Welcome to the Study Coach for Refugees!

Since 2015, the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt is offering initial study counseling for applicants with refugee background. In 2016, the offer was included in the scope of activities of the Center for Flight and Migration.

Our team advises and supports refugees who wish to study at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Our services include initial student counseling, placement in suitable preparatory courses, learning support, assistance with applications and registration, and support with financing.



Please note that no more students can be included in our study coach programm. Applicants please contact the International Office.


Eligibility for university admission

There is a Central Office for Foreign Education in Germany which is responsible for the classification and recognition of foreign educational qualifications. In its evaluation, it divides foreign university entrance qualifications into two case groups:

  • Direct university access: The foreign school certificate is classified like the German “Abitur” and you can apply directly for a degree program. You can test whether this applies to you here. In this case, you will receive conditional admission/ admission under reserve. This means that you still have to prove sufficient language skills (level C1 GER), i.e. DSH test or TestDaF.
  • No direct access to higher education: If the school-leaving certificate is not classified like the German “Abitur”, one must take a so-called Feststellungsprüfung (assessment test) to prove suitability for studies. To pass this exam, you can first attend a one-year course at the Studienkolleg (preparatory college) in Munich (university) or Coburg (university of applied sciences). Initially, you will not receive admission, but rather a reference to and a date for the entrance examination to the Studienkolleg (this entrance examination can be repeated twice, the Feststellungsprüfung only once).
Language skills

In order to study at KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, applicants must speak sufficient German. To do so, they usually have to prove a language level of C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Proof can be provided either by the DSH test (DSH level 2) or the TestDaF certificate (Test DAF 4-4-4). In addition, please observe the regulations specific to your course of study.

Those who have not yet reached this level, but have received conditional admission, can take part in the intensive language courses for foreign applicants at the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and acquire proof of language proficiency here.


To apply for university, the following original documents should be brought to the counseling appointment with the Study Coach:

1. Proof of university entrance qualification (graduation from secondary school),

2. proof of previous academic achievements, and

3. officially certified translations into German, English or French by a court-certified translator.

The Study Coach then makes copies, the originals remain with the applicant.

Important note: Unfortunately, the certificates are not sufficient. All grade statements/transcripts of records must also be submitted.




Selection of a degree program

The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt offers a variety of study options in Bachelor and Master studies from different fields.
If you have not yet decided on a degree program, or if several subjects are suitable for you, you can also contact the central student advisory service.


After deciding on a degree program, the application for admission is submitted.

An application is usually possible for the coming winter semester and must be submitted to the Student Office of the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt by July 15. Please also note the application deadlines specific to your study program.
The Study Coach will assist you with the application during office hours.

He will fill out the application for admission to studies for foreign applicants together with you and make copies of your certified originals (certificates, language tests and translations). Do not forget to bring your signed, tabular curriculum vitae.


If all documents have been submitted in due form and time, the student office will check the documents.
You will then receive a letter from the student office stating whether you have been admitted or rejected.

This letter also contains instructions and registration forms for preparatory language courses and registration for the DSH examination.
These must be completed and returned to the university.