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Refugees Welcome - Opportunities for Refugees

Photo: Karla Fritze
The University of Potsdam welcomes you. Our university offers refugees numerous opportunities to prepare for university studies in Germany or to resume your studies.

Together for Refugees

Declaration of the Brandenburger Hochschulrektorenkonferenz for supporting refugees in advise & preparation for study and sharing in social, cultural & academic life.

Our Programs

Refugee Teachers Program

The University of Potsdam is offering a special program for teachers who are refugees. Its goal is to open up future opportunities for refugee teachers in the German educational system.

The Integration through Study Program - IdSUP

Refugees with study experience from their home countries can apply through the Integration through Study (IdSUP) program.

Qualification Program in Business for Academics

UP Transfer GmbH at the University of Potsdam is offering a qualification program in business through the IQ Netzwerk Brandenburg for academics with an immigration background.


The student-run university group Pangea-Projekt offers free language courses for refugees. These courses take place at the Campus Am Neuen Palais.

Service & Support

Refugees Welcome Coordinator

If you have already studied at a university in your home country and would like to continue your studies here in Potsdam, please get in touch with Diana Gonzalez.

Law Clinic for Integration Law

Law students provide advice to refugees, volunteers, and organizations for issues regarding asylum and residence rights, as well as questions about everyday life, contracts, and insurance.

Psychological Counseling for Refugees

Our services are for refugees and also available for voluntary workers as well as university employees.

Scholars at Risk

Scholars at Risk will be assisted by the Welcome Center. We give advice for research & funding options and help you to establish initial contacts at the university.

The University of Potsdam is a member of the worlwide network „Scholars at Risk“ and is involved in different network activities. Scholars or hosts are requested to contact the Welcome Center to get more detailed information about specific options of support.

Auditor status for refugees

The University of Potsdam also offers refugees the option of attending specific, appropriate courses as an auditor. This is done within the limits of existing seat capacities. As an auditor, you can take a closer look at the German university system and prepare for regular studies. Please note that participating as an auditor is not the same as regular university studies.

You can apply for auditor status in the Office of Student Affairs. Auditor status for refugees is permitted one semester at a time; there are no fees.

Contact person


Campus Am Neuen Palais
International Office
Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam
House 8, room 0.36


consulting hours
Mo: 10:00 - 12:00 Uhr
Di: 13:00 - 15:00 Uhr

Phone hours:
Do: 13:00 - 15:00 Uhr