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Coming to Vechta
Studies, research, short-term stay: We support you on your way to the University of Vechta and during your stay or studies.

Information for Ukrainians


We stand in solidarity with the people in Ukraine.

On this website you can find information for (prospective) students, teachers and scientists from Ukraine.

We also provide information on German language courses, practical issues and projects. The information will be continuously updated.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the International Office!
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Information for (prospective) students, teachers and scientists

The team "Offers for Refugees" coordinates the offers for prospective students and international teachers and is happy to advise on all questions about studying and the recognition of teaching degrees.

The team "Pathways to the University of Vechta" advises enrolled students from Ukraine and (prospective and current) exchange students.

Scientists are supported by the Welcome Centre.

Please do not hesitate to contact us! You can find the contact details here.

If you are not sure who is the right contact person for your enquiry, simply write an email to international.office@uni-vechta.de.

The DAAD, the Volkswagen Foundation and other institutions offer scholarships for refugee and at-risk students, PhD students and scientists. You can find further details here. Many of these scholarships require a nomination by the host university. If you are interested in a bachelor's, master's or PhD programme or in a research position at our university and would therefore like to be supported by us through a nomination and/or in the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are happy to support (prospective) students (bachelor's and master's programmes) as well as (prospective) students in the adaptation course for foreign teachers with regard to an application for the Deutschlandstipendium (website in German). Applications for the academic year 2022/23 may be submitted from the 25th of June until the 25th of July 2022. Please feel free to contact Lea Sophie Schmidt (lea-sophie.schmidt@uni-vechta.de) for support.

Students (Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes or adaptation courses) with a residence permit according to § 24 should also be entitled to BAföG (funding according to the Federal Training Assistance Act) in future, according to current government plans. Details will follow shortly. Ms Schmidt will also be happy to answer any questions.

For exchange students from our partner university in Luzk (Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University) scholarships are available to a certain extent. If you have any questions regarding these scholarships, please contact Dr Frauke Schumacher (frauke.schumacher@uni-vechta.de).

Ukrainian students and scientists of the University of Vechta who are in financial need are also welcome to contact the International Office so that we can search for possible solutions together.

Ukrainians who had to flee from the war in Ukraine also have the possibility to apply for a residence permit according to § 24 and for benefits according to the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act (for rent, living expenses, health care, etc.). This also applies to Ukrainians who were already in the territory of the EU before the outbreak of the war and who cannot return to Ukraine as a result of the war. Important: The name of the benefits is misleading in this case. If you apply for benefits under the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act ("Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz" / "AsylbLG"), you are not applying for asylum! Details can be found below under "Practical information".

The International Office provides advice and support on all questions regarding bachelor's and master's programmes (including study options, admission requirements or the transfer of credits from previous studies abroad). If you are uncertain whether your certificates meet the requirements for admission to a degree programme at the University of Vechta, we are happy to check the certificates in advance.

Of course, we also offer advice on PhD studies.

Apart from applying for degree programmes, students from Ukrainian universities can also enrol as exchange students at our university (even at short notice).

The Welcome Centre of the International Office advises and supports international scientists regarding all organisational and bureaucratic matters.

The International Office offers a so-called "Back to School" programme for teachers who would like to learn about the recognition procedure for their teaching qualifications in Lower Saxony and the options for working as a teacher in Lower Saxony.

For persons who cannot prove their Ukrainian qualifications (e.g. university degrees, vocational qualifications) due to flight, there is currently the possibility, under certain conditions, to obtain an electronic self-disclosure via the website of the state database EDEBO. At the same time, for persons who cannot prove their Ukrainian school-leaving qualifications, it is currently possible, under certain conditions, to obtain the information available in EDEBO on this proof of education from the state enterprise "Inforesurs". Details can be found here (in German, under the items "Einholung einer Selbstauskunft über die Bildungsbiografie" and "Informationsbeschaffung bei fehlenden Nachweisen von Schulabschlüssen (Stamd April 2022)"): https://anabin.kmk.org/no_cache/filter/bildungswesen.html?tab=first&land=37

In cases where it is not possible to obtain such information (e.g. because the certificates are not recorded in EDEBO), the procedure for university access despite certificates lost due to flight applies:

Prospective students who due to their flight from Ukraine are unable to present a higher education entrance qualification because they no longer possess the relevant certificates can prove their eligibility by taking a placement examination. This examination takes place at the University of Vechta. Its content depends on the study programme that students wish to apply for.

