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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 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


The program includes the following modules:

  • 20 course units of German classes per week starting at the B1+ level (DSH preparation)
  • Approximately four 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 are interested in the program and if you fulfill the eligibility requirements, please submit your application documents, including the contact form via email to [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]

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 Documents

  • Completed contact form
  • Copy of your passport or other ID document constituting official proof of your refugee status
  • Proof of language proficiency (copy) 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.

Counseling and Contact

Marina Kohl
Academic counseling for refugees
Phone: +49 228 73-5948

Email: [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]

Office hours
By appointment

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.


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