Information for refugees

Refugees

Information for students with a refugee background

Refugees who want to start or continue their studies at the TH OWL are very welcome! We advise you individually on your questions.

Requirements for the study

As a refugee, you can basically study at TH OWL, even if your asylum procedure has not yet been completed.

Qualifications

In order to study, you usually need an educational qualification with which you can also study in your home country. You can prove this qualification with a certificate.

If your educational qualification is not yet sufficient to study at TH OWL, you have the option of taking an assessment test at a preparatory college, catching up on your A-Level or qualifying yourself professionally for a degree and then studying. We advise you on this.

Would you like to find out for yourself whether you have the qualification to start studying in Germany? Use the information offered by the DAAD to find out the specific application requirements for your country of origin.

In addition, further qualifications, such as an internship, may be required for studying at TH OWL.

Review of your records

The TH OWL tries to give refugee prospective students access to the course as quickly as possible, taking into account the different educational backgrounds and the current language level.

Depending on whether direct university admission is already possible according to your diploma or you have to complete a preparatory year at a preparatory college, we will be happy to advise you individually.
To do this, we will check your documents in advance and see to what extent enrollment at the TH OWL is already possible. So this depends on the level of education and language.

In order to be able to check your ability to study, we need the following documents:

  • Tabular CV
  • Translation of the school certificate or degree
  • Current language certificate or confirmation of participation in a language course
  • Residential status
Financing

Scholarships for refugees

Information on scholarships for refugees is currently being updated.

BaföG to support students

As a recognized refugee, you can apply for BAföG in Germany.

BAföG is a grant that the German state grants to students if you or your parents cannot cover the costs of studying. You can receive up to € 853 per month for your living and study costs. After completing your studies, you will pay back 50% of the funding you received to the German state, up to a maximum of € 10,000.

You can find more information about the BAföG application at

German courses

The International Office of the TH OWL offers German courses for study preparation and support during studies, which are funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia (MKW) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

For more information on the german courses

Consultation

Consultation on studying

Benjamin Hans
Phone: +49 (0) 5261 - 702 5760
E-Mail: benjamin.hans(at)th-owl.de
Office hours (online): by arrangement
Room (Webex): https://th-owl.webex.com/join/benjamin.hans

Career consultation

Ananya Nagendran
Phone: +49 (0) 5261 - 702 5821
E-Mail: ananya.nagendran(at)th-owl.de
Office hours (online): by arrangement
Room (Webex): https://th-owl.webex.com/meet/ananya.nagendran

Consultation by students

Lemgo
Qutaiba Al Mousa
Phone: +49 (0) 5261 - 702 5304
E-Mail: qutaiba.al(at)stud.th-owl.de
Office hours (online): Tuesday, 10.00 - 12.00
Raum (Webex): https://th-owl.webex.com/join/qutaiba.al

Detmold
Mohamad Sharabati
Phone: +49 (0) 5261 - 702 5195
E-Mail: mohamad.sharabati(at)stud.th-owl.de
Office hours: Monday, 11.30 - 13.30
Room (Webex): https://th-owl.webex.com/join/mohamad.sharabati

Höxter
Irem Yavuz
Phone: +49 (0) 5261 - 702 5460
E-Mail: irem.yavuz(at)stud.th-owl.de
Office hours (online): Thursday, 09.00-11.00
Room (Webex): https://th-owl.webex.com/join/irem.yavuz

Useful links

There are also helpful support offers for refugees outside of the university.

Integration projects at TH OWL

In order to provide refugees with the best possible support in starting or continuing their studies and in transitioning into professional life, the OWL University of Applied Sciences began developing an integration project in 2015 that is constantly being developed and adapted to current conditions. The project has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MKW) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) since 2017.

The integration project includes the following measures to support refugees:

INTEGRA

The INTEGRA integration project aims to integrate refugee students into their studies and to prepare them for entry into the labour market. At TH OWL, the Career Services IO division has been created in the International Offices as part of INTEGRA since January 2021. The offers of the Career Services IO focus on the support and preparation of refugee and international students for their professional entry after completing their studies. In addition to individual advice on career planning, students are also offered workshops on professional and career-oriented topics.

This project is funded by the BMBF in cooperation with the DAAD.

For more information on Career Services IO

NRWEGE 2020

Information is currently being updated.

NRWEGE Leuchttürme - QualifyING

The QualifyING project is a cooperation project between the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences and the TH OWL. In a one-year program, engineers with a refugee background who have completed their studies in their home country are given additional qualifications at universities and partner companies. The aim is as comprehensive a theoretical and practical preparation as possible for the German job market and the acquisition of a certificate awarded by the universities.

