HERE Studies – Preparational Studies for Refugees

:here studies prepares refugees for university studies in Bremen and Bremerhaven. It offers language and study preparation courses and is designed to provide a foundation for successfull university studies.

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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    Registration for January intake is open  until November 29. Minimum German language level needed is B2 completed.

  • 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.


  • 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. Given you have already passed the required certificate, you can apply for these courses:

    • April – A1 certificate needed - Registation period December to February - Registration TestAS until January 7.
    • July – A2 certificate needed
    • September – B1 certificate needed
    • January – B2 certificate needed - Registration period until November 29. Registration TestAS until November 8.

    If you have already reach German C1 certificate until March and need to pass the Festellungsprüfung at a Studienkolleg, you can apply for January intake as well. The curricular courses for the Zugangsprüfung will start iin April then.



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:

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 - depeng 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.