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Support Offers for Refugees

Support Offers for Refugees

This information is also available in German and Ukrainian | український.
Questions are welcome to be sent to the general e-mail address from now on:

On this website you'll find an overview and further details of the offered support services by Chemnitz University of Technology. The information will be expanded regularly.

Saxony has summarized the most important initial information for refugees on a flyer: First Contact Flyer (PDF). In addition, a detailed first orientation guide for people from Ukraine has been created: Important Information for People from Ukraine (in Ukrainian) (PDF)

Saxony has launched "Pack dein Studium", an information campaign for refugee students from Ukraine. Its overview flyer (in Ukrainian) (PDF) provides information about Saxony's higher education landscape and offers valuable hints to prospective students.

Campaign to Start or to continue Studies in Saxony

Support offers for Ukrainian refugees of the International Office

Way to Studying at TU Chemnitz

Via the following link you can access the accessible version of the info-graphic: Accessible Version

Current Support and Funding Opportunities for Students

Consultation

As part of the project “Welcome to TU Chemnitz” of the International Office, refugees from Ukraine are given comprehensive advice on the possibilities of studying at Chemnitz University of Technology.

For questions, you can reach the project by e-mail:

Exchange/Freemover

As a temporary bridging measure until the resumption of the studies, there is the possibility to first study as an exchange student or freemover at Chemnitz University of Technology for one to two semester.

If you are interested, please contact Ms. Nadja Hüller, International Office, for further information:

TU4Ukraine

The scholarship program "TU4Ukraine" is dedicated to students and PhD students from Ukraine who had to flee Ukraine due to the war and are enrolled for studies at TU Chemnitz to acquire one of the following degrees: Diploma, Bachelor, Master, PhD. An application is possible until 31 March 2023.

Further information and the application documents can be found at: Scholarship Program TU4Ukraine

In case of questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Susan Kuchs, International Office:

Georgius Agricola Scholarship (part-time)

Georgius Agricola Scholarships (part-time) are awarded to students of higher semesters and graduate students from the countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (including Ukraine) with above-average performance. It is possible to apply on an ongoing basis.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Katharina Wohlgemuth, International Office:

Further Information at: Georgius Agricola Scholarship (part-time)

Georgius Agricola Scholarship (full time)

Financial support is provided for study visits (standard period of study) by particularly talented students, including those from Ukraine, to obtain a university degree in a technical or scientific subject. In specially justified cases, students of other subjects can also be financially supported.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Katharina Wohlgemuth, International Office:

Further information at: Georgius Agricola Scholarship (full time)

Current Support and Funding Opportunities for Researchers

Philipp Schwartz Initiative

Chemnitz University of Technology supports researchers at risk within the Philipp Schwartz Initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In the long-term, the funding program aims at providing persons research opportunities in a safe environment. The International Office carries out the central coordination of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Katharina Wohlgemuth, International Office:

Further information at: Philipp Schwartz Initiative

Walter Benjamin Program

Within the framework of the Walter Benjamin Program, refugee researchers, who have been forced to leave their home country within the last three years, receive financial support to carry out their own research project. In addition, universities can submit supplementary applications to integrate qualified refugees into DFG projects that are already funded.

Further information at: Walter Benjamin Program

MSCA4Ukraine

The EU's project MSCA4Ukraine enables displaced researchers from Ukraine to continue their work at academic and non-academic organisations in the EU while maintaining their connections to reserach and innovation communities in Ukraine. Applications must be submitted by host organisations on behalf of named researches from Ukraine via an online portal. An application is possible from 24 October onwards on an ongoing basis. Further information at: MSCA4Ukraine

Other Important Contact Points in Chemnitz

AG Ukraine-Chemnitz-Europa e.V.

The Ukrainian non-profit cultural association is committed to building a dialogue in cultural or social areas and supports migrants in the integration process. Furthermore, they help people in need in Ukraine with clothes, food, medicines and financial resources.

For further information: AG Ukraine-Chemnitz-Europa e.V.

Sprachmittlerpool of AGIUA

Sprach- und Integrationsmittler (language and integration mediators) can provide you with language support during important appointments and for written translations.

