Preparing for University

for perspective students with a refugee background

The ZKF consistently offers, in close collaboration with the Language Resource Center at TU Darmstadt, and independently from the lecture periods of the university, 4 university preparation courses of differing levels, all of which have a particular emphasis on the German language. These courses comprehensively prepare refugees interested in studying with the required language skills for admission to a German University.

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.

For a summary of the program, take a look at this brief overview.


  • In order to secure a spot in our university preparation courses, you must first apply.
  • The Application Process Checklist will help you to gain an overview of the steps needed to apply.
  • The application period for the winter semester 19/20 has ended

Are you interested in participating in our program (approx. summer semester 2020)? Then simply register below. We will then get back to you as soon as possible.

1. 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 your native language. For the conclusion of the event, all participants are invited enjoy a meal together in the cafeteria.

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

2. 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.

3. TestAS

You can register for the test via the TestAS-Portal. On this website, in addition to registering, you can also inform yourself about the test itself and the upcoming test dates.

Please note:

  • Taking the TestAS for free is only possible once.
  • Cancellation of your registration is only allowed during the registration period. If you forget to cancel your registration during the registration period, your failure to be present on the test day will be recorded as a failed attempt.

To prepare for the test, you can download sample questions in German, English or Arabic from the portal or pick them up from us in the office.

4. Documents to be submitted

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

  • CV
  • Letter of Motivation
  • TestAS Certificate, or proof of participation
  • Verification of German language skills (if available)

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.

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