Services and programmes for refugees

Welcome to the University of Oldenburg!

Our university is a place that is open to the world. Diversity of opinion and international exchange form the basis of our scientific activities.

We offer advisory services and academic programmes as well as language courses and support and leisure activities to refugees who hold a university entrance qualification or have an academic educational background. Our goal here is to integrate them into our community and support them on their path to studying in Germany.

These services and programmes are mostly run by the university's institutions, but also by volunteer and student initiatives. We would all be happy to assist you!

The first point of contact for refugees interested in studying here at the university is the International Student Office (ISO). Please contact either Katja Kaboth or Stefanie Fentzahn if you would like to take part in one of our programmes. 

Initial Contact and Counselling

Are you a refugee and interested in studying at the University of Oldenburg? We would be happy to help!

The International Student Office (ISO) is the first contact address for refugees interested in studying and taking preparatory language courses at the University of Oldenburg.

During a personal consultation we can help you decide what your next steps should be. We can also advise you on how other university facilities and services can help.

» International Student Office (ISO)

The Orientation Year for refugees

With the Orientation Year the University of Oldenburg offers an education programme specifically for people with a current refugee background.

The Orientation Year is aimed at refugees who want to prepare for starting or continuing university studies in Germany and acquire the necessary German language skills.

This programme includes

  • language courses in which you can acquire the German skills needed for attaining the German university entrance qualification
  • opportunities to get an idea of what studying a specific subject is like, including working with other students
  • introductory and follow-on courses on academic working methods in Germany
  • specific support and advisory services                     

The programme ties in with the university's regular language courses and degree programmes so that participants are integrated into the university community during their orientation year.

Participants in the Orientation Year programme are not awarded a university entrance qualification or an academic degree.

Participants are enrolled as guest students and are exempt from all fees.

» More information on the application procedure


Those who have already studied in their home country or hold a qualification that entitles them to study at university level can apply for a place at the University of Oldenburg.

» Application and Enrolment 

Competence portfolio

The competence area »Recognition« (Anrechnung) offers refugees with an academic educational background or professional qualifications the opportunity to create their own »competence portfolio« within the framework of the »Services in Refugee Work« project. These portfolios enable refugees to present their educational background in a structured format and highlight skills that they have already acquired.

This service is aimed mainly at persons who no longer possess papers documenting their academic background. However, non-traditional educational and professional/occupational biographies can also be outlined in these portfolios.

The portfolio serves to verify the plausibility of an individual's educational background and can be used in the procedure for obtaining the university entrance qualification.

» Competence area »Recognition«

Support and leisure activities

Psychological Counselling

3. floor SSC (A12)
Phone: 0441/798-4400
E-Mail: pbs(at) 

Contact without an appointment
Mo 8.30 - 10.30 am
Do 15.00 - 17.00 pm

Refugees Welcome in opened lectures

Contact: Waltraut Dröge / Sabine Halfwassen
Phone: 0441/798-2275 or -2276
E-Mail: studium.generale(at)
V02-0-016 or 0-015

ReWis - Refugees welcome in sports

Sports building of the university
Contact: Micol Feuchter
Facebook group: Refugees Welcome in Sports

Integration Pilot Service for Foreign Students (Uni-Lotsen)

Support and diverse services to promote integration
Contact: uni-lotsen(at)

Hochschule ohne Grenzen

Support, contacts, unbureaucratic assistance, integration assistance
Contact: maurice.mwizerwa(at) 
Phone: 0441/798-2673

Church-based university groups

The church-based university groups – the Katholische Hochschulgemeinde and the Evangelische Studierendengemeinde – offer refugees support and counselling at their information centres, take care of their individual needs and organise events for them.

Contact persons and addresses:

Katholische Hochschulgemeinde (
University Chaplain Matthias Klöppinger
E-Mail: khg(at)

Evangelische Studierendengemeinde Oldenburg (
ESG Pastor Christian Lühder
E-Mail: christian.luehder(at)

Evangelische StudentInnengemeinde (
E-Mail: esg(at)


First Contact and Counselling for Refugees

Katja Kaboth

Room: A12 2-208
Phone: +49 (0)441 798-4783


Office hours:

Tuesday:     10 am – 12.30 pm
                 14.30 pm – 16.30 pm
Thursday:    10 am – 12.30 pm

Telephone enquiries are welcome any time outside our office hours.