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Application for Degree Programs & Financing Your Studies

Before applying you should find out what degree program suits your interests best. On the website of the Student Advisory Service at TU Dortmund University, you will find a list of all degree programs offered at this university:


In case you are looking for a degree program which is not offered here or a specific location for your studies in Germany please have a look at this website:



If you decided to study at TU Dortmund University you can apply for a Bachelor’s degree (first semester) via uni-assist. In order to apply for admission with advanced standing, i.e. a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program in an advanced semester, you have to fill out an online application on the website of the International Office.

Please inform yourself about the deadlines and the application procedure for international students here:


If you have any questions, please contact the International Office via their contact form.



Ways of financing your studies: BAföG and other possibilities for grants & scholarships

When applying for a degree program you should already think about ways of financing your studies. After the enrollment, you will not receive any further payments from the Jobenter.

Instead, you can apply for BAföG in order to receive governmental subsidies. In case you have any questions concerning BAföG, please contact the BaföG-Amt of the Studierendenwerk Dortmund directly (Studierendenwerk Dortmund, Amt für Ausbildungsförderung, Vogelpothsweg 85).

You can find further information about financial support on the following website:

Beside governmental subsidies, there are numerous scholarship programs for refugees. You can find an overview of those programs on this website. Please inform yourself about the deadlines of the various programs and their requirements.

You can also have a look at this website www.stipendiumplus.de which offers a lot of information on different scholarships.



Avicenna Foundation

The support for Muslim students is central to the Avicenna Foundation. The scholarship involves both financial and non-material assistance in the form of educational events that focus on the exchange with other recipients, the development of own initiatives, the discussion of current topics, and the contention with the scholars’ faith. Applicants may not be German or European, however, they are required to have earned their Higher Education Entrance Qualification either in Germany or at a German school abroad. Additionally, prospects need to be enrolled as a student for at least 5 more semesters.



Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service

The Protestant organization “Brot für die Welt - Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung” supports refugees who aim to continue or begin an academic career in Germany and do not qualify for other financial grants such as BAföG. Applicants may not be older than 35 years and have to select a developmental focus of their academic career. They also have to present a residence permit. Additionally, applicants must be known in the Protestant student community for at least three months and ideally have already become involved in it. The studies along with preparatory events such as language courses are subsidized. Scholars have to participate in associated events and are required to show developmental commitment.


Deutsche Universitätsstiftung – „Welcome“

The scholarship “Welcome” offered by Deutsche Universitätsstiftung is targeted at undergraduate students who live in Germany and come from refugee areas. The scholarship includes finding a mentor for the student, seminars designed to develop key competences, the opportunity to participate in academic events, and a yearly funding for school books. Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students at a German university and need to provide proof of adequate German language proficiency (at least level C1).




The Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) offers its scholars material funding, a versatile educational program as well as individual counseling and support. Selectors pay particular attention to the professional qualification, civic engagement, and social background of the applicants. Applications are open for undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students. Refugees who either have an established residence status and / or who can claim BAföG are eligible for the scholarship. German language proficiency must be at least at B1/B2 level. Additionally, applicants must have a confirmation of admission or a certificate of enrollment at a state or state-recognized German university and must provide course assessments from their studies to date in Germany or abroad (does not apply for doctoral candidates).




The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to approximately 1,200 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students of all subjects and nationalities per year, who are, aside from their academic achievements, characterized by their social and political involvement and their active interest in the basic values of the foundation: ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. The foundation offers both financial support and a comprehensive program of events. All refugees who wish to start or continue their studies in Germany are welcome to apply. A proof of German language proficiency (at least level B2) is required.



Konrad Adenauer Foundation

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation supports undergraduate (Bachelor’s), graduate (Master’s) and postgraduate (Ph.D.) students. The scholarship is designed to help the recipients to prepare for their future careers in the public and the private sector, especially in academia, state institutions and international organizations, civic society, media or in the cultural sphere. Benefits provided by the foundation include: monthly financial support, a wide range of seminars, career counseling, and access to an extended network of fellow scholarship holders and alumni. Prospects may apply if they are either recognized refugees (i.e. as entitled to asylum, granted refugee status or subsidiary protection) or if they are a “tolerated” refugee or a holder of a specific humanitarian residence permit (only eligible for the program within the first 15 months since the asylum application in Germany).



Otto Benecke Foundation

The scholarship provided by the Otto Benecke Foundation (OBS) addresses acknowledged refugees, late re-settlers and their relatives, and Jewish immigrants who seek to acquire a Higher Education Entrance Qualification and who wish to pursue an academic career. The scholarship encompasses financial support as well as preparatory seminars and coaching at the institution itself. Applicants may not be older than 29 years and have to participate in a counseling interview prior to their application. Candidates who resides in Germany longer than two years by the time of application are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.




UNHCR provides scholarships for refugees at the tertiary level in universities through the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative Fund (DAFI). DAFI is funded by the Federal Government of Germany. The purpose of DAFI is to help refugees to become self-reliant by providing professional qualification for their future. Scholarships are granted only for studies in the country of asylum.



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