Coordinating Centre for Refugee Integration

Welcome to TU Darmstadt

All prospective and current students with refugee status who either already study at a German university or wish to begin their studies are welcome at TU Darmstadt!

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
  • Networking

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The Coordinating Centre for Refugee Integration in Bleichstrasse 2 as well as the International Counter in Karo 5 will not offer any consultation hours on location until further notice.

Online video consultation hours are held at the following times:

Monday 10 – 12 a.m.

Tuesday 1 – 3 p.m.

Wednesday 1 – 3 p.m.

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.

Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek, Lesehof mit Freitreppe. Bild: Thomas Ott

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.

The application period for the winter semester 2020/21 starts on June 1st and ends August 7th 2020

Application process

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.

German course application checklist

1. Registration

Please register with us using the registration form. We will then contact you as soon as possible.

2. Campusorientation

After you have registered we will receive an invitation to the next Campusorientation.

During this interactive information event, we will explain the requirements for participation in the university preparation courses and provide a first look at the diverse degree programs TU Darmstadt offers. The event will be conducted by one employee and two student employees from the ZKF. In many cases, the information from this event can be translated into several languages.

3. Review of academic qualifications

After the Campus Orientation Tour, you can make an appointment for the Transcript Review. During this Review, you will discover if you have the qualifications required to study in Germany.

The following documents are required for the Review:

  • School-leaving qualifications
  • University certificates (if available)
  • Language certificates (if available)

The certificates must be translated to German, English, or French.

4. Documents to be submitted

After you completed all the requirements mentioned above, you can hand in the following documents:

5. Assessment & Placement

After you have submitted a complete application to us, we will invite you to our internal placement exam for the preparatory language courses.

Your previous language certificate will not predetermine your placement.

Through this test we will examine your skills in the areas:

  • „Listening Comprehension”
  • “Text Comprehension, including Vocabulary and Grammar”
  • “Written Text Production”
  • There will be no oral examination in conjunction with this test.

After the placement exam, we will put together a ranked list and assign you a place in one of the courses.

You will obtain more information about the start of the courses via email.

Picture: Patrick Bal

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.

We summarised important information for you here. On the pages of International Student Services (ISS) you will find further useful advice. Please contact us if you have any specific questions.

Our orientation programs provide you with helpful information for your start at the TU Darmstadt.

The Kick-Off Days is aimed at all international students. The diverse program supports you in having a successful start in your studies and takes place every October.

Financing your studies must be well thought out.


The Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts (HMWK) awards scholarships within the framework of the “HessenFonds” for particularly gifted and high-performing refugees, doctoral students and scientists.

The funding serves to continue a course of study or an academic career at a state university in Hessen. Students are to be supported above all in the introductory phase.

Current round of applications:

The application period has expired.


Please make sure you make an appointment with us if you wish to apply for the HessenFonds Scholarship.

Complete application documents must be submitted to the Central Coordination Unit for Refugee Integration.

The university nominates the qualified applicants to the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts.


  • Asylum seeker or recognised refugee
  • Enrolled at a state university in the state of Hesse
  • Outstanding academic achievements
  • At the time of the start of the scholarship, have not been registered in Germany for more than three years, i.e. have applied for asylum and have not lived in Germany for more than four years