Information for students from Ukraine

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Our page provides information for international students.

We have now also put together information especially for student refugees from Ukraine. The situation in Ukraine and developments here in Germany are very dynamic, which is why the following FAQs mainly provide links which reflect our current knowledge but which can – please be aware of that – change at any time.

Please, also consult the National Academic Contact Point Ukraine of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst). With this webportal, the DAAD would like to offer you a first orientation in Germany and especially in the German higher education and research system. You will also find an overview of different help offers in academia.

English: https://www.daad-ukraine.org/en/

Ukrainian: https://www.daad-ukraine.org/uk/

FAQs for students from Ukraine

General information

I am a student or future student and refugee – where can I receive free or affordable legal advice in Munich regarding residence and asylum?

Here you can search for advisory services for refugees in Munich:

https://adressen.asyl.net/language/en/welcome-to-informationnetwork-asylum-and-migration/

 
Rechtshilfe München e.V.
The “Rechtshilfe” (Legal Aid Munich) offers support and assistance for international fellow citizens who are having legal problems in Germany due to their international status. Their legal advisory service takes place every week and is carried out by lawyers who offer legal assistance and specialise in immigration and asylum law.

http://www.rechtshilfe-muenchen.de/

http://www.rechtshilfe-muenchen.de/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/sd_eng_ansichts.pdf

 
Refugee Law Clinic Munich e.V

The Refugee Law Clinic Munich e.V. is a student initiative and non-profit association who offer free legal advice on asylum and immigration law for asylum seekers, refugees and foreigners.

http://rlcm.de/index.php/languages/english/

http://rlcm.de/index.php/informationen-fur-gefluchtete-aus-der-ukraine

What’s the Bavarian emergency fund “Ukraine crisis” for studying and research?

The Bavarian universities can apply for the resources from the emergency fund proportionally at the Ministry for Science. Students who are personally affected, who are already studying at a university, can directly turn to their own university. The allocation is carried out according to the number of enrolled Ukrainian citizens at each university.

https://www.stmwk.bayern.de/allgemein/meldung/6826/solidaritaet-mit-der-ukraine-bayern-richtet-notfonds-fuer-ukrainische-studierende-und-forschende-ein.html

https://www.stmi.bayern.de/mui/ukraine_hilfe/index.php

Can refugees use public transport in Munich for free?

Ukrainian refugees can use all public transport in the MVV area (Munich Transport Association) for free; more information, also in Ukrainian and Russian, can be found here:

https://www.mvg.de/services/aktuelles/ukraine.html

I have just arrived in Munich – what are the next steps?

Here you can find important information, places to turn to and services available after having arrived in Munich.

https://stadt.muenchen.de/infos/ukraine_ankommen.html (scroll down for information in Ukrainian and English)

https://stadt.muenchen.de/infos/ukraine.html

I have just arrived in Germany – what are the next steps?

Here you can find information regarding entry and residence for people from Ukraine in Ukrainian, English, German and Russian.

https://handbookgermany.de/de/ukraine-info/en.html

I am a student or a future student who has fled Ukraine – what about residence?

When you come to Germany from a third country, you need a residence title. It is dependent on the purpose and the reason for the residence in Germany.

Please read through the information provided under the following link carefully to find out what applies to your personal situation!

On the page titled “Residence” you will find answers to a lot of questions regarding long-term residence in Germany, “temporary protection” according to §24 of the German Residence Act and the associated rights and obligations:

https://handbookgermany.de/de/ukraine-info/en/aufenthalt.html

 
The Department of Public Order ("Kreisverwaltungsreferat", short: "KVR") is the Citizens' office of Munich. It is responsible for the residence permit. There are several "Bürgerbüros" (residence registration offices) as branches of the KVR.
In this overview of the "KVR", you can find important information about staying in Munich/Germany, and the conditions for beginning to study in Germany.
Please note well the following pages of the overview:  pages 4, 5, 6, 7, 11 and 14!
Another helpful site of the city of Munich: https://stadt.muenchen.de/infos/ukraine_ankommen.html. (in German, English and Ukrainian).

 
Should you have any questions regarding the residence status for students and future students, you are very welcome to turn to the Munich Student Union’s General Advice and Social Counselling Service for an initial consultation:

https://www.studentenwerk-muenchen.de/en/advisory-network/general-advice-and-social-counselling/

Where can I find up-to-date information for Ukrainian students, researchers and universities?

https://www.daad.de/en/the-daad/ukraine/

National Academic Contact Point Ukraine of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst):
English: https://www.daad-ukraine.org/en/

Ukrainian: https://www.daad-ukraine.org/uk/

Is there an App with actual information and links (from Munich)?