Further information at: SprInt

Useful links

Counselling and support offer of the Family Service

Counselling offer

  • Pregnancy and maternity protection
  • Studying with a child
  • Working with family responsibilities
  • Information for family caregivers

Support offer

  • Provision of all necessary applications for families (child benefit, parental leave applications, etc.)
  • Support in application procedures

Childcare services

  • Support for the provision of suitable childcare facilities
  • Support in the application process and cooperation with day care centers in the city of Chemnitz

Further information can be found on the Website of the Family Service of the TU Chemnitz.


Your contact person

Isabell Höfner
Family Service Coordinator
  • Phone:
    +49 371 531-30101
  • Email:
  • Sprechzeiten:
    Monday: 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
    Wednesday: 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
    Friday: 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Offer of the Psychosocial Counselling Service of the TU Chemnitz

The Psychosocial Counselling Service (PCS) of the TU Chemnitz can be used by refugee students and researchers as a first point of contact for psychological problems and crises resulting from the stresses of war, flight and immigration to Germany. The PCS offers relieving conversations (in a protected space and under confidentiality) to cope with the events experienced and the current situation as well as further developments. Within the framework of counselling, referrals can be made to other appropriate support services in Chemnitz and the surrounding area, and, if necessary, support can also be provided in arranging psychotherapeutic treatment at the Psychotherapeutic University Ambulance (PHA-TUC), among other places.

Our complete range of services can be found on our website (German version).

Counselling is free of charge, independent of student or residence status, and available without health insurance benefits.


Your contact persons

Prof. Dr. Stephan Mühlig
Management of the Counselling Service
  • Phone:
    +49 371 531-28404
  • Email:

Language Courses for Refugees

Course offer: German Courses for refugees and prospective students.

Duration: Courses start on April 25, 2022.

Registration: If you are interested, please get in touch with our contact persons.

Further details will be published on the Website Course Information.


Your contact person

Portrait: Dr. Maria Worf
Dr. Maria Worf

Career Service

Anyone who needs support finding a job can contact the Career Service of TU Chemnitz.

We offer help for finding open positions, creation of application documents and preparation for interviews.

You have English / German skills? Write to Mr. André Claren:

You do not have English / German skills? Write to Ms. Salomeia Sadovnik:

Student Service

The Student Service is responsible for all formalities related to admission and implementation of a degree program. These include, among others, enrollment, exmatriculation, admission of international applicants or guest student program.

Refugees in connection with the Ukraine conflict can apply for a remission of the guest student fee. A copy of the passport and a copy of the document of residence have to be handed in as proof.

Further information and the application form can be found on the websites of the Student Service:
Application for Guest Student Program

Crisis Team

Chemnitz University of Technology has set up a crisis team to develop further support services for refugees, among other things. Its members are:

  • Prof. Dr. Gerd Strohmeier
    President
  • Prof. Dr. Maximilian Eibl
    Vice President for Academic and International Affairs
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Götze
    Vice President for Transfer and Academic Qualification
  • Prof. Dr. Anja Strobel
    Vice President for Research and University Development
  • Thomas Lang
    Acting Chancellor
  • Frank Hohaus
    Chairman of the Staff Council
  • Dr. Philipp Cain
    Deputy Chairman of the Staff Council
  • Michael Schmischke
    Representative of the University Management for Young Academics
  • Greti Kneita
    Representative of the Student Council
  • Prof. Dr. Vladimir Shikhman
    Coordinator of the refugee support group of Chemnitz University of Technology
  • Dr. Benny Liebold
    Head of the International Office
  • Dr. Michael Partmann
    Assistant to the President specialized in University politics and University development

FAQs

Studying at TU Chemnitz

For a first consultation, you can contact the project "Welcome to TU Chemnitz" at the following e-mail address:

To find out which degree program best suits your interests, you can contact the Central Course Guidance Service of TU Chemnitz. If you have already found a degree program and now have more specific questions, the respective academic advisor will be glad to help you.

You can find the contact details of the Central Course Guidance Service at: Central Course Guidance Service

You can find an overview of the academic advisors at: Academic Advisors

Those who were unable to finish high school due to the war in Ukraine still have the opportunity to study. The Kultusministerkonferenz (Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder) has decived on an exception for this.

