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.
At the moment an application is not possible. We will probably announce end of January when and if an application will be possible again.
In case that you are planning to apply at the next possible occasion please note that you will need a Vorprüfungsdokumentation by uni-assist and a TestAS certificate. The next TestAS will take place 22 April 2023. Please register now for it.
Learn German and Discover our Universities
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.
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 A1 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 that have already obtained a master degree are not eligible to apply.
- Refugees residing in Bremen and Bremerhaven and the Landkreise (counties) Ammerland, Aurich, Wesermarsch, Cloppenburg, Cuxhaven, Diepholz, Leer, Nienburg, Oldenburg, Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Rotenburg/Wümme, Stade, Vechta, Verden, Westerstede, Wittmund sowie den kreisfreien Städten Delmenhorst, Oldenburg, Wilhelmshaven
1. Online Registrationmore details
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:
2. TestASmore details
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. In case of admission to the :here studies the costs can be refunded.
The TestAS certificate for a course start in April 2023 has to be submitted to the Academy until 15 February 2023.
Ukrainian refugees can register for the digital campus of the DAAD and pass the TestAS for free.
TestAS is conducted in German or English. For a reasonable result, we recommend a language level of at least B1.
3. uni-assist Evaluationmore details
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 have to upload school and university certificates, also translated into German or English by a sworn translator.
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.This takes about 6 weeks time. If you have this already for the University of Bremen not older than 1 year 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:
4. Admissionmore details
The ranking for admission is based the TestAS results and places availiable. The steering commission is responsible for the selection.
5. Course Start – HERE Studiesmore details
Application for a course start in April is closed.
We will announce within the next months when the next courses will start.
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.
Deadlines for the application for a course start in April 2023:
The Vorprüfungsdokumentation by uni-assist has to be submiited until 15th January 2023
The result of the TestAS has to be submitted until 15th February 2023
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 appropriate office .
There are some foundations who support refugees for studies.
Which Universities in Bremen will take in :here studies candidates?
After completing :here studies the 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 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.