Offers for refugees at the FernUniversität
The FernUniversität would like to help refugees in Germany and support their integration. A degree through distance learning is flexible and mobile for people that are eligible to study. Under certain prerequisites one can enrol directly into a degree or initially enrol as a guest student and take individual courses (Akademiestudium).
Staff at the FernUniversität can give advice, verify overseas certificates and inform the refugees about essential German courses. All distance learning programmes at the university are in German!
All available offers from the FernUniversität are summarized on this website. This website will be supplemented further in the future.
The contact information can be found below.
The student counselling service advises the refugees and explains which prerequisites the FernUniversität has for enrolment and how a degree via distance learning works. They can also help with legal questions regarding enrolment. The consultation deals with how the degree programme is organized and financed. Refugees can also collect information themselves at the many regional student centres in Germany. This means that the FernUniversität still remains reachable if you move to another residence. Consultations are also available in English.
Contact details: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Telephone: +49 (0) 2331.987-2444, Address: Universitätsstraße 11, 58097 Hagen
You would like to know if your certificates make you eligible to enrol at the FernUniversität? The foreign student’s office can check your certificates and can help you further when you do not have your certificates with you because of your circumstances when you fled. For the verification of certificates we require the certificate in your native language and in English or German.
The verification is possible either via:
- Email email@example.com
- Post (Please write a letter and enclose the copies of your certificates. An example of the letter can be found here.)
- In person: Please make an appointment firstly and bring your certificates with you. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone: +49 (0) 2331.987-4888)
Studierendensekretariat/Studentisches Auslandsamt, Universitätsstr. 47 (Block B/Ground floor), 58095 Hagen
Opening times: Monday to Friday (8:00am until 3:00pm)
Learn German or improve your language ability. The FernUniversität offers in cooperation with the Volkshochschule Hagen German courses for refugees: one at level B1, one at level A2 and another one at level A1 (for new beginners and those who need to retake the beginners’ course). This knowledge helps at work, whilst shopping and in many other daily situations. At the end of the courses participants will be able to take an exam to gain an A1, A2 or B1 certificate. The next courses will start in November 2019.
These courses take place in Hagen (no distance learning available!).
Contact person for German courses
Consultation hours: every Tuesday 9:00 – 13:00 (or appointment by arrangement)
Tel.: +49 2331 987-2563 or
Please keep in mind: Level C1 is required for a bachelor or master programme! You can find further information here: Foreign Student's Office.
To quickly and easily classify language skills and to find the right language course refugees can take the free online language assessment test "onSet für Flüchtlinge" (onSet of refugees). With this test one can classifiy oneself in German and English from level A2-C1.
Access: On the website refugees.onset.de interested people can inform themselves about the test in German, English, French and Arabic.
The "TestAS für Flüchtlinge" (TestAS for refugees) is an assessment exam, which tests the general and professional competence to study. This helps refugees to start tertiary education or to continue their studies in Germany.
Access: The website refugees.testas.de provides information in German, English and Arabic about the testing procedure, its structure and preparation options.
The mentored open online course ‘Ready4Study’ has the goal of preparing young asylum seekers for university or apprenticeship. It is offered as a language course which includes information about Germany and the German education system. The participants are accompanied by online tutors.
+++ Online course completed / new edition intended +++
Ready4Study is an advanced educational training for refugees in Germany. This has been conceptualized on behalf of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit by the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für akademische Studienvorbereitung und Testentwicklung (g.a.s.t.) e.V. and the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt in collaboration with further institutional players from German universities and other education infrastructures (LMU München, DAAD, FernUniversität in Hagen).
The university library in Hagen offers refugees the possibility to use the computer workstations, search for books and magazine or use the Internet. In the library there are many international magazines and e-books in both the German and English language. There is also the possibility to have a guided tour of the library in English.
Opening times: Monday to Thursday from 9am until 7pm, Friday from 9am until 4pm, Saturday from 9am until 1pm.: Website from the university library, Contact: Mr. Stenert (email@example.com, Tel. +49 (0) 2331 987-4712).
Whoever would like to begin a programme at the FernUniversität can visit an event in Hagen or in another location throughout Germany. There is information offered as well as lectures and the possibility to speak with the staff from the FernUniversität. These information events are almost always offered in German. In Hagen we could offer events in English as required.
The FernUniversität offers refugees integration grants for the Winter Semester 2019/20. A scholarship includes paying the fees for one module of your choice or a bridging course and if applicable your student body contribution.
What criteria do you have to fulfill to be eligible for the integration scholarship?
- You have fled your home country and are registered in the Federal Republic of Germany with a corresponding residency status.
- You would like to start studying at the FernUniversität in the Winter Semester 2019/20 and will approach the FernUniversität Hagen for a consultation.
- You have a good / very good knowledge of German (level C1 [European reference framework for foreign languages] is necessary for the admission to a bachelor's or master's degree. For the admission as a guest student or for the enrolment into a bridging course, German level B1 / B2 is recommended).
- You cannot use any other funding for studying at the FernUniversität in Hagen.
Application deadline for all study programmes and guest students: The application deadline has now expired
Application documents for integration scholarship : application document[pdf, in German]
Application period for bridging courses: all year
As an integration scholarship holder you can participate in the OLS German language course to improve your German without having to pay fees. After an online placement test you are assigned to your level of ability and are able to learn German online.
The Online Linguistic Support Language Courses are offered by the European Commission and the DAAD .As a scholarship holder you receive free access to the OLS language courses through the University of Hagen.
What is an OLS-language course?
The abbreviation OLS stands for Online Linguistic Support. This German language support course is offered to refugees from levels A1 to C1.
How do I sign up for OLS Language Course?
The University of Hagen organises the applications for the OLS-language course. You will receive the password via email and follow the instructions [pdf, external link].
How does the language assessment take place?
You will take an online placement test. Based on the results you will be assigned to the appropriate language level.
How does an OLS-language course work?
In the excerpt from the OLS-course presentation, you can find an overview of the course.
OLS-presentation [pdf, external link]
Hagen United is the first football club in Germany that was founded especially for refugees. Twice a week the refugees from different countries meet with German players in Hagen. Soon the team will also participate in the local football league. Everyone who is interested in playing football or would like to come and watch is welcome. The FernUniversität supports Hagen United as a sponsor and provides sports equipment with the FernUniversität logo.
Training times at Hagen United: Monday and Wednesday from 6:30pm until 8pm, Sportplatz Waldlust in Hagen.
Contact: Bettina Hölzemann, Tel.: 02331.987-1716
Time: summer semester 2016 (May-June, Tuesdays, 5-7pm) + winter semester 2016/17
Place: FernUniversität in Hagen/regional centres
Summary: Since summer 2015 the refugee politics has been a constant theme in the European and German public sphere. The current "refugee crisis" comprises a controversial struggle to develop the best solutions for integration into the civil society. It is also a conflict about the collective self-image and public image on national and European levels. The concept of "crisis" relates to on the one hand to pragmatic challenges. On the contrary it can be understood as a figure of speech, stimulating the fears and uncertainties, but also hopes and public-spiritedness.
The interdisciplinary lecture series will examine further the different dimensions of the term "refugee crisis".
As a part of the Hagen research dialogue (http://www.fernuni-hagen.de/hagenerforschungsdialog/) this is directed towards a wider public and academic audience.