German language course at FH Münster

What is FH PasS?

The programme for prospective students who are refugees in Germany (FH PasS) si funded by the Ministry of Cultur and Science of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (MKW-NRW).

The International Office at FH Münster University of Applied Sciences has been offering the programme FH PasS since 2016. The aim of the programme is to prepare refugees for their studies at FH Münster University of Applied Sciences by providing access to German language courses and other educational and cultural activities, leading in the long term to their successful intregration into higher education and employment.

...and what does FH PasS offer?

  • As a participant in the FH PasS programme, you will normally have the status of a guest auditor at FH Münster University of Applied Sciences, which means that you will receive an user ID. With this user ID, you will be able to take part in selected further training events (e.g. workshops on intercultural skills and job application training). You will also be able to register for individual sessions from a list of taster lectures, enabling you to gain a first impression of studying at FH Münster University of Applied Sciences and to test your language skills.
  • The International Office will help you choose workshops and taster lectures and prepare your individual weekly timetable.
  • As an FH-PasS participant, you may also take part in the social activities organised by the International Office.

All of the above-mentioned courses and activities will only take place subject to financing through the Ministry of Culture and Science.

Which German language courses does FH Münster offer?

Orientation language course: This language course starts at an intermdeiate B1 level. After successfull participation, you should be able to communicate at an upper intermediate level (B2).

Pre-study language course: This language course starts at an upper intermediate B2 level. At the end of the curse you will take an official language exam. After achieving an advanced language level (C1), you fulfil one of the necessary requirements to study at FH Münster.

Whom does the programme support?

As a person with refugee experience, you can apply for a language course if your entry to Germany was no more than five years ago.

  • Proof of arrival/BÜMA: The proof of arrival is issued shortly after entry and submission of the asylum application and entitles you to stay in Germany. It is replaced by the residence permit after the asylum application has been filed.
  • Residence permit: During the ongoing asylum procedure, asylum seekers receive a residence permit according to §55 AufenthG.
  • Tolerated: Toleration according to §60a AufenthG.
  • Recognised refugee/subsidiary beneficiary of protection: Residence permit according to §25 para. 2 sentence 1 or 2 AufenthG. The distinction is not marked in the residence title and is therefore not quickly and unequivocally apparent.
  • Entitled to asylum: Residence permit according to §25 para. 1 AufenthG.
  • Family reunification: According to consultation with the MKW, reunified family members can also be supported within the framework of the programme if the residence status of the "original beneficiary" is also proven. This includes, for example, the residence titles according to §29, 30 and 32 AufenthG.
  • Other residence permits: Please include all other residence forms/titles, e.g. those also mentioned in the KMK resolution of 3 December 2017, including § 22, 23, 24.

What requirements do I have to meet?

Orientation German language course Pre-study German language course
  • You are interested in studying at FH Münster
  • Proof that you are eligible to study in Germany (eligibility will be checked on the basis of your certificates)
  • Proof of a residence status with a refugee background
  • Proof of language proficiency: communication at a very good A2 level (German), written and oral
  • you have decided for a specific degree programme at FH Münster
  • Proof that you meet the requirements for your desired degree programme (the admission requirements will be checked on the basis of your certificates)
  • Proof of a residence status with a refugee background
  • Language certificate: at least at a good B1 level (German), written and oral

When do the language courses start and how long do they take place?

The next orientation language course is expected to start in February 2024 and end in September 2024. The course consists of 24 hours per week for the first two months (February to March 2024) and 12 hours per week for the following four months (April to September 2024).

  • February to March 2024: 24 hours per week
  • April to September 2024: 12 hours per week.

The next study-preparatory language course is expected to start at the end of January/beginning of February 2024 and to end in July 2024. The course is 24 lessons per week and usually takes place from Monday to Friday in the morning, as well as two afternoons.
The exact dates are still to be announced. The preparatory language course ends with the TestDaF examination (or equivalent).

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline for the language courses taking place during the summer semester 2024 is 30 November 2023. The application via the online form starts at 5th October 2023.

Only applications received by the deadline can be considered.

How do I register for participation and what are the next steps?

To register for the FHPasS programme, complete the online form.
A checklist with documents to be submitted for a successful admission can be downloaded here.

After you have applied for an FH PasS language course, we will check your documents.
As soon as the process is completed, we will contact you. Please understand that due to the large number of applications, reviewing your documents may take more time.

Read more about it:

Downloads: Checklist - Applying for FH PasS

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