As of October 2015, the Coordinating Center for Refugee Integration (ZKF) prepares and guides current and perspective students with refugee status for university life, serves as the central point of contact for refugees at TU Darmstadt, and takes on a wide-range of internal and external requests.
The ZKF guides and advises on topics such as, but not limited to:
- University Entrance Requirements & Qualification
- Learning German
- Financing Your Studies
Online and in person consultation hours are held at the following times:
Tuesday 10:00 – 12:00 h
Thursday 13:00 – 15:00 h
If you have any questions and need advice, please click on the following button during office hours and type in the password “ZKF” to enter the virtual waiting room and please wait for your host.
Please note that we might ask you for personal data during the consultation (e.g. name, status, etc.) in order to give you helpful advice.
Current call for HessenFonds applications
The Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts (HMWK) awards scholarships for particularly talented and high-achieving refugee students within the framework of the “HessenFonds”.
- Eligible for asylum or status as a recognized refugee
- Generally not registered in Germany for more than four years at the time of the start of funding, i.e. the asylum application may not have been submitted before 01.03.2020.
- The continuous residence in Germany does not exceed five years.
- Enrollment at TU Darmstadt (if you are studying at another university in Hessen, please contact the respective office at your university)
- Outstanding academic performance
- Doctoral Candidates
- Acceptance as a doctoral candidate incl. supervision commitment at a public university in the state of Hesse
- Outstanding scientific performance
Extent of support:
- 300 euro / month
- Doctoral Students
- 1.200 euro / month
- 1 April 2023 – 31 March 2025
Direct application at the Hessian Ministry of Science and Arts is not possible.
Are you interested in applying? Then please contact us as soon as possible. We are happy to help you and answer your questions.
Our internal Application deadline is 15 February 2024
Services for prospective students
ZKF, in close cooperation with the Language Centre of the TU Darmstadt, offers 4 preparatory courses with language focus at different levels. These courses prepare prospective students to acquire the language skills necessary for studying in Germany.
At a glance:
- Modular structure (10 weeks per module)
- Teaching of academic language, with technical terminology being taught from the very beginning
- Daily instruction, 24 hours per week
- Participation is free of cost
A goal-oriented supporting program, which consists of regular study-related trainings and workshops, cultural events, and in-depth mentoring round out the language offerings.
You need to apply for a spot in our university preparation courses.
Application to the preparatory courses
- Are you interested in joining a course? For the next application period a application form will be provided below.
- We will then invite you to an information event “Campus Orientation”.
- Participation in the campus orientation is compulsory for the subsequent application.
- Please note that there are no courses offered on the language skill levels of A1 and A2. For those levels, please consider other institutions offering language courses.
- Please also note that the current application process for the preparatory courses is closed for now. You are free to enter your personal data below to receive the newest updates regarding the application to our study preparatory language courses.
Video about the application process
In this video you will learn how the application procedure for our preparatory language courses works. You can also use our flyer with a checklist to guide you through all the steps of a successful application.
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Services for Students
The units “Central Coordination Office for Refugee Integration” (ZKF) and “International Student Services” (ISS) are grouped together under one specialised department, thus bringing together students with and without a refugee background at all the various stages.
Integration Network of Hessian Universities
Universities in Hesse work closely together in a cooperative network to prepare refugees interested in studying for a degree in Germany.
The jointly published information brochure provides an overview of the wide range of offers throughout Hesse.
Please contact the university near you.
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