Hochschule Niederrhein. Your way.

Welcome to HSNR!

We are happy to provide help and support if you are a refugee and ...

  • would like to know how to prepare (with regard to language and other skills) for your studies in advance.

  • would like to start your studies at the Hochschule Niederrhein (HSNR).

  • would like to continue your studies at the HSNR.

Up-to-date information on preparatory courses, study options and guidance you will find on this website.

Should you need further personal advice, please feel free to contact our refugees team.

The HSNR offers German language courses to refugees who have a higher education entrance qualification so that they can pursue German-taught degree programmes.

Depending on the applicants' average language proficiency, courses start at level B1, B2 and/or C1 and are designed to prepare students for the DSH examination (German language test for university admission).

The DSH exam is offered by the HSNR in cooperation with the University of Duisburg-Essen.

New courses are expected to start in March 2024.

How do I apply for a German course?

Please complete this application form and send it together with your other application documents by e-mail to deutschkurs(at)

For more information on the application process, please refer to the following frequently asked questions (FAQ):

Support services for refugee students

Refugee students receive advice, guidance and support on campus from our orientation tutors (O-Tutors), who are part of the GLOBUS community.

Services include:

  • advice sessions via Zoom: please arrange an appointment directly with the tutors.

  • initial advice in German, English, Ukrainian or Russian

  • content-related advice on the programmes as well as on language and preparatory study courses offered by the HSNR

  • help with the application via uni-assist or with filling out a Bafög (financial support for students) application form

  • answering e-mail inquiries

  • guidance during the introductory phase of studies

Please contact our tutors using this e-mail address: refugees(at)


Country of Origin: Germany
Language Skills: German, English
Degree programme:



Age: 33
Country of Origin: Germany
Language Skills: German, English
Degree programme: MA International Migration and Intercultural Relations
Email: tanja.luyten(at)

Hello everyone and welcome to GLOBUS and the Hochschule Niederrhein!
My name is Tanja, I graduated from the Hochschule Niederrhein in February 2022 with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. Currently, I am studying my Master International Migration and Intercultural Relations at the University of Osnabrück and joined the GLOBUS team as an orientation tutor in 2019.

Through my stays abroad, as well as social and cultural projects, I really enjoy working with people from different cultures and planning activities together. I am looking forward to the time together, in which I can get to know you, guide and support you.



Support services for refugee academics

HSNR offers refugee academics opportunities to continue their academic or professional careers as part of the DAAD-funded PROFI project .

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Studying at the HSNR

If you have already decided on a degree programme, we will inform you about the admission requirements and the application procedure on our website for prospective international students.

You can also find a lot of information about programmes for refugees on the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Getting to know HSNR

If you do not yet know what you would like to study at HSNR, there are several ways to get to know our degree programmes better.

Below we will introduce you to three orientation programmes at HSNR, on which we are happy to provide further personal advice if required.

Student shadowing

Student shadowing allows you to experience student life at the HSNR for one day.

You will accompany a student from your chosen degree programme and attend lectures with her or him. In this way you will get to know the facilities of the university (such as the library or the refectory) and can ask many questions.

For more information, please refer to this leaflet on student shadowing.

Guest student

As a guest student at HSNR you can attend selected courses for one semester.

While being a guest student you can decide whether this particular degree programme is the right one for you.

At the same time, you can get used to the academic language and evaluate whether your language proficiency is sufficient.

As a guest student, you will receive a guest student ID card, which also allows you to use the library free of charge.

Being a guest student - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the difference to regular students?

  • As a guest student, you cannot take any exams and therefore cannot obtain a degree.
  • The guest student status has no effect on a later application for a regular study place.
  • You are not entitled to the semester ticket to use busses and trains.
  • As a guest student, you cannot apply for student funding (BAföG).

What requirements do I have to meet?

To be a guest student you:

  • have to be of legal age;
  • have a residence permit or have to be an asylum seeker;
  • have started or completed studies in your home country.

What German language skills do I need?

Since almost all courses are taught in German, you should have a good basic knowledge of the German language.