The Town of Munich has now integrated actual information and useful links in its own App "Integreat APP" (by Integreat Munich), for people from Ukraine.

The aim:
- multi-lingual actual helpful information for the people from Ukraine
- support of refugees with information to upon a smooth arrival in Munich.

The Integreat App is free of charge, and can be used offline as well. You can download it via Google Play Store or App Store - or via the Website itself www.integreat.app/muenchen.
It includes a PDF function => single pages, as well as whole chapters, can be downloaded, printed, or sent. The content is currently kept actual, and translated. The language and place can be chosen by click on a globe, or changed via the starting symbol.
German: https://integreat.app/muenchen/de
English: https://integreat.app/muenchen/en
Ukrainian: https://integreat.app/muenchen/uk

Integreat is active in over 70 municipalities, already t many including actual informations fo people from Ukraine!

I fled to Germany, but am still studying online at my Ukrainian university. Where can I get funding for my studies?

Some Ukrainian students fled to Germany, but are still online students of their Ukrainian university. The question is, which possibilities there are to fund daily life?

Digital studies at a Ukrainian university is - following German law - neither to be funded as a "Fernstudium" (correspondance course), nor as "studies abroad". The latter would demand a cooperation with a German university (§ 5 Abs. 2 Nr. 2 BAföG). As a result, BAföG cannot be attributed (cf. here, in German).

But, Social Security Code is still a possibility for funding ("Leistungsanspruch nach SGB II) via the Jobcenter (Ukrainian version of the site). And this because the long perspective for integration in the labour market is taken into account. Because a near university degree means better chances in the labour market in Germany. And, people not having the German language level of B1, shall normally first take part in a course for integration (meaning the law: § 3 Abs. 2a Nr. 1 SGB II).
So, please contact with your personal constellation a contact person of Jobcenter. Then, a senseful planning for a long perspective integration can be developped. It's not probable that a educational or further vocational training measure - once begun - will be stopped. That would run counter public interest and the need of qualified employees.

I am a refugee or migrant with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. Where can I get help and support?

AbilityAid is a program of the non-profit organization ArrivalAid. ArrivalAid was founded in 2015 and supports people with refugee and migration backgrounds. The AbilityAid program focuses on refugees and migrants with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses.

What services does AbilityAid offer?
Councelling (professional support in the areas: challenges in everyday life, questions about asylum and residence, medical care and treatment, and many more).
German Course (opportunity to aquire or improve German language skills, even without previous knowledge; Levels: A0, A1, A2).
Computer Courses (f.e. for Word, Excel, Powerpoint; open practice hours offered, tot).

THE COUNCELLING AND COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE.

Contact: Phone Number: +49 89 5999 88 23 (please leave a message, they will call back)
Munich (near to the main station)
E-Mail: ability@arrivalaid.org
www.arrivalaid.org/abilityaid

I fled Ukraine and I am interested in beginning or continuing studies. Can I take part in the Ukrainian university entrance tests or the Ukrainian test for continued studies at Ukrainian universities in Germany?

This year, several German universities will make their premises and infrastructure available to refugees from Ukraine who are interested in studying in order to conduct standardised examinations for admission and continued studies at Ukrainian universities.

 The online examinations will take place between 22 July and 3 October 2022. They will be held in uniformly defined periods at six locations in Germany:

  • Berlin; Coordination: Humboldt-Universität
  • at Goethe University Frankfurt/Main
  • at the Universität Hamburg
  • at the University of Cologne
  • at the Leipzig University
  • Munich; at the “Gorod” cultural centre (arranged by the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science).

The exams will be conducted simultaneously in Ukraine and in the European countries where war refugees have found protection.

More information:
https://www.daad-ukraine.org/uk/2022/06/10/ukrayinskij-vstupnij-test-mozhna-sklasti-v-nimechchini/

https://www.hrk.de/press/press-releases/press-release/meldung/germany-supports-ukraine-in-conducting-university-entrance-tests-for-refugees-online-tests-planned/

I have a (first) Ukrainian certificate/diploma of studies. Where can I get advice for possibilities of professional recognition?

You have a professional qualification or a (first) university diploma from abroadd, and you want to have counselling around the questions of the recognition process here in Germany?

