, refugees interested in studying must meet the following conditions:

  • German-language proficiency on B1 level (completed course e.g. Goethe-Zertifikat Deutsch B1 or telc Deutsch B1, both with at least 75%)
  • Valid registration with the authorities in the City of Bonn or the Bonn area (i.e. the Rhein-Sieg district)
  • A residence permit confirming refugee status and valid to a minimum of 6 months after the start of the program
  • entrance qualification for higher education


The program includes the following modules:

  • 20 course units of German classes per week starting at the B1+ level 
  • Approximately 4 course units per week participation in university courses selected in consultation with the department
  • Intercultural training
  • Academic counseling
  • Events of the current program for international students supporting integration into the study environment
  • Voluntary attendance to the “Lerncafé”


If you fulfill the participation requirements and wish to apply for the program, you will find here important information on the application procedure and necessary documents. 

Application Procedure

If you are interested in the program and if you fulfill the eligibility requirements, please submit your application documents, through the application form (in German). 

If you have any questions contac us via email at

After receiving your application documents we will contact you and send further information about the program and/or an invitation to a counseling meeting. The application documents will be checked in cooperation with the German as a Foreign Language section.

Application deadlines

Summer semester 2023: January 31, 2023

Winter semester 2023/24: August 10, 2023

Application Documents

To apply for the program, pleas send us the following documents:

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of your passport or other ID document constituting official proof of your refugee status
  • Copy of proof of language proficiency B1 and higher
  • Copy of your registration certificate from the City of Bonn / Rhein-Sieg disctrict
  • Copy of your university entrance qualification. If these cannot be submitted, then proofs of periods of study at an institution of higher education or other documents, e.g. school leaving certificate etc.


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Marina Kohl-Wagner

Academic counseling for refugees


Poppelsdorfer Allee 53

53115 Bonn (Germany)

+49 228 73-5948

Office Hours

  • by appointment

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This project is supported by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) with funding from the Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung and the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Further information

DSH Preparatory Courses

Information on the DSH Preparatory courses can be found on the website “Learning German”.

Learn more

Intercultural Trainings

Informationen on Intercualtural Trainings can be found on the website “Certificate of Intercultural Competence”.

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