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The Ulm University of Applied Sciences offers opportunities for further education

​As a matter of principle, recognised refugees have (if the admissions requirements are fulfilled) access to the study places of the regionally limited degree programmes – as part of the legal quota for foreign citizens and stateless people. Furthermore, you have the option of enrolling as a guest student.However, this can only be recommended if you have sufficient knowledge of the German language. 

Most of the degree courses at the Ulm University of Applied Sciences take place in German.
Therefore, to be accepted on to a degree programme, you need to have good knowledge of the German language.
The following degree programmes are taught entirely in English:

Requirements for an application

Before you can start a degree program with us at the Ulm University of Applied Sciences, your school/university certificates must first be recognised by the German education system. Therefore, please contact the "Studienkolleg" in Konstanz first, to get your foreign certificates recognised. There your documents will be checked to see if you fulfil the requirements for studying at a University of Applied Sciences in Baden-Württemberg and your school grades will be converted into German education system grades.
Your certificate of proficiency in German will also be checked and, if necessary, recognised there. If you are interested in the degree programme Computer Science, please send your application documents (officially certified copies) to the Students' Service Centre (SSC) by June 1.

Language courses

A good knowledge of German is essential for studying in the German higher education system. Therefore, the Universities of Applied Sciences in Ulm and Neu-Ulm are cooperating to offer a "German language course to prepare refugees for studying". For six months, five mornings a week, the participants are trained in the language skills required for university studies. Close of applications is May 10. Prerequisites and ways to apply can be found in the flyer. This course is also specifically aimed at those people who have not quite yet attained the language level B1 and/or have the residence status "Duldung" (tolerated). The city of Ulm also offers numerous language courses .


The Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) awards scholarship grants to university graduates who are refugees in Germany. The prerequisites for the award are above-average degree or Masters qualifications and good German or English language skills. The scholarship students will spend six to twelve months carrying out research and undergoing training at German research institutes, environmental protection and conservation agencies or companies, in order to gather experiences in the diverse fields of environmental protection and, eventually, to implement them in their home countries. The scholarship students start in November with a four-week induction in Osnabrück, which includes an intensive German language course, excursions and a cultural programme. Those interested can apply online before July 20, 2016, in either German or English, for one of a total of ten new scholarships. You can find out more about the prerequisites and ways to apply from the flyer or on the DBU website.

Contacts at the Ulm University of Applied Sciences

We are happy to inform and advise you about the study options for refugees at the Ulm University of Applied Sciences. For general advice on studying at the Ulm University of Applied Sciences, please contact the Student Advisory Service in the Career Centre (CC); Dr. Klaus Häberle or the CC secretary, Frau Tress
For questions about applying for a Bachelor's degree programme at the Ulm University of Applied Sciences, please contact the Students' Service Centre (SSC).
Please contact the Graduate School (GS) for questions about applying for a Master's degree programme at the Ulm University of Applied Sciences. 

Further information

Students' Service Centre
Room: E07
Prittwitzstrasse 10
89075 Ulm
Fon: +49 (0)731 50-28025
Mo.,Tu. and Th. 9am-4pm
We. and Fr. 9am-11am
and by arrangement