If the last school year could not be finished due to the war, it is still possible to apply for a degree program at a German university. However, Ukrainian school graduates usually must attend a Studienkolleg (preparatory college) beforehand. Further details about the decision of the Kultusministerkonferenz can be found at: Decision of the Kultusministerkonferenz (German version)

In this case, you must first complete the respective Studienkolleg (preparatory college) of the university. TU Chemnitz cooperates with the Studienkolleg Sachsen in Leipzig. In order to apply to the Studienkolleg you must have a letter of admission from TU Chemnitz. To get a letter of admission, you must apply regularly for a place in a degree program and prove at least German language skills at level B1.

Detailed information on the assessment of Ukrainian high school diplomas can be found on the websites of uni-assist and anabin.

The regular application deadlines are:

  • summer semester: until 15 January
  • winter semester: until 15 July.

The application must be done via uni-assist. Further information on the application process can be found at: Information on Application Procedure

If the secondary school leaving certificate is not sufficient to study in Germany, a Studienkolleg must be attended prior to the studies. The Studienkolleg is responsible for preparing foreign international applicants for studies in Germany. Depending on the field of study, a corresponding specialisation course must be attended. TU Chemnitz is working together with the Studienkolleg Sachsen in Leipzig. An overview with contact details and further informatoin on the Studienkolleg Sachsen can be found at: Studienkolleg Sachsen

In general, you can either enroll regularlay for a degree program or, if applicable, take up an exchange program at TU Chemnitz via your university in Ukraine. Furthermore, you must fulfill both the formal and subject-related requirements of the respective degree program. A general overview of admission to studies at TU Chemnitz can be found at: Information on Admission

If you would like to continue your doctorate, you will first need to find a supervisor for your research topic. Admission to the doctoral program is possible throughout the year. Please keep in mind, that you must have appropiate German and/or English language skills. More information on taking up doctoral studies can be found at: PhD at TU Chemnitz

To study in Germany, you need a "Higher Education Entrance Qualification". The Higher Education Entrance Qualification can be either direct or indirect.

You have a direct Higher Education Entrance Qualification, if your school leaving certificate is equivalent to a German secondary school leaving certificate (Abitur). If you fulfill the language and subject-related requirements of your desired degree program, you can start your studies directly.

You have an indirect Higher Education Entrance Qualification, if your school-leaving certificate is only conditionally equivalent to the German secondary school leaving certificate (Abitur). In this case, you must attend a Studienkolleg (preparatory college) beforehand.

You can use the Anabin database or the database of uni-assist e.V. to check, if your educational qualification is recognized in Germany and which Higher Education Entrance Qualification you have.

If you were unable to complete your school year or your current semester regularly this year due to the current situation, please note the decision of the "Kultusministerkonferenz" (Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder) dated 5 April 2022. Your educational certificates and first year of studies will be recognised as such, even if not all reqularly required examinations can be proven. Please find further information at: Decision of the Kultusministerkonferenz

Depending on the degree program, there are different admission requirements regarding language skills and/or prior qualification. Please inform yourself about this matter on the pages of the respective degree program or faculty. You can find a first overview at: Information about the Application Process

Bachelor's degree programs at TU Chemnitz are generally taught in German. In contrast, the following Master's degree programs can be studied in English (as of 3 August 2022):

  • Advanced and Computational Mathematics
  • Advanced Functional Materials
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Automotive Software Engineering
  • Embedded Systems
  • English and American Studies
  • Information and Communication Systems
  • Micro and Nano Systems
  • Web Engineering

Please note that English-taught degree programs still require a proof of German language skills. Further information and specific regulations on this can be found via the following link: Information about the Application Process

A regular degree program finishes after 3 years (Bachelor's program) or 2 years (Master's program) with a degree. In an exchange program, you usually attend pre-determined courses and may be able to have them recognized by your home university. However, you cannot receive a Bachelor's or Master's degree doing an exchange program. In this case, you would have to enroll in a regular study program. If you have any questions about degree studies, you can contact the project "Welcome to TU Chemnitz":

If you are currently enrolled at a Ukrainian university and would like to take up an exchange program at TU Chemnitz, please contact Ms. Nadja Hüller of the International Office:

Many Ukrainain students who have come to Germany would like to continue their studies here. Academic achievements from Ukraine can generally also be recognized in Germany. However, this must be clarified directly with the respective university or the examination board of the respective degree program. Usually, translations of module descriptions must be submitted. In order for academic achievements to be recognized, prospective Ukrainian students must be enrolled in a regular degree program.

