Details about Studium Generale for refugees

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences welcomes everyone searching for support, safety and new opportunities. This invitation also goes out to refugees interested in discovering our University as guest auditors in our Studium Generale programme.

Guest auditors do not have student status, but like students they can participate in Studium Generale lectures and improve their skills and knowledge in many different subject areas. Each semester, our faculties in Kleve (Technology and Bionics, Life Sciences, Society and Economics) and our faculty in Kamp-Lintfort (Communication and Environment) offer a range of lectures that are open to guest auditors. Lectures are in German or English. Please see Studium Generale for more information.

To register, please submit an application – including the lectures you want to visit – to the Student Advisory Service in Kleve or Kamp-Lintfort. There is no registration fee for registered asylum seekers. Guest auditors receive an official guest auditor card and can visit the lecture(s) on the application form during the indicated semester.


  • You can only register for Studium Generale lectures.
  • You cannot sit examinations or earn credit points towards a degree.
  • Guest auditor status does not influence your chances for admission as a student.
  • Guest auditor status does not influence applications for asylum in Germany.
  • Guest auditors are not eligible for federal scholarships (BAföG) or a Semesterticket.

Naturally, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences also welcomes applications for admission from refugees who meet the minimum study requirements. Please see programmes and modes of study for an overview of our study programmes.

For information about our the application process and recognising your academic qualifications in Germany, please visit our comprehensive overview or contact our Student Advisory Service directly.

To learn more about student life at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, please contact the Student4Student tutors at the Welcome Centre.


Overview of Studium Generale for asylum seekers:

Eligible: Registered asylum seekers 18 years or older who have or have applied for a valid German residence permit (Aufenthaltsgenehmigung).

Lectures and benefits: Guest auditors can register for any lecture in the Studium Generale programme during the ongoing semester. They also have full access to our on-campus libraries.

Registration: Registration is required. Guest auditor cards (issued by the Student Service Centre) are required to join lectures.

Fees: There is no fee for registered refugees.

Examinations/credit points: Guest auditors are not students and therefore cannot sit examinations or earn credit points. Participation certificates are available on request at the end of the lecture period.

Language requirements: Naturally, to understand the lecture you must speak the language of instruction (German or English) at an advanced level. There are no formal language certificate requirements to be a Guest Auditor, however.

German language courses: Registered asylum seekers participating in Studium Generale lectures can also join German language courses offered by the University. There is no registration fee for refugees. Please refer to the International Center for details.

Contact: Please submit your registration form to the Student Advisory Service.

The group Refugee Support serves as a direct contact point for refugees in the districts of Kleve and Wesel. Please contact this group for individual support and advice.