Learn German and Discover our Universities

Studierende auf dem Campus © Matej Meza/Universität Bremen

Reading scientific texts, writing seminar papers, communicate in an academic world. :here studies offers German language up to level C1 and fundamental and subject-specific preparation. You will learn German in small groups trained by highly qualified teachers. Beside that you will gain in workshops key-qualifications like literature research, scientific writing and time management. :here studies is exclusivly for refugees. If you have further questions please feel free to contact us. We speak German, English, Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish and Spanish.


You can fill in this form to register.

What does HERE Studies offer?

For admission to studies you need a solid language preparation. German language on the level of C1 is the starting point for successfull studies.

  • Counselling service for studies in Bremen and Bremerhaven
  • German language A2 to C1
  • Subject specific preparation
  • Methodological preparation
  • Preparation for the Bremen Universities Entrance Exam
  • Plausibility check for missing educational documention

Who can participate?

  • Refugees with at least a higher secondary degee that allows admission to German universities
  • Refugees without documentation of their qualification
  • Refugees residing in Bremen and Bremerhaven and  the Landkreise (counties) Ammerland, Aurich, Brake, Cloppenburg, Cuxhaven, Diepholz, Leer, Nienburg, Oldenburg, Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Rotenburg/Wümme, Stade, Vechta, Verden, Westerstede, Wittmund sowie den kreisfreien Städten Delmenhorst, Oldenburg, Wilhelmshaven
  • 1. Online Registration

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    The new application form will be availiable during March for July 2021 intake.

    Within the process of your application you have to decides for particular cluster. Here you'll find lists showing which Cluster includes which study program:

    Cluster GKG = Humanities, the Arts and social sciences
    Cluster MIN = Mathematics, computer science and sciences
    Cluster WIWI = Economics
    Cluster ING = Engineering

  • 2. TestAS

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    Test for Academic Studies

    TestAS is a central standardised aptitude test for foreign students. That can be done in German or English language. TestAS gives prospective students information about their individual ranking compared to other applicants. TestAS is crucial for admission to :here studies. Please check the next registration and test dates on the website of TestAS. Make sure to be fast because the spaces available are limited.


    Check out the sample questions on the TestAS website.


    TestAS is conducted in German or English. For a reasonable result, we recommend a language level of at least B1.
    TestAS liable to costs.

  • 3. uni-assist Evaluation

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    uni-assist evaluates if your qualification provides you higher education access. You need this evaluation as well as TestAS to apply for HERE Studies.  You only need to upload you documents. Currently, no certified copies have to be handed in.


    At uni assist you have to choose Universität Bremen and as course of study one of the the following


    • :here GKG
    • :here ING
    • :here MIN
    • :here WIWI

    You will receive a "Vorprüfungs-Dokumentation" (VPD) = Evaluation by uni-assist. If you have this already for the University of Bremen  you do not need  to do this a second time.


    In case you don't have any school leaving or university certificates, please contact us. We'll try to find for you to enter university.


    Step by step to the application at uni assist e.V.

    Our manuals (pdf) will guide you through the process on how to apply for a VPD at uni assist:

    Manual in English

    Manual in German

    Manual in Arabic

    Manual in Persian

    Manual in Turkish


  • 4. Admission

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    The ranking for admission is based the TestAS results and places availiable. The steering commission is responsible for the selection.

  • 5. Course Start – HERE Studies

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    Language courses start four times a year on different levels. Our courses start five times per year:


    • January 2022
      Application for :here studies from now on until November 30, 2021

    • March 2022
      Application for :here studies from December 1, 2021 to January 15, 2022

    • April 2022
      Application for :here studies from January 16, 2022 to February 28, 2022

    • July 2022
      Application for :here studies from March 1, 2022 to May 31, 2022

    • September 2022
      Application for :here studies from June 1, 2022 to July 15, 2022


    For a complete application, the VPD (Vorprüfungsdokumentation) by uni assist e.V. and a TestAS with at least 190 points in total are required. For the VPD please find our guideline here. If you have not yet passed the TestAS, we will register you for the test and contact you for further information.

    If you have already reached a German C1 certificate until March and only need to pass the Festellungsprüfung at a Studienkolleg, you can apply for January intake as well. Please find further information on the Zugangsprüfung or university entrance qualification on our website.



What does :here studies cost?

The :here studies courses are free of charge. During the preparation Refugees can recieve financial support by social security offices. For details please contact the apprpriate office .

There are some foundations who support refugees for studies: www.stipendienlotse.de

Which Universities in Bremen will take in :here studies candidates?

After completing :here studies following Universities in Bremen and Bremerhaven will take in our students:

What is the content of the program?

:here studies contain three major areas: Language learning, :here Mentoring and extracurricular courses as well as curricular courses preparing for the chosen study program.


The German language is the core skill and - depending on your start level - probably will be the largest part of your preparation. Beside the in class courses a tutoring and extra activities will be provided by the Language Center SZHB.

The HERE Mentoring provides regional and cultural studies, general information on the program and the universities. Additionally you will take part in intercultural trainings and seminars on study technics.

All courses are mandatory and :here studies is a full time program.