Then, in Munich, the MigraNet IQ Netzwerk Bayern will help you, and give important advice for free. MigraNet will assist you through the process, show you the steps to follow, and assist you when in contact with the authorities.
MigraNet is a part of the Federal Qualification Programme „Integration through Qualification (IQ)“, in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and the Federal Employment Agency.

As well, MigraNet offers (until the end of July 2022) a few information online events of councelling - and this in German, English, and Ukrainian.

I am a student or a future student who has fled Ukraine – can I study in Germany?

What are the requirements for studying if I DON’T get a long-term residence permit as per §24 Residence Act [Aufenthaltsgesetz]?

You can stay in Germany to study. It is however required that you were accepted by a university for a full-time course of study and that you can come up for your expenses yourself. To be able to finance yourself is one of the most important requirements for a residence permit for the purpose of studying as per §16b Residence Act.

https://www.bamf.de/EN/Themen/MigrationAufenthalt/ZuwandererDrittstaaten/Bildung/Studium/studium-node.html;jsessionid=EBC0058FEF21928D08853CEF346535BD.intranet241

http://www.internationale-studierende.de/en/prepare_your_studies/financing/

https://www.daad.de/en/study-and-research-in-germany/plan-your-studies/costs-of-education-and-living/

What are the requirements for studying if I get a long-term residence permit as per §24 Residence Act?

Many Ukrainian students who come to Germany want to continue with their studies here. Since 2005, Ukraine has been a member of the Bologna Process. Thus, results that were achieved in Ukraine will also be recognized in Germany.

If you have a long-term residence permit as per §24 Residence Act due to the current situation, you can study or do a training.

At the moment, people who have a residence permit as per §24 Residence Act cannot apply for BAföG; there hasn’t yet been a decision on this.

If you were in Ukraine when the war broke out and fled the country, you can claim social benefits in Germany as a refugee. Furthermore, you can register as looking for a job and can apply for scholarships.

Please also have a look here for useful information: https://www.study-in-germany.de/de/studium-planen/besondere-lebensumstaende/studienangebote-fuer-gefluechtete/ .

What support is offered by the Munich universities for Ukrainian students and student refugees?

Here you can find a list of universities the Munich Student Union is in charge of who are offering help and support in the current situation.

As this support is partly still in the process of being organised, it is almost certainly going to change within the near future; the list serves as a first overview.

 

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

https://www.lmu.de/de/workspace-fuer-studierende/meldungen-und-termine/details/unterstuetzung-fuer-studierende-aus-der-ukraine.html

 
Technical University of Munich (TUM)

https://www.tum.de/en/studies/international-students/ukraine
Information, counseling, and financial support for doctoral students/PhD students of TUM Graduate School, the central office for doctoral research at TUM
https://www.gs.tum.de/en/gs/doctorate-at-tum/supportukraine-platform-tum-gs/ 

 
University of Applied Sciences Munich

https://hm.edu/allgemein/aktuelles/news/news_detailseite_241920.de.html

 
Academy of Fine Arts Munich

https://www.adbk.de/de/aktuell/aktuell-kategorieblog/3414-solidaritaet-mit-der-ukraine.html

 
University of Music and Performing Arts Munich

https://website.musikhochschule-muenchen.de/de/69-deutsch/meldungen/2846-31-3-benefizkonzert-fuer-die-ukraine

 
University of Television and Film Munich

https://www.hff-muenchen.de/de_DE/ukraine

 
Bavarian School of Public Policy Munich

https://www.hfp.tum.de/en/hfp/news/article/in-solidaritaet-mit-der-ukrainischen-bevoelkerung/

 
Munich School of Philosophy

https://www.hfph.de/hochschule/nachrichten

 
Catholic University of Applied Sciences (Munich and Benediktbeuern)

https://www.xing.com/pages/katholischestiftungshochschulemunchen/news

 
Technical University of Applied Sciences, Rosenheim

https://www.th-rosenheim.de/en/international/information-for-refugees/


Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences

https://www.hswt.de/presse/news/article/hilfe-fuer-die-ukraine-wo-sie-spenden-und-unterstuetzen-koennen.html

 
University of Applied Languages (SDI)

https://www.sdi-muenchen.de/hochschule/artikel/news/zur-ukraine-krise

Where can I get a Statement of Comparability for the diploma/degree (f.e. Bachelor's) of my homeland in Germany?

You have a leaving certificate or diploma of an Ukrainian university and want to have a Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications? So that you can apply for work, or begin research studies or Masters' studies?

