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Refugees at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Auditor programme and information for refugees interested in studying

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena offers a special auditor programme giving refugees the opportunity to study, to prepare for a regular study programme or to individually obtain further academic qualifications. During each consultation, we discuss your requirements and aims. In each support programme, we further your integration into the University and the student life. Many members of the University have been volunteering in this service for many years. On this page you can learn more about the numerous activities and services available.

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If you would like to participate in the auditor programme for refugees in winter semester 2018/19 (Flyer German/English [pdf 871KB]; Arabic [pdf 235KB]), please apply HERE between 15 August and 10 September 2018 at the very latest.

Please note: In case you are a new applicant you do need a "Beratungsschein" (Applicant´s Consultation Certificate of the International Office) to complete your application. You may receive it from Ms Dwars (International Office, Fürstengraben 1, room 0.17) on 4 September (Arabic translation is possible) or on 6 September 10:00-12:00 or 13:30-15:00 after a consultation and document evaluation on your study plans with her. Please bring all your school leaving and university diplomas with you.

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Auditor programme for refugees Show content

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena offers refugees wishing to study a free auditor programme. Participants of this programme can attend German lessons in the Language Centre and courses for the subsequent field of study at various faculties. You can sit examinations in language courses only. Anyone wishing to apply for the auditor programme for refugees should have sufficient time and interest in a field of study offered at the University. In addition, you must meet the following requirements and provide relevant proof on application:

  • status as a refugee or asylum seeker
  • German proficiency at least level A1
  • direct or indirect secondary school leaving certificate (proof by advice slip; see Routes into study above).

More information on the admission requirements and contents can be found in the current flyer [pdf 871KB].

Please note: If you would like to participate in the auditor programme, you must re-apply every semester. Our online application form

  • for the summer semester (lecture period from beginning of April to beginning of July) is available online from mid-February to 10 March HERE. After this time, no applications are possible.
  • for the winter semester (lecture period from mid-October to beginning of February) is available online from mid-August to 10 September HERE. After 10 September, no applications are possible.

The specialist auditor programme (lectures and language courses) will be supplemented by a weekly supporting programme with social, cultural, and other events to prepare for a regular study programme. These will be organized and supported by students of the University Jena and accompanied by our volunteer buddies. The current programme and further information can be found in the next section

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Mentors. In addition to the staff of the International Office (see “Contact”), support is also provided by our volunteer  mentors of the International Office when starting the auditor programme for refugees or at the beginning of a regular study programme at University. You can register as a mentor here. Under “Comments” please note if you would like to support refugees having an interest in their/your field of study.

Intercultural Café in the Haus auf der Mauer (”Oberlichtsaal”) welcomes you every last Thursday of the month from 16:00 to 18:00.

Support programme: current programme [pdf 215KB] and the archive 2017 [pdf 2MB]

Activities at the University Jena Show content

Members of the University Jena have been volunteering for refugees for several months. Thank you very much to all of you! Here is a list of their volunteer activities [pdf 85KB] [pdf 85KB]. New campaigners are welcome to join any of these initiatives. If you want to get involved, refer to the information on Welcome to Jena and on social networks.

At the University, there are numerous events and scientific projects dealing with refugees, migration, integration, demography, labour market, intercultural labour, and politics.

Funding programme Integra for refugees (for DSH preparatory course) Show content

Funding programme Integra for refugees in the preparatory course for the German Language Test for Admission to Higher Education (DSH)

Important information!

The following information is only valid provided that the Friedrich Schiller University Jena will be granted funding by the funding programme Integra of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). This information was issued on 11 October 2018. Up to that day, the University had not been informed whether it was going to be funded by DAAD in the summer semester 2019 and the winter semester 2019/2020.

Who can apply for the programme?

How do I apply?

What happens after my application?

Who can apply for the programme?

If you:

  • want to apply for the preparatory course (DSH) in the summer semester 2019 and
  • have a status of a refugee and
  • want to study at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena,

you may apply for a grant in the funding programme Integra.

Benefits

  • course fees for the preparatory course
  • fee for the student card thoska

How do I apply?

General requirements
These are the same as the general and language requirements for the application for the DSH-preparatory course.

1) Your proficiency in German must be at least at the level B2.

2) You must aim for a study place in one of the study programmes at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (no external study programmes).

Additional supporting documents
In addition to the required application documents, please upload the following additional supporting documents to the online application portal

  • a proof of status as a refugee (e.g. residence permit, tolerated stay or similar valid by at least 15 July 2019)
  • a proof of residence in the Free State of Thuringia
  • a language certificate for German at the level B2 (e.g. telc, Goethe-Zertifikat B2, TestDaF with the results 2x4, 2x3 or more, FSU Language Centre)
  • a complete application for a grant in the funding programme Integra [pdf 321KB]
  • the confirmation [pdf 96KB] that you are bound to the regular participation in the preparatory course (DSH) and that you have not passed the examinations DSH 2 or C1 telc Hochschule, yet.

We may only consider your application for the grant in the funding programme Integra complete and process it if you upload all documents listed above. Otherwise, you will receive the admission documents for self-payers only.

What happens after my application?

If you meet all requirements for the participation in the funding programme Integra, you will receive an invitation for the DSH placement test for the summer semester 2019. You will then be required to pay €200. The results of the placement test are required for the participation in the funding programme Integra.

  • If you pass the placement test and are among top 13 applicants for the funding programme, the University will cover all your course fees by the funds from the funding programme Integra. Your advance payment of €200 will be returned to you, too. The fee for the student card thoska, including the semester ticket, will also be paid by the funding programme Integra.
  • If you pass the placement test, however, are not among top 13 applicants for the funding programme, you may participate in the preparatory course (DSH) provided you pay the fees on your own. In the latter case, you must transfer the rest amount of €650 and the thoska fee amounting to (expectedly) €222 on the day on which the results of the placement test are issued.
  • If you do not pass the placement test, you cannot participate in the preparatory course. In this case, you can consult us for possible alternatives.

If you do not meet the requirements for the participation in the funding programme Integra and you receive an admission to the preparatory (DSH) - and you did pay €200 in advance, you may participate in the placement test for the preparatory course provided you pay it on your own.

Please also note the information in your letter of admission.

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The free support programme for refugees and auditor programme for refugees at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena are financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from the funds of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The funds from the WELCOME programme are used for students who advise and support refugees at the University, and organize and manage an integration programme. Language courses for refugees who are eligible to study, are financed by the INTEGRA programme. 

Contact

Coordination of the auditor programme for refugees. Britta Möbius
Internationales Centrum (Haus auf der Mauer), Room 1.7 (Internationales Büro)
Am Johannisplatz 26
07743 Jena
Phone
+49 3641 9-31148
Fax
+49 3641 9-31147
Opening hours:
Office hours see below
Postal address:
Internationales Büro
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Germany
Notice
For office hours of Ms Möbius (auditor programme for refugees) and Ms Dwars (academic advisory service) can be found in the section International Students.
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