If due to the circumstances of your flight you can only present simple copies of your certificates, a plausibility check of the educational biography and, depending on the documents, possibly an examination is necessary in order to apply.

Details on the procedure and the contact details of the International Office can be found here. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (Kultusministerkonferenz) has passed a resolution regulating access to higher education for refugee pupils and students from Ukraine (persons granted residence for temporary protection according to § 24 of the Residence Act) who were unable to complete their school or university year in a regular manner (https://www.kmk.org/fileadmin/Dateien/pdf/ZAB/Hochschulzugang_Beschluesse_der_KMK/220405_KMK_Beschluss_Hochschulzugang_Ukraine.pdf , in German).

According to these regulations, those affected should not suffer any disadvantage due to their flight, even if they are unable to provide evidence of all regularly required state examination achievements. The current assessment proposals for access to higher education with Ukrainian secondary school leaving certificates are applied.

The University of Vechta offers an alternative to attending the Studienkolleg Hannover for refugees who wish to study at the University of Vechta and who do not have a direct university entrance qualification (but do have an entrance qualification for the Studienkolleg) based to their foreign secondary school certificate.

Details can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact the International Office.

The auditing studies offer the possibility to attend individual courses at the university and, under certain conditions, also take examinations. This can be useful in order to gain an insight into a study programme or to attend courses if the German language skills required for admission to a regular study programme have not yet been obtained.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Maria Goldberg (maria.goldberg@uni-vechta.de).

Intensive German courses

An intensive German course for interested people with no previous knowledge (offered by the International Office) will start on the 2nd of May 2022. The course is free of charge. It takes place daily from Monday to Friday (expected course times: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 08:30-12:00, Tuesdays and Thursdays 08:30-13:30). The course is expected to run until the 28th of February 2023 and aims to reach B1 level. It is supported by the "church on campus" through the provision of a course room and takes place in compliance with the university's current Corona regulations (currently: FFP2 mask requirement on campus and in class).

---Currently this course is full. However, there is the possibility to be put on the waiting list. Furthermore, it is planned to offer a second intensive course. The course would start in the middle of May and take place in the afternoons (Monday to Friday) from 14:00 to 18:00. There would still be a few remaining places for this course.---

An application is required. Further details can be found here.

Furthermore, a (digital) C1+ course will be offered. German language skills on the level C1 are required in order to take part in this C1+ course. For further details please visit the website about German language courses.

Practical information

The Lower Saxony Refugee Council (website in German) has compiled information on entering the country, registering with the local foreigners authority, the right of asylum and residence in Germany, social law, access to the labour market and housing.

The Federal Ministry of the Interior (website in English; the corresponding information in Ukrainian can be found here), the government of Lower Saxony (website in German; for information in Ukrainian please click on "BAMF Info Ukraine - UKR") and the district of Vechta (website in German, some information in Ukrainian) also provide information on entry and residence rights.

Deutsche Bahn has compiled information in German, English and Ukrainian on, among other things, train travel, entering the country, the next steps at the arrival station and housing.

Once you have arrived in Vechta, you are welcome to seek advice from the City of Vechta and, if necessary, assistance with applications!

Contact at the town hall (Department of Social Services, Senior Citizens and Integration):
Ms Freese (04441 886 5003)
Mrs. Pölking (04441 886 5010)

Registration with the city of Vechta
You are obliged to register with the city of Vechta after 3 months at the latest, stating your current address. Irrespective of the legal obligation to register, there is always the possibility to register voluntarily before three months have elapsed. Registration may be necessary in order to claim certain benefits.

Residence title according to § 24
The duration of stay with this residence title is initially one year and can be extended up to a total of three years.

Benefits under the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act (AsylbLG, "Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz") // UPDATE: social benefits according to SGB II
These benefits are granted from the time of application if the requirements are met and include, in particular, benefits for housing/rent, living costs and health care.
Important: The name of the benefits is misleading in this case. If you apply for benefits under the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act, you are not applying for asylum!
Due to rumours to the contrary, we would also like to point out that no original documents (e.g. passport) are confiscated when applying for