The the "Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen" (Central Office for Foreign Education – ZAB) is responsible in Germany for those Statements of Comparability for foreign higher education qualifications. It's funded by the the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany.
A Statement of Comparability is an official document issued by the ZAB that describes a foreign higher education qualification, its professional and academic usage. The ZAB Statement of Comparability can facilitate access to the German labour market or university research studies for holders of foreign higher education qualifications. It is a comparative assessment but not a recognition certificate.

You can apply for a Statement of Comparability here.
The website is also available in Urkainian.

You have fled the Ukraine and cannot prove your university degree by diploma or leaving certificate? Then you can additionnally turn to the ZAB. It offers a procedure of plausabilty in case of lacking documents.
So persons who cannot show proof of their university degree or leaving certificate, can apply for a Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications after established plausability.

The Statement specifies the German qualification to which your foreign qualification is comparable and provides information on the options for continuing your studies, the legal basis of the use of academic degrees and the procedure of professional recognition. The Statement does not give rise to a legal claim.

Where can I get financial support for a German Language Course?

Please, refer to the answer in the category "I would like to study in Germany – what do I have to organise and plan?"

I would like to study in Germany – what do I have to organise and plan?

General information

More information on starting and organising a course of studies can be found on the pages of the German National Association for Student Affairs

http://www.internationale-studierende.de/en/home/

and with the German Academic Exchange Service

https://www.daad.de/en/study-and-research-in-germany/plan-your-studies/

Here you will find answers to many questions related to studying.

Is there a web portal answering many questions one might have around studying in Germany?

The  GAES (German Academic Exchange Service, or German: DAAD) has launched a portal for students and researchers in German, English, and Ukrainian. There you can find information about studying, research, conditions for studying and helpful offers of the academic World in Germany:

German: https://www.daad-ukraine.org/de/

English: https://www.daad-ukraine.org/en/

Ukrainian: https://www.daad-ukraine.org/uk/

Where can I get financial support for a German Language Course?

You can get financial support by the by the University Educational Guidance Guarantee Fund (Garantiefonds Hochschule: GF-H). Since April 2022, persons with a  long-term residence permit as per §24 Residence Act [Aufenthaltsgesetz] can apply to the GF-H Bildungsberatung service (educational advice service) for acceptance onto a sponsorship programme, in accordance with the “Richtlinien Garantiefonds Hochschulbereich – RL-GF-H” (regulations of the University Guarantee Fund). As a consequence, refugees from Ukraine who want to study in Germany, can get a sponsorship for language courses.

First, you have to apply for an educational advice service (Bildungsberatung), This may result in a scholarship.

What can be financed through the scholarship?
Course fees, living expenses/accommodation expenses, private tuition, travel expenses, exam fees.
The duration of the scholarship can be upt to 30 months.

The financial support is financed by the Otto Benecke Foundation, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). The aim is to help young migrants up to 30 years, who want to begin or continue studies in Germany, to integrate very fast in the local labour market. German language courses with attending certificates preparing for studies are one main support point.

Information of the Federal Ministry (in German)

Information of the University Educational Guidance Guarantee Fund (Garantiefonds Hochschule: GF-H)
(with short information in English and Ukrainian at a popup window)

register for a guidance counselling appointment
contact data of the information center in Munich of the GF-H

Can I, as a refugee student from Ukraine, get financial support by the so-called "BAföG"?

Since the 1st of June, 2022, this is in principle possible to get BAföG as a student and refugee from Ukraine (link to Ukrainian version). But there are certain indispensable conditions:

  • You have or have applied for a residence permit in accordance with Section 24 Paragraph 1 of the Residence Act (in German: Aufenthaltstitel nach § 24 AufenthG oder entsprechende Fiktionsbescheinigung nach § 81 Abs. 5 in Verbindung mit Abs. 3 oder 4 AufenthG). A "Fiktionsbescheinigung" is a provisional residence permit for Germany.
  • You are enrolled in your degree program ( a so-called "ordentliche Immatrikulation"). This means that you are studying to get a degree.
  • You have the required language skills and level which is necessary to follow the lectures at the university.

If these conditions are met, you can apply for BAföG.
BAföG is a Federal scholarship: the German Federal Training Assistance Act (in short: BAföG). BAföG is normally half a grant, half a loan free of interest. The maximum amount to be paid back is 10 010 EUR.

Please apply for BAföG at your local Studentenwerk responsible for the university you are enrolled at. If your university is on this list, the Munich Student Union (Studentenwerk München) is responsible. There, you can get first information and free counselling by the BAfög Advisory Services.
 

