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The University of Freiburg’s position on the war in Ukraine

Studies at the University of Freiburg

Students from Ukraine who are enrolled in Freiburg (degree-seeking and short-term students) can extend their stay even if it should have ended this semester. If you as a Ukrainian student have questions or need support, please contact:

The following information on studies also apply to students from Ukraine with non-Ukrainian citizenship, who on February 24, 2022, have resided legally and not only temporarily (at least 90 days) in Ukraine and cannot safely and permanently return to their country of origin, i.e. already had a protection status in Ukraine (§ 24 Residence Act).

Applications as degree seeking students for undergraduate programs are possible if the students have already successfully completed one academic year in Ukraine and have the necessary German language skills (C1). If you have any questions, please contact us at Questions regarding the degree programs offered at the University of Freiburg should be directed to the Student Advisory Service of the Student Service Center:

Tuition fees, already approved scholarships and Bafög

Students from Ukraine who have a residence title according to § 24 of the Residence Act and who take up studies in Baden-Württemberg are exempt from the obligation to pay tuition fees for international students starting with the summer semester 2022 (§ 5 paragraph 1 number 5 Landeshochschulgebührengesetz – LHGebG). The exemption is valid until February 25, 2025. Applications are being accepted by International Admissions and Services (IAS):

This includes Ukrainian nationals, stateless persons or nationals of third countries other than Ukraine who have enjoyed international protection or equivalent national protection in Ukraine prior to February 24, 2022, and are unable to return safely and permanently to their country or region of origin.

Students from Ukraine with already approved scholarships can extend their stay. For questions, please contact International Admissions and Services (IAS) at the University of Freiburg:

Ukrainian refugees who have taken up or are taking up studies in Germany can only receive BAföG if they themselves or one of their parents have resided in Germany for several years and have been legally employed. For students who have now fled, financial security during the first 18 months is provided by benefits under the Asylum Seekers’ Benefits Act, for which a residence permit under Section 24 of the Residence Act is a prerequisite. This residence permit is issued by the responsible foreigners authority; those affected can apply at central contact points or at the nearest foreigners authority.

As of June 1, 2022, residence permit holders pursuant to § 24 AufenthG or a corresponding fictitious certificate pursuant to § 81 paragraph 5 in connection with paragraph 3 or 4 AufenthG, can receive BAföG if they have proof of having an appropriate language level and the subject-related requirements for university studies.

Students from Ukraine with non-Ukrainian citizenship

Non-Ukrainian third-country nationals who have resided lawfully and not only temporarily (at least 90 days) in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, and who cannot return safely and permanently to their country of origin, i.e. who already had a protection status in Ukraine, are also granted protection (§ 24 Residence Act).

MWK contact point for students from Ukraine

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) has set up a central contact point for students from Ukraine. From now on, refugees from the war zone can obtain information about studying in Baden-Württemberg. Further information on the contact point can be found in the MWK press release.

Online course for Ukrainian and Freiburg students

University College Freiburg offers the “Digital Interdisciplinary Mini Academy” for Ukrainian and Freiburg students. The offer, which is carried out with Ukrainian partner universities, is funded by the DAAD.

For further assistance, such as housing or psychosocial support, please use the assistance services listed on our website. We also encourage all students and employees of the University to support existing relief initiatives, like the city’s housing initiative you find on our website.

All institutional teaching and study collaborations with Russia and Belarus are suspended, as are joint courses (including digital) with Russian institutions. Individual contacts and study projects may continue for the time being.

Studying abroad to Ukraine, Russia and Belarus for University of Freiburg students is not possible until further notice.