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DAAD study shows more and more refugees succeed in entering German higher education institutions

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has published a third study in the framework of a publication series set-up in cooperation with the German Centre for Higher Education and Science Research (DZHW). The study shows that more and more refugees are successfully entering the German higher education system.
By the end of 2019, more than 30,000 refugees interested in higher education studies took part in preparatory courses offered through the DAAD programmes for refugees. Furthermore, around 32,000 refugees are currently regularly enrolled at German higher education institutions.

The DAAD runs various programmes to support refugees in Germany. They are in place since 2016 and are funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Next to the two DAAD programmes “Integra” and “Welcome”, a new support programme, called “Profi”, was launched in 2020. The programme offers foreign academics with a refugee background a fast track to earning a university degree or certificate at a German institution of higher education. The aim is to provide highly qualified refugees in Germany better chances to participate and integrate in the German labour market.


More information on the DAAD page “Refugees at Higher Education Institutions” here.