Important information on entry and residence for people fleeing Ukraine
The Russian invasion of Ukraine forces many people to flee Ukraine. Here you will find information on the situation at the borders and on entering/staying in Germany for Ukrainian citizens and people of other nationalities who have lived in Ukraine. Ukrainians already in Germany can also find reliable and up-to-date information here.
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Looking for counselling by phone? Then call the Particip.ai hotline. The staff speak Ukrainian, Russian and English and will provide you with all the essential information free of charge. You can reach the hotline Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on 0800 5052400. The call is free.
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If you have a residence permit according to Section 24 of the Residence Act (AufenthG), you can study or do an apprenticeship.
If you cannot obtain a residence permit according to §24, you can try to get a visa for vocational training or a student visa. You can find out more in our “Vocational Training Visa” and “Student Visa” chapters.
You can find out more about this in our "Learn" category.
Special rules apply to asylum seekers or people with toleration. You can find out more about this in the relevant parts in our "Learn" category.
Starting June 1st, 2022, people with a residence permit according to Section 24 of the Residency Act or a corresponding “Fiktionsbescheinigung” plus registration with the Ausländerzentralregister (AZR) can receive BAföG. BAföG is a state student finance program. You can find out more about this in our chapter “BAföG”.
At the Conference of Ministers of Education on April 20, 2022, it was decided that Ukrainian students who were unable to graduate from school because of the war should be able to study in Germany. The Ukrainian students have to apply to their chosen university's preparatory course ("Studienkolleg"). There, you will prepare for your university education in Germany. For admission to a preparatory course, you must prove that you attended the 11th grade in Ukraine.
The students who cannot provide proof of their degrees must first go through a three-stage plausibility check. In this process, the validity of your information will be checked. First, your residence status will be checked. Then they try to verify whether you attended school in Ukraine. You can prove you had, for instance, by presenting certified copies of your original educational documents. At the end, there is an examination including major school subjects, which you have to pass.
You can reach out to the Youth Migration Service for support.
Both Germany and Ukraine are members of the Bologna Process. Your academic achievements from Ukraine will therefore be recognized in Germany. Whether you get a place at university is decided by the universities themselves. You can also get advice there. For more English information on studying, please read our "University System" and "Higher Education" chapters.
You can continue your studies even if you have not yet completed your first year of study in Ukraine, as decided by the Conference of Ministers of Education on April 20, 2022. You do not have to take an entrance exam. As a rule, however, you will have to prove that you have the appropriate language skills.
The students who cannot provide proof of their academic achievements must first go through a three-stage plausibility check. In the process, the validity of the information you have provided will be checked. First, your residence status will be checked. Then they try to verify whether you have attended school and university in Ukraine. You can prove you have, for instance, by presenting certified copies of your original educational documents. At the end, you have to pass an aptitude test.
You can reach out to the Youth Migration Service for support.
Important: Most university programs in Germany are in German. But there are also programs in English. On erudera.com, you can search for suitable programs in the desired language.
In our chapters "University System" and "University Education" you will find all the essential information you need about studying in Germany. In our chapter "University Application" you can learn how to apply for a place in a university.
Many universities and colleges are currently considering developing special programs for students from Ukraine. Inquire at local colleges and universities for more information.
The German universities’ Initiative can help you find a place at university. The initiative arranges places to study in the following areas: engineering, computer science, management, business administration, social work and nursing. They also try to provide support in the search for other fields of study. In order to get help, you must meet certain requirements, e.g., speak German at level B2. You can find further information at support.uastudents.de, and also use the form to contact the initiative.
On hr-intgrate.com, you will find mentors who will help you find a place at university.
The educational counselling service GF-H provides counselling for refugees from Ukraine who would like to start or continue their studies in Germany. There, you will also receive information about the recognition of your academic certificates. The consultation is free. The employees speak German.
You can find support opportunities from German universities and foundations for students and scientists from Ukraine on daad.de.
Alternatively, you can find a list of foundations offering support to students and researchers from Ukraine on stiftungen.org.
In many cities in Germany, student unions (“Studentenwerk”) support students from Ukraine financially and help them overcome everyday problems. For instance, they can help you with finding accommodation and psychological support.
The National Academic Contact Point (DAAD) - Nationale Akademische Kontaktstelle (DAAD)-provides you with advice on the telephone on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the topics of "Studying in Germany" and "Research and teaching in Germany". Their service is available in Ukrainian, German and English. You can reach the staff on the number: 08002654002. The counselling and the call are free of charge.
At haushofer.ne, students from Ukraine can find a form that they can fill out. A group of professors will then try to place you at German universities so that you can continue your studies there.
You can apply for a scholarship at the private IU International University on iu.org. Prerequisite: you have Ukrainian citizenship or a Ukrainian residence permit.
You can find a list of various programs worldwide that are currently available for Ukrainian scholars in the document "Ukrainian Scholar Placement Database".
You can find important links for scientists from Ukraine on ndfi.de.
See Academics - Funding for a list of funding opportunities for researchers in a variety of disciplines.
On scienceforukraine, you will find an English-language map with support offers for refugee students and scientists from Ukraine.
On Labs supporting Ukrainian Scientists, you will find a list of worldwide support offers for refugee researchers and bachelor's or master's students from Ukraine.
At Resources for scholars in danger, you will find a list of organizations that support Ukrainian researchers and students. There you will also find a list of laboratories that would like to support Ukrainian scientists. You can contact the organizations listed directly by email.
On uahelp.wiki/uni, you will find many German universities that offer support to students and academics who have fled Ukraine.