First Contact and Counselling for Refugees

Katja Kaboth

+49 (0)441 798-4783

A12 3-305

Tuesday 10 am–12.30 pm and 14.30 pm–16.30 pm
Thursday 10 am–12.30 pm
Telephone enquiries are welcome any time outside our office hours.

International Office

Services and Programmes for Refugees

Welcome to the University of Oldenburg!

Are you a refugee and interested in studying at the University of Oldenburg? Our university is a place that is open to the world. Diversity of opinion and international exchange form the basis of our scientific activities.

We offer advisory services and academic programmes as well as language courses and support and leisure activities to refugees who hold a university entrance qualification or have an academic educational background. Our goal here is to integrate them into our community and support them on their path to studying in Germany.

During a personal consultation we can help you decide what your next steps should be. We can also advise you on how other university facilities and services can help.

Orientation Year for refugees

Please note that applications will no longer be processed.
Currently Jade University offers German courses for refugees:

With the Orientation Year the University of Oldenburg offers an education programme specifically for people with a current refugee background.

The Orientation Year is aimed at refugees who want to prepare for starting or continuing university studies in Germany and acquire the necessary German language skills.

This programme includes

  • language courses in which you can acquire the German skills needed for attaining the German university entrance qualification
  • opportunities to get an idea of what studying a specific subject is like, including working with other students
  • introductory and follow-on courses on academic working methods in Germany
  • specific support and advisory services                     

The programme ties in with the university's regular language courses and degree programmes so that participants are integrated into the university community during their orientation year.

Participants in the Orientation Year programme are not awarded a university entrance qualification or an academic degree.

Participants are enrolled as guest students and are exempt from all fees.

More information on the application procedure


Those who have already studied in their home country or hold a qualification that entitles them to study at university level can apply for a place at the University of Oldenburg.

Application and Enrolment 

General information on studying and living in Germany, provided by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD

Project "Kurswechsel"

Information currently only available in German:

Im November 2020 startet das Projekt “Kurswechsel” – ein neues Angebot zur Beratung und Begleitung von Studienabbrecher*innen mit Flucht- und Migrationserfahrungen. Es hat das Ziel, ein individuelles und digitales Begleitangebot zu schaffen, um einen selbstbestimmten und nachhaltigen Berufseinstieg in Deutschland zu ermöglichen.



Support and leisure activities

Psychological Counselling Service

Johann-Justus-Weg 147, 2nd floor
Phone: 0441/798-4400

Refugees in "guest student" courses

Contact: Can Eroglu / Maike Ihnen
Phone: 0441/798-2275 or -2276
V02-0-016 or 0-015

ReWis - Refugees welcome in sports

Facebook group: Refugees Welcome in Sports

Integration Pilot Service for Foreign Students (Uni-Lotsen)

Support and diverse services to promote integration

Hochschule ohne Grenzen

Support, contacts, unbureaucratic assistance, integration assistance
Phone: 0441/798-2673

Church-based university groups

The church-based university groups – the Katholische Hochschulgemeinde and the Evangelische Studierendengemeinde – offer refugees support and counselling at their information centres, take care of their individual needs and organise events for them.

Contact persons and addresses:

Katholische Hochschulgemeinde (
University Chaplain Matthias Klöppinger

Evangelische Studierendengemeinde Oldenburg (
ESG Pastor Christian Lühder

Evangelische StudentInnengemeinde (

(Changed: 2020-08-03)