If you are missing documents or if you only have incomplete documents due to the situation in Ukraine, you will not suffer any disadvantages. A decision of the Kultusministerkonferenz (Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder) regulates how German universities have to proceed in this case.

At TU Chemnitz you must submit a self-disclosure form to uni-assist which will also be given to you by uni-assist. In this form, you describe your educational background and explain why your documents are missing or are incomplete. After your information has been checked, an individual decision will be made by the university you applied for.

Questions regarding Language Skills

That depends on which degree program you wish to enroll in. In general, all Bachelor's degree programs are taught in German. There are some Master's degree programs that are taught exclusively in English, but German language skills of at least level A1 must usually be proven upon enrollment. However, there are exceptions regarding some English-taught degree programs as German is being part of the curriculum.

Please note that TU Chemnitz only accepts very specific language certificates. You can find an overview of them on the website of the Student Service: Information about Admission

There are not further language courses for refugees currently on offer. Prospective refugee students from Ukraine have, however, can enroll in the regular language courses during the semester, if possible. Further information can be found at: Language Courses

In general, enrolled refugee students can take part in the regular language courses during the semester.

Financing your Studies and Consultation

In addition to the regular living costs, students must pay every semester a semester contribution. Currently, the semester contribution amounts at € 271.88 (as of August 2022) and must be paid every semester. The current semester contribution and its composition can be found at: Student Service

The semester contribution consists of several parts that grant students various benefits, including e.g.:

  • The Student Culture Ticket grants you free entrance to various cultural institutions in the city of Chemnitz. Detailed information on the benefits of the Student Culture Ticket can be found at: Culture Ticket
  • The Semester Ticket grants you a free use of most (!! not all!!) local public transportations (ÖPNV) within Saxony. Detailed information on the benefits of the Semester Ticket, including the specific areas of validity, can be found at: Semester Ticket

According to the current state of regulations, people with a residence permit according to § 24 AufenthG (Residence Act) can apply for BAföG. However, this financing option only applies to students in regular degree programs. Guest auditors or exchange students are not entitled to BAföG but receive social benefits from the Jobcenter when they are granted a residence permit according to § 24 AufenthG. In addition, there is the possibility of taking up a part-time job or applying for scholarhips. Please keep in mind, that in case you receive social benefits, your monthly salary and payments from scholarships could be counted as income.

The BAföG office of the Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau is responsible for students from Chemnitz University of Technology: Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau

An overview of scholarships for which you could apply for can be found at: Overview of Scholarships

The International Office of TU Chemnitz also regularly announces scholarships for international students. An overview can be found at: Scholarships of the International Office

Refugee students and researchers who need psychological support due to the war in Ukraine can contact the Psychological Counselling Service at TU Chemnitz and arrange an appointment for a consultation. Counselling is free of charge, independent of student or residence status. You can find further information about the Psychological Counselling Service of TU Chemnitz at: Psychological Counselling Service

General Information

Students at TU Chemnitz can apply for a place in one of the student dormitories on campus. The dormitories belong to the Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau. A monthly rent must be paid, which includes additional costs, e.g. electricity, water, internet, television. Detailed information can be found at: Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau

Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau operates a student canteen and cafeteria at both the campus Reichenhainer Straße and the campus Straße der Nationen. Food and drinks are available at student-friendly prices. Detailed information on this and the opening hours can be found on the following website: Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau

All students must provide proof of suficient health insurance coverage when enrolling at TU Chemnitz. A distinction is made between a statutory and private health insurance.

The Family Service of TU Chemnitz supports you in finding a day care place for your child. Detailed information can be found on the following page: Family Service