Only for the Bachelor's degree programmes Textile and Clothing Management  as well as Sales and Marketing and the Master's degree programmes Textile Trade and Technology and International Management no knowledge of German is required, as lectures are held in English only.

What are the guest student study fees?

In most circumstances the guest student fee of 100€ is waived because asylum seekers are considered in need.

What documents do I need to provide?

If you would like to apply for guest student status at HSNR, you would need to enclose the following documents:

  • Proof of arrival or residence permit;
  • Proof of academic achievements;
  • Proof of German language skills (these can also be assessed in an interview).

How do I apply as a guest student?

Please complete the guest student application and return it to Nicole Blankenhagel.

Open lectures

Of course you can also attend our regular open first-semester lectures.

Attending these lectures will give you a good first impression of the degree programme, you will get to know lecturers and students and experience the atmosphere on campus.

Detailed information about the lectures and registration you will find here:
Open lectures - Registration

NRWege ins Studium - Scholarships for Refugees

From 2023 to 2027, the HSNR can award scholarships to refugees as part of the NRWege ins Studium programme, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Scholarships are awarded refugee students who are highly motivated and very likely to thrive in their studies.

Students who would like to apply for a scholarship need to be enrolled as a regular student at HSNR and have a refugee status.

The amount of funding depends on the type of scholarship and the funding period and is limited to a maximum of 934,- € per month.

Partial scholarships can be awarded, too. A partial scholarship amounts to a maximum of 300,- €.

Applicants for a full-time scholarship will have to prove that they have applied for BAföG (student funding) and that the application has been rejected or not yet approved. BAföG recipients can receive a scholarship of 300,- €.

Two types of scholarships:

  • Full scholarship: 934,- € per month for a maximum of one year.
  • Partial scholarship (as a supplement to e.g. BaföG): of 300,- € for a maximum of one year with above-average academic achievements.

Application deadlines

  • For funding from the winter semester: 15.08.*
  • For funding from the summer semester: 15.02.*

(*receipt of application documents by email)

Application documents

  • Full/Partial Scholarships:

    1) Proof of enrolment as regular student at HSNR.

    2) Proof of a refugee background (e.g. ID/passport copy, residence title, see information sheet "approved residence titles").

    3) Proof of higher education entrance qualification abroad.

    4) Proof of German language skills (copy of certificate).

    5) Written confirmation by the applicant that he/she is unable to finance his/her studies in any other way, as well as a confirmation that additional benefits (BAföG) have been applied for and that the results of the application will be communicated as soon as possible.

    6) Letter of motivation which clearly states the interest to pursue further studies to build on the previous educational background and the necessity for support (at least one DIN A4 page, see information sheet "Information on the Letter of Motivation").

    7) It is important for applicants to be willing to provide required data/information throughout the funding period to the university and to participate in surveys/studies.

    8) It is vital that based on previous educational background, a successful course of studying is foreseeable.

    9) For a follow-up scholarship or in the case of an initial application from the 4th semester onwards, a positive report from a university lecturer confirming the personal and professional suitability of the applicant is to be submitted.

    10) In the case of follow-up scholarships or in the case of an initial application from the 4th semester onwards, proof of study results from the previous period have to be submitted.

    11) Applicants have to submit a written statement that they are willing to make use of counselling services on a regular basis.

    12) For a follow-up scholarship it is also required that applicants made use of counselling services and, in addition, that they are willing to continue to use counselling services as well as to help voluntarily in the program / the university counselling services.

    13) Optional: Proof of social commitment.


Selection procedure

Applications are evaluated and candidates chosen by a selection committee on the basis of their performance, the level of their German language skills, the quality of their letter of motivation (in the case of studies and graduation scholarships, the quality of the expert opinion) and their financial situation. Successful applicants are subsequently notified in writing.

There is no entitlement to a scholarship.

Other scholarships will be counted towards the scholarship. The total amount may not exceed 861,- €, i.e. scholarship rate is reduced by this.

BAföG recipients can receive - if selected - 300,- €.

Applications without financial support will be selected preferentially in case of equal suitability.

Only complete and timely submitted documents will be considered.

Nicole Blankenhagel, M.A.
International Office Refugee coordinator, support programmes