The project is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science (MKW) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

For more information on QualifyING

Welcome

Information is currently being updated.

Useful Links

Adresses / links in general
  • Accommodation

http://www.wohnen-owl.de/index.html

https://www.study-in-germany.de/de/aufenthalt-planen/wohnen/wohnung-finden_26611.php

Here you will find a large selection of apartments on offer in East Westphalia-Lippe.

  • Studierendenwerk Bielefeld (Bafög)

http://www.studierendenwerk-bielefeld.de/bafoeg/der-bafoeg-antrag.html

Bafög applications from TH OWL students are processed at the Studierendenwerk Bielefeld.

  • Studying in NRW

https://mkw.nrw/hochschule-und-forschung/studium-und-lehre

The Ministry of Culture and Science provides all the important information and facts about studying in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia on this page.

  • DAAD: Studying in Germany

https://www.study-in-germany.de/fluechtlinge/

The DAAD has put together important information for students with a refugee background on this page.

  • Handbook Germany

 https://handbookgermany.de/de.html

The Handbook Germany provides answers from A-Z to life in Germany with videos and texts.

  • Ankommen

https://ankommenapp.de/APP/DE/Startseite/startseite-node.html

On this page you will find the latest information about life in Germany.

Addresses / links in Höxter
  • Integreat App

https://integreat.app/kreishoexter/de

The “Integreat App” provides helpful information and contact details for important contact persons in the Höxter district.

  • Welcome Café

https://www.facebook.com/WelcomeHx/?ref=page_internal

The Welcome Café is a meeting place for volunteers and refugees in Höxter. Joint meetings take place here and everyday questions can be clarified together.

  • Ausländerbehörde Kreishaus Höxter

https://www.kreis-hoexter.de/service-kontakt/buergerservice/dienstleistungen/664.Dienstleistungen.html?detID=244

The immigration office is located in the district building and takes care of various services. For example, the residence permit can be extended there.

  • Re-register the apartment

https://www.hoexter.de/buergerservice/dienstleistungen/ummeldung-wohnungswechsel--900000041-0.html?myMedium=1

After moving, the new place of residence must be registered with the citizen service in the city.

  • Jobcenter Höxter

http://www.jobcenter-kreis-hoexter.de/

In the job center, the income can be clarified before receiving Bafög.

Addresses / links in Detmold
  • Jobcenter Lippe

https://www.jobcenter-lippe.de

In the Jobcenter, the income can be clarified before receiving Bafög.

  • Ausländerbehörde Stadt Detmold

http://www.integration-detmold.de/beratung/auslaenderbehoerde

The immigration office, which takes care of various services, is located on Wittekindstrasse in Detmold. For example, the residence permit can be extended there.

  • Ausländerbehörde Kreis Lippe

https://www.kreis-lippe.de/kreis-lippe/verwaltung-und-service/buergerservice/kreisverwaltung/auslaenderbehoerde.php

The immigration office is located in the district building and takes care of various services. For example, the residence permit can be extended there.

  • Consultation in Detmold

https://www.detmold.de

http://www.integration-detmold.de/beratung

The city of Detmold offers general advice for any problem.

  • Re-register the apartment

https://www.detmold.de/startseite/politik-und-rathaus-in-detmold/rathaus/dienstleistungen-a-z/?no_cache=1&tx_citkoegovservicelight_dienstleistungen%5Baction%5D=show&tx_citkoegovservicelight_dienstleistungen%5Bdienstleistungen%5D=6&cHash=2c13eb1bdc3e532953ba693264bef673

After moving, the new place of residence must be registered with the citizen service in the city.

  • netzwerk-lippe

https://www.netzwerk-lippe.de/

The Netzwerk-Lippe offers help with finding an internship and writing applications.

Addresses / links in Lemgo
  • Bürgeramt

https://www.buergerserviceportal.nrw/krz/lemgo

After moving, the new place of residence must be registered with the citizen service in the city.

  • Mehrgenerationenhaus Lemgo

https://mehrgenerationenhaus-lemgo.de/hilfe/

The Mehrgenerationenhaus is a meeting place and offers refugee aid.

  • Friedensbüro

http://friedensbüro.de/begegnung/

The Friedensbüro offers:

  • Support in establishing contact with the home country through the Internet, e-mail, fax, telephone and letter
  • Open meeting for the unemployed
  • With the project "Help for self-help"
  • Consultant exchange café
  • Open meeting point

 

  • Jobcenter Lemgo

https://www.jobcenter-lippe.de/standorte.html

In the service office of the Jobcenter in Lemgo, financial matters can be clarified before receiving Bafög.