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Course offers in the state of Brandenburg

Brandenburg is home to three universities (in Cottbus and Senftenberg, Frankfurt (Oder), Potsdam), four universities of applied sciences (Brandenburg an der Havel, Eberswalde, Wildau, and Potsdam), as well the film university in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Currently, around 48,500 students are enrolled in universities throughout the state that offer approximately 340 degree programs.

An information platform outlining the course offers within the state can be found here:

https://www.studieren-in-brandenburg.de/.

Study Programmes for Refugees

University of Potsdam
http://www.uni-potsdam.de/studium/data-storage/zielgruppenbereich/refugees/ 

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg
https://www.b-tu.de/en/international/refugees/entrance-into-study-programmes

European University Viadrina
https://www.europa-uni.de/de/ueber_uns/projekte/welcome_viadrina/index.html

Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf
http://www.filmuniversitaet.de/de/studium-bewerbung/auslandsamt/refugees-welcome-angebote.html

Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
https://www.fh-potsdam.de/informieren/service/studierendenservice/international-office/studieninformationen-fuer-gefluechtete/

Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development
http://www.hnee.de/fluechtlinge

Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences
http://www.th-brandenburg.de/refugees.html

Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau
http://www.th-wildau.de/refugees

Higher Education for Refugees- free advice center for refugees
http://www.facebook.com/here.potsdam

Enrolling for a degree program or as a guest student  

You have two options if you wish to participate in courses offered by the universities: you can either enroll in a degree program or audit courses as a guest student.

If you would like to enroll in or register for a degree program, you must demonstrate that you are in possession of a university entrance qualification. If you have obtained this qualification abroad, it must be equivalent to a German university entrance qualification. You will also need to prove adequate language skills - usually in German.

No tuition fees

All degree programs at universities in the state of Brandenburg - with the exception of further education courses - are free of tuition fees. However, the following fees are payable upon enrollment:

- semester fees for the students unions,

- student body contributions (students’ union executive committee),

- semester ticket fees,

- enrollment and re-registration fees, as well as

- some administrative fees.

The specific fee amounts can be found on the university websites:

University of Potsdam
https://www.uni-potsdam.de/studium/konkret/studienorganisation/rueckmeldung/

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg
https://www.b-tu.de/studierende/studierendenservice/studierendenservice-universitaere-studiengaenge/rueckmeldung

European University Viadrina
https://www.europa-uni.de/de/studium/informationen/semesterbeitrag.html

Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf
http://www.filmuniversitaet.de/de/studium-bewerbung/studium/rueckmeldung.html

Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
http://www.fh-potsdam.de/studieren/vor-dem-studium/bewerbung/immatrikulation/

Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences
https://www.fh-brandenburg.de/rueckmeldung.html?&MP=7-305

Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau
https://www.th-wildau.de/im-studium/hochschulservice-studierende/rueckmeldung-direktstudium.html

Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development
http://www.hnee.de/de/Studium/Infos-zum-Studium/Fuer-Studierende/Rueckmeldung/Informationen-zur-Rueckmeldung-zum-Wintersemester-2015-E1785.htm

Most universities charge fees even for guest students. More information on the specific amounts can also be found on the university websites. In cases of hardship and as compensation for disadvantages, the universities provide some options for exemptions from fees. For information please contact the universities.

Guest students

As a guest student you can attend courses and gain an insight into the German university system. Guest students can receive a certificate confirming attendance. Based on the enrollment regulations of individual universities, guest students may complete examination requirements and earn credits (ECTS – European Credit Transfer System), which may be credited towards future studies. For more detailed information on whether or how this is possible, please contact the university directly.

Application and enrollment

The deadlines for application to the individual degree programs and enrollment (registration) vary at each university. Please inform yourself directly via the relevant websites:

University of Potsdam
http://www.uni-potsdam.de/studium/zugang.html

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg
https://www.b-tu.de/studium/bewerbung-und-zulassung

European University Viadrina
https://study.europa-uni.de/de/studieren/bewerben/grundstaendig/index.html

Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf
http://www.filmuniversitaet.de/de/studium-bewerbung/auslandsamt/refugees-welcome-angebote.html

Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
http://www.fh-potsdam.de/studieren/vor-dem-studium/bewerbung/

Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences
www.fh-brandenburg.de/bewerbung.html

Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau
https://www.th-wildau.de/vor-dem-studium/wiemansichbewirbt.html

Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development
http://www.hnee.de/de/Studium/Infos-zum-Studium/Fuer-Studieninteressierte/Bewerbung/Informationen-fuer-Studienbewerberinnen-und-Studienbewerber-K1874.htm

For applications via uni-assist, the University Application Center for International Students: http://www.uni-assist.de/), the deadline is usually three to four months prior to the commencement of studies. In the instance of restricted-admissions programs – for which the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places – you must also submit your application well before the commencement of studies

Restricted-admissions programs

Some degree programs are subject to admission restrictions because the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places. The Brandenburg Higher Education Admissions Law (BbgHZG) stipulates preliminary quotas for foreign applicants. According to these quotas, 8 percent of places in a selection process may be reserved for foreign applicants. If the number of foreign applicants exceeds the number of places made available by the quota, the places will be allocated according to the level of qualification. However, special circumstances pertaining to a course of study at a German university may also be taken into account. Such special circumstances exist if you enjoy the right of asylum as a study applicant.

Details on the selection process can be found on the university websites:

http://www.uni-potsdam.de/studium/zugang/bewerbung-bachelor/auswahlverfahren.html

University of Potsdam
https://www.uni-potsdam.de/studium/zugang/bewerbung-bachelor/auswahlverfahren.html

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg
https://www.b-tu.de/international/incomings/im-studium/stipendien

European University Viadrina
https://study.europa-uni.de/de/kuwi/masterstudiengaenge/MKWKM/Auswahlverfahren/index.html

Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
http://www.fh-potsdam.de/bewerben/studienplaetze/studienplatzvergabe/auslaendische-studierende/vollstudium/

Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences
https://www.fh-brandenburg.de/bewerben-hochschulzugang.html

Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau
https://www.th-wildau.de/vor-dem-studium/wiemansichbewirbt.html

Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development
 http://www.hnee.de/de/Studium/Infos-zum-Studium/Fuer-Studieninteressierte/Bewerbung/Informationen-fuer-Studienbewerberinnen-und-Studienbewerber-E3307.htm

Recognition of qualifications in higher education – Information of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs http://www.kmk.org/zab/anerkennung-im-hochschulbereich.html

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