Folkwang

Study opportunities for refugees

If you have come to Germany as a refugee and are interested in beginning or continuing your studies at Folkwang University of the Arts, we would like to offer information and support.

Information on our commitment to Ukraine as well as projects and support options for refugees (e.g. information on entry to Germany, accommodation options and social security benefits) is available here.

Can I apply for a full study course at Folkwang University of the Arts?

If you meet the admission requirements, you can apply for any study course. Information on the admission requirements and the aptitude test can be found on the "Basic Info & Application" page of the study course in question. One of the prerequisites for admission is passing aptitude test for that study course.

 

For general information on how to submit an application, take a look at our website on our application process.

Is there an option for short-term study at Folkwang?

Folkwang University of the Arts would like to support refugee students in continuing their studies as quickly as possible. In individual cases and as long as places are available in the respective faculty, we can offer students a short-term stay as a "free mover" (or as a guest auditor) for one or two semesters.

 

Free movers can attend classes as part of their chosen study course and take exams. They are registered as students, so they also receive a semester ticket, for example. However, their studies are limited to one or two semesters. Those who wish to continue studying at Folkwang after this period must apply for a regular place in their desired study course at the same time. In order to be able to study as a free mover for a limited period of time, you must pass a small entrance examination.

 

Guest auditors with a refugee background can also attend courses and take exams. However, they are not enrolled as students, i.e. they do not have student status. Guest auditor status is granted for one semester at a time.

 

If you would like to continue on as a regular student after your stay as a free mover or guest auditor, you need to apply as a regular student and pass the aptitude test for your chosen study course.

 

If you are interested in becoming a free mover or guest auditor, please contact the Student Advisory Service

Due to the current crisis, I don’t have access to all of my documents (e.g. school leaving certificates). Can I still apply?

For refugees who do not have all of their documents with them, other ways of documenting or assessing their educational career may be accepted. 

 

For more information, please contact the Student Advisory Service with details of your desired study course, your educational background and whatever documentation you have.

Can I learn German at Folkwang?

Folkwang University of the Arts does not offer German language classes. Refugees may choose to take German lessons as part of an integration course (e.g. at the local Volkshochschule/VHS).

Am I eligible for admission with a Ukrainian secondary school certificate?

Depending on the type of school-leaving certificate, applicants from Ukraine usually have to prove that they have successfully completed one or two years of study at a university in order to be able to apply to a German university. You can check the requirements for specific certificates here.

 

At universities of the arts, however, admission to many undergraduate (e.g. bachelor's) courses is also possible for applicants who do not meet this requirement if they have exceptional artistic talent. Check our "Basic Info & Application" website for your chosen study course to see if this applies.

 

Exceptional artistic talent can be demonstrated in the aptitude test, which is part of the application process for all applicants to Folkwang University of the Arts.

Can I study at Folkwang if I do not speak German?

Some German language skills are generally required; the degree of proficiency that you need to have depends on your chosen study course. This information can be found on our "Basic Info & Application" website for the study course in question.

 

If you have not reached the required level of German proficiency yet, admission as a free mover (for one or two semesters) or as a guest auditor may still be an option. For more information on this, contact the Student Advisory Service.

I was a student already, at a different university. Can I continue my studies at Folkwang?

If you meet the admission requirements, you can apply for any study course. Information on the admission requirements and the aptitude test can be found on the "Basic Info & Application" page of the study course in question. One of the prerequisites for admission is passing aptitude test for that study course.

 

Once you have passed the aptitude test and enrolled as a student, you can submit an application for recognition of examination performances. This is a way to receive credits towards your study course at Folkwang for classes you have taken at a different university. In order to be recognized, these academic achievements must be equivalent (especially regarding learning outcomes, academic level, workload and profile of the study course) to the corresponding classes at Folkwang University of the Arts. Depending on the extent of this recognition, it is then possible to enter a higher semester. 

 

If you do not have your transcript of records or comparable documents with you due to the current crisis, please contact the Student Advisory Service (studienberatung(at)folkwang-uni.de) for more information.

Consultation with the Student Advisory Service

If you have questions or need help with your application, you can reach the Student Advisory Service by phone, by e-mail or in person, during our consultation hours for refugees:   

Tuesdays, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. in room V015, Essen-Werden Campus
(Please note: There will be no consultations between July 4th and 24th 2022)

There is no need to sign up for a consultation in advance, drop-ins are welcome.

Nora Naujoks

Department Studies and International Affairs | Student advisory service (in parental leave representation)

Email

+49 (0)201_4903-384