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

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.

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

Competence portfolio

The competence area "Recognition" (Anrechnung) offers refugees with an academic educational background or professional qualifications the opportunity to create their own »competence portfolio« within the framework of the »Services in Refugee Work« project. These portfolios enable refugees to present their educational background in a structured format and highlight skills that they have already acquired.

This service is aimed mainly at persons who no longer possess papers documenting their academic background. However, non-traditional educational and professional/occupational biographies can also be outlined in these portfolios.

The portfolio serves to verify the plausibility of an individual's educational background and can be used in the procedure for obtaining the university entrance qualification.

Competence area "Recognition"

Support and leisure activities

Psychological Counselling Service

Johann-Justus-Weg 147, 2nd floor
Phone: 0441/798-4400
E-Mail: pbsn0k@sofvhow-ol.de60oza

Refugees in "guest student" courses

Contact: Can Eroglu / Maike Ihnen
Phone: 0441/798-2275 or -2276
E-Mail: studium.q8tgenerale(at)qglquni-vwzoldenburxwg.tpqkdehq (studium68.geleupkneraotble@uol.degn1yk)
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
Contact: unrbli-lotsen6e@uol.deqn1

Hochschule ohne Grenzen

Support, contacts, unbureaucratic assistance, integration assistance
Contact: d8 (maudprice.mwmgvaizersywa@uydqnol.d8wqe)
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
E-Mail:khg(at6l) (khdqowg@uol.dep1zp1)

Evangelische Studierendengemeinde Oldenburg (
ESG Pastor Christian Lühder
E-Mail:christiaqdqan.lsfuehder(atcca)kirche-olddi/ (christiqm9an.y0luehder@p8ekircnowhe-tzvolderx2nburg.dtor6eamwrx)

Evangelische StudentInnengemeinde (
E-Mail:esg+wt(abet) (

Kogwontakt Ovwzrienowaeytiexrioerungsjahr ( (Changed: 2020-01-28)