This programme aims to help refugees interested in an education at a university – with support from DAAD and the Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Science and Equal Rights in the State of Schleswig-Holstein.

In the summer semester of 2016, our Universität zu Lübeck commenced its first ever propaedeutics programme to prepare refugees interested in an education at a university, including guidance on cultural aspects. In addition to an advanced German language course (12 hrs/week), the students attend 24 hrs/week of lectures spanning mathematics, informatics, biology and chemistry.

A coordinator from the faculty is responsible for the content of each course, but bachelor’s and master’s degree students teach and conduct the exercises/labs.

This programme benefits all sides:

The students gain teaching experience, while the refugees benefit not only from fresh and vivacious lectures, but also learn about useful functional aspects of the degree programme and how the university is organised. Since bachelor’s and master’s degree students are in the midst of their university life, they can directly infuse the attendees with their inherent enthusiasm for an education at a university.

This programme is supported by DAAD and the Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Science and Equal Rights.

The next propaedeutics programme commences in March 2021 and lasts five months, concluding with a final exam.

If you are interested, you can sign-up now for the 2021 summer semester and have your documents verified for admission to a university. Upon request, we also offer advice in Arabic.

Appointments to sign up for the exam and have your documents checked:

Thursdays and Fridays
from 1–3 pm.



We also offer language and preparatory courses for TestAS for the WS 2020/21

Starting in the WS 2020/21, we will offer the more advanced B2/C1 level language courses; you can also sign up for TestAS preparatory courses.

Something new: a master’s level propaedeutics programme, which kicks-off in the WS 2020/21.

This master’s level propaedeutics programme is designed for new citizens who already have a bachelor’s degree from their home country that corresponds to a master’s programme at our Universität zu Lübeck. If you are interested, please write to the aforementioned email address. Also keep an eye out for more information as it is posted online.

As of March 2020, you can also sit for the TestDaF and TestAS at our Universität zu Lübeck.



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