participants in the summer course
INTEGRA summer course "German as a foreign language" (GFL)
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Information for refugees

The University of Münster supports young refugees who wish to begin or continue studying in Germany. In addition to our central support services for students and academics, there are several student organisations and faculty events which address the needs of refugee students.

  • For students

    If you are a refugee and wish to begin or continue your studies at the University of Münster, we can help you. With various projects and funding programmes, we continually develop and expand our programmes for refugee students, e.g. university preparatory courses.

    Academic counselling

    If you wish to apply for admission to the University of Münster, we invite you to contact the International Office for an initial consultation on admission requirements and degree programmes.

    Astrid Burgbacher, Stephanie Müller
    International Office
    Room 204
    Schlossplatz, 3
    48149 Münster
    Contact form
    Tel: +49 251 83-22004
    Consultation hours: open office hours for refugees: Wednesdays from 2-4pm

    Please bring your school/university certificates with you if you have them.


    Students of the University and the University of Applied Sciences compiled important information concerning studying in Münster  in a leaflet in German language.

    Cover with map [de]
    Step 1: Allgemeine Informationen zum Studium [de] (General information)
    Step 2: Voraussetzungen für ein Studium [de] (Requirements)
    Step 3: Bewerbungsverfahren [de] (Application)
    Step 4: Studiums-Finanzierung / Rund um Münster [de] (Funding, Information about Münster)

    Language course support

    The University of Münster awards language course tuition waivers to prospective students who are preparing for university enrolment. Refugees, who meet the formal admission requirements, may apply to attend a German language course.

    You can receive more information at your initial consultation with Ms Burgbacher or Ms Müller at the International Office.

    General information and services for refugees

    The International Office / "Die Brücke" is the central contact office for offers for refugees at the University of Münster and provides information on  the DAAD programmes NRWege, INTEGRA and WELCOME.


    Dana Jacob
    International Office
    Die Brücke
    Room 103
    Wilmergasse, 2
    48143 Münster
    Tel: +49 251 83-22228

    Please make an appointment by e-mail or phone.

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  • For graduates and postdocs

    The University of Münster supports refugee post-graduate students who wish to enrol in a PhD or postdoc programme. We help refugee academics and researchers by providing advice and assistance with funding applications.

    Consultation for doctoral candidates

    Refugees, who wish to enrol in a PhD programme at the University of Münster, should arrange an appointment for an initial consultation with the Graduate Centre.

    Sabine Schneider
    Graduate Centre
    Room 103
    Schlossplatz, 6
    48149 Münster
    Tel: +49 251 83-23111
    Consultation hours: Mon 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    You can contact us in person during consultation hours or make an appointment by e-mail or phone.

    Consultation for researchers

    If you are a refugee academic and wish to get in contact with our academic staff at the University of Münster, we invite you to stop by the Welcome Centre at the International Office for an initial consultation.

    Maria Homeyer
    International Office
    Welcome Centre
    Hüfferstraße, 61
    48149 Münster
    Tel: +49 251 83-22600

    Please make an appointment by e-mail or phone.

  • Events and programmes

    The students and teaching staff at the University of Münster offer various programmes for refugees. The following is a selection:

    Offers during winter semester 2017/18

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    You are participating in  our German language course and would like to inform yourself about our study programmes? Our regular meeting with students from different departments will be the perfect opportunity. We are looking forward to welcoming you for questions and answers in relaxed atmosphere.

    By students for students

    Thursdays 14-16 o'clock
    first meeting: 19 Oct 2017

    Place: Room 106 at "Die Brücke", Wilmergasse 2

    Flyer [de]

    Offers during summer semester 2017

    Understanding Germany - A bird's eye view [de]

    Talks with students - discover the variety of the study programmes [de]

    Poster Understanding Germany
    © Thi Quynh-Nhu Tran


    Student project "Welcome Münster"

    Welcome Münster e.V. is a non-partisan, non-denominational student organisation at the University of Münster which makes it easier for refugees to adjust to life in Germany through intercultural exchange with students.

    Visit the "Welcome Münster" website [de]

    Welcome Dinner

    Münsteraner*innen kochen für Zugewanderte und laden sie für einen Abend in ihre eigenen vier Wände ein. Die Zuwanderer lernen das Leben in Münster kennen, die Gastgeber*innen stoßen auf andere Kulturen, Sitten und Sprachen.
    Weitere Infos gibt es hier [de]

    Studentische Flüchtlingsinitiative (StuFi)

    Die Studentische Flüchtlingsinitiative betreibt montags um 17:00-19:00 Uhr ein Flüchtlingscafé. im Paul-Gerhardt-Haus (Friedrichstr. 10, 48145 Münster). Ziel ist es, einen Raum zu bieten, in dem geflüchtete Menschen, Studenten und Gemeindemitglieder zusammenkommen.
    Weitere Infos gibt es hier [de]

    Flüchtlinge Willkommen

    Flüchtlinge Willkommen bringt seit 2014 Wohnraumgebende und geflüchtete Menschen zusammen um ein privates Zusammenleben zu initiiren.
    Die Münsterraner Gruppe trifft sich Montags 18 bis 20 Uhr in der Brücke, Wilmergasse 2, Raum 107
    Weiter Infos zur deutschlandweiten Initiative gibt es hier [de]