IMPORTANT:
If you still follow the online lectures and programme of your Ukrainian university, you can NOT get BAföG! Same applies for refugees enrolled at a university in an auditor programme, an exchange programme or study stays, without the concrete aim of a degree (cf. here).
In these cases, there is the possibility to get funded by the German Social Security Code under SGB [German Social Code] II. The Application then is handled by the so-called Jobcenter of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit [Federal Employment Agency], link to Ukrainian version.)

 
Links in Ukrainian language:
https://www.daad-ukraine.org/uk/2022/06/02/14107/

https://www.arbeitsagentur.de/ua/ua/ukraine

Official information (ministries, government etc.)

What up-to-date information is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for Ukrainian refugees?

Anyone who has had to flee Ukraine will presumably have many questions and will need support. The following link therefore provides information on all matters concerning school, education, studying, working and the recognition of international qualifications in Germany.

https://www.bmbf.de/bmbf/shareddocs/faq/informationen-fuer-gefluechtete-ukraine.html

What up-to-date information is provided by the Federal Ministry of Health for Ukrainian refugees?

Germany is supporting the provision of medical aid in Ukraine and ensures comprehensive health care provision for refugees in Germany. Here you can find out the most important facts:

https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/faq-medizinische-hilfe-ukraine.html

What up-to-date information is provided by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees regarding Ukrainian refugees entering Germany?

Here you can find information and frequently asked questions (FAQs) concerning refuge and migration in German, Ukrainian and Russian.

https://www.bamf.de/DE/Themen/AsylFluechtlingsschutz/ResettlementRelocation/InformationenEinreiseUkraine/informationen-einreise-ukraine-node.html#doc1110318bodyText1

Which information of the town of Munich are there?

information in German, English, and Ukrainian: https://stadt.muenchen.de/infos/ukraine_ankommen.html

 
A free App "Munich Integreat APP" by the Town of Munich, also to be used offline, with actual information and hints for refugees from Ukraine
Download via Google Play Store, App Store or the website itself:
https://integreat.app/muenchen/de
https://integreat.app/muenchen/en
https://integreat.app/muenchen/uk

 
The Department of Public Order ("Kreisverwaltungsreferat", short: "KVR") is the Citizens' office of Munich. It is responsible for the residence permit. There are several "Bürgerbüros" (residence registration offices) as branches of the KVR.
In this overview of the "KVR", you can find important information about staying in Munich/Germany, and the conditions for beginning to study in Germany.
Please note well the following pages of the overview:  pages 4, 5, 6, 7, 11 and 14!

Can I, as a refugee student from Ukraine, get financial support by the so-called "BAföG"?

Since the 1st of June, 2022, this is in principle possible to get BAföG as a student and refugee from Ukraine (link to Ukrainian version). But there are certain indispensable conditions:

  • You have or have applied for a residence permit in accordance with Section 24 Paragraph 1 of the Residence Act (in German: Aufenthaltstitel nach § 24 AufenthG oder entsprechende Fiktionsbescheinigung nach § 81 Abs. 5 in Verbindung mit Abs. 3 oder 4 AufenthG). A "Fiktionsbescheinigung" is a provisional residence permit for Germany.
  • You are enrolled in your degree program ( a so-called "ordentliche Immatrikulation"). This means that you are studying to get a degree.
  • You have the required language skills and level which is necessary to follow the lectures at the university.

If these conditions are met, you can apply for BAföG.
BAföG is a Federal scholarship: the German Federal Training Assistance Act (in short: BAföG). BAföG is normally half a grant, half a loan free of interest. The maximum amount to be paid back is 10 010 EUR.

Please apply for BAföG at your local Studentenwerk responsible for the university you are enrolled at. If your university is on this list, the Munich Student Union (Studentenwerk München) is responsible. There, you can get first information and free counselling by the BAfög Advisory Services.
 

IMPORTANT:
If you still follow the online lectures and programme of your Ukrainian university, you can NOT get BAföG! Same applies for refugees enrolled at a university in an auditor programme, an exchange programme or study stays, without the concrete aim of a degree (cf. here).
In these cases, there is the possibility to get funded by the German Social Security Code under SGB [German Social Code] II. The Application then is handled by the so-called Jobcenter of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit [Federal Employment Agency], link to Ukrainian version.)

 
Links in Ukrainian language:
https://www.daad-ukraine.org/uk/2022/06/02/14107/

https://www.arbeitsagentur.de/ua/ua/ukraine

Should you have any further questions, you can contact the General Advice and Social Counselling Service of the Munich Student Union in Munich, Freising or Rosenheim.

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