Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Students or prospective students who are refugees
I fled from Ukraine to Ukraine and have questions regarding my status of residency.
People who had to flee Ukraine are allowed to enter Germany without a visa and stay here for up to 90 days without a visa. This applies to both Ukrainian citizens and people of other nationalities who were in Ukraine on February 24, 2022 and fled.
- Those who have not yet resided in Germany for 90 days as of August 31, 2022, or who will not enter Germany until that date, may continue to reside in Germany beyond that date until a period of 90 days is reached, based on the Ukraine Residence Transition Ordinance (UAÜV). On the 90th day at the latest, an application for a residence permit must be submitted to the local immigration office.
- Anyone who has already been in Germany for 90 days or more as of August 31, 2022, and wishes to remain in Germany must submit an application for a residence permit to the local immigration office no later than August 31, 2022. The application for a residence permit will result in the permitted stay being extended (Section 81 (3) sentence 1 Residence Act).
Ukrainian citizens who have fled Ukraine can be recognized in a simplified procedure as war refugees according to § 24 AufenthG. This also applies to third-country nationals who have fled Ukraine, if they either have a permanent right of residence in Ukraine or are at risk in their home country. This means: You will receive a right of residence for an initial period of one year, may work, study and you will be entitled to social benefits (financial support, medical care, accommodation).
For this purpose, registration with the immigration office of your current place of residence is necessary:
- If you already have a permanent accommodation in Berlin: Registration LEA Berlin
- If you are currently in Berlin but do not have a permanent accommodation: Registration LAF Berlin (you will be distributed throughout Germany accodring to a quota system)
- If you are currently in Potsdam and havepermanenthousing there: Please send an email with your contact information to auslaenderbehoerde-ukraineurathaus.potsdampde
You do not need to apply for asylum.
Germany4Ukraine (in Ukrainian, German, English)
National Academic Contact Point Ukraine(in Ukrainian, German, English)
Information for Potsdam (in Ukrainian and German)
Information for Berlin(in Ukraninian, English and German)
Can I register as an auditor at the University of Potsdam?
The University of Potsdam has an offer for auditors.
Can I learn German at the University of Potsdam?
- Study preparation and preparatory German courses that can be taken before the application for a bachelor degree and before being admitted to the bachelor studies:
- German Language Exam for University Admission Course (DSH): Please check the requirements.
- More preparatory German courses will presumably be offered in the winter semester 2022/23.
- There will presumably be no study preparation courses for German beginner level. In order to get to the B1-level you should take German classes in one of the language schools which also offer integration courses:
- in Potsdam: https://integrationslupe.potsdam.de/kategorie/integrationskurse
- in Berlin: https://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/325517/
- German taught by volontary students of the University of Potsdam: Pangea Projekt
- German as a foreign language courses (not study preparatory, not intensive) at the Zessko (Center for Languages and Key Competences) of the University of Potsdam: Please note, there is no guarantee for a course placement. However you should definitely try. When registering, you should mention that you are a refugee from Ukraine. If you get a place in one of the German courses, you can enroll as an auditor (“Gasthörer”).
Can I study at the university without any skills of German?
Yes. The University of Potsdam offers a wide range of English-language master's degree programs.
Depending on the agreements with the supervisors it is It is possible to do a doctoral degree without any German language skills.
I have graduated from school in Ukraine and have not yet studied or am in the first year of my studies. Can I apply at the University of Potsdam?
If you graduated from school in Ukraine after 2012, you must have completed one academic year in Ukraine before you can apply to a German university. You can find more information here: https://anabin.kmk.org/no_cache/filter/schulabschluesse-mit-hochschulzugang.html#land_gewaehlt.
If you have not yet studied in the Ukraine or were unable to complete the first year of study (i.e. if you do not have proof of having completed the first year of study), then you must first complete the program Study Preparation Brandenburg: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/zessko/the-introductory-study-phase/international-eng/spb.
The prerequisite is a B2 German certificate, the application deadline is probably August 15th.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Students and Doctoral Students of the University of Potsdam
I am a student of the University of Potsdam and plan to study or do an internship in Russia or Belarus. What do I have to consider?
There are no nominations of students from Potsdam for studies in Russia. Internships in Russia and Belarus will not take place until revoked.
Partnerships with Russia are suspended. The boards of the Russian partner universities have been informed.
I am pursuing a doctorate in a cotutelle-de-thèse procedure. What do I have to consider?
Ongoing cotutelle procedures will continue to be conducted. This is also the case for inviations of Russian doctoral candidates to come to Germany.
New cotutelle procedures will not be set up.
Planned cotutelle procedure which have not been contractually agreed on will be ceased.