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Information for refugees


Starting university in a new country is often a challenge for refugees who have had to leave their countries for all kinds of reasons. On this page, Leibniz Universität Hannover provides key information about studying and the support services available at the university:

Note: Preparation courses for refugees WS 21/22

The L.S. Preparatory Foundation Course offers prep-courses for refugees in the winter semester 21/22. Information event: 13. September, 2 p.m.


Guest Auditors

Everyone who is interested in studying at Leibniz University, may enrol as a guest auditor to experience student life. After registering, you may attend courses of all nine faculties as well as language classes at the FSZ. Guest auditors are granted access to Campus WiFi and Stud.IP.

Courses for prospective students

All other courses for prospective students are, of course, also open to you. These can be found on the  Student Advice Office website. Orientation courses are usually free of charge. If, however, fees happen to be charged, feel free to contact us.


The aim of Schnupperstudium is to enable you to spontaneously attend seminars and lectures free of charge to get an impression of everyday university life. Without registration, seminars and lectures in all kinds of subjects can be attended spontaneously.

University Sport

Guest students are welcome to take part in the university sports for free.


  • Master’s Studies

    You can find information about the application process, application deadlines and evidence of language proficiency here.

  • Bachelor’s Studies

    If you’re interested in embarking on a Bachelor degree, please first read the information for prospective foreign students from countries outside the EU. This information contains details about the application process, important deadlines and language skills. You cannot apply directly for a place on a Bachelor’s degree programme at Leibniz University Hannover. All applications are made via uni-assist. Guidelines are available in German, in Arabic and in English language. Our student assistants in the ServiceCenter will gladly assist you with your application.

  • German Language Skills

    German language skills must be proven for almost all study programmes in Germany. German language skills are also very helpful when studying an English-language degree programme, as the administration of the university is mostly executed in German language. You can find providers of German courses in Hannover here.

  • Maths Skills

    Starting in April, the Institute of Algebra, Number Theory and Discrete Mathematics offers preparation courses in mathematics. The courses are designed to renew the knowledge that prospective students gained at school or previous studies in their home countries.

Loss of Credentials

If you are no longer in possession of your school certificates or university documents, the options available to you for accessing higher education will be clarified individually on a case-by-case basis. In the case of lost credentials, please either directly contact Ludolf von Dassel, the student advisory services or the admission office in our ServiceCenter.

Initial important information about accessing higher education without documents can be found on the study in lower saxony website.


A semester fee is charged each semester for studying at Leibniz Universität Hannover.
Hannover Student Services awards refugees, amongst others, a grant to cover the semester fee (under "Funding"), and advises international students on issues concerning financing university and finding accommodation.

The Bildungsberatung Garantiefonds Hochschule JMD and the church development service (KED) also provide information about financial issues, and may be able to provide financial support.

"Bread for the World" and the Heinrich Böll Foundation offer scholarships for students with a refugee background, to which you can apply BEFORE the beginning of your studies. The German Academic Exchange Service offers a scholarship that is only accessible through being nominated by an german-based institution. Further scholarships can be found at

Information sheet on scholarships for refugees
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Ludolf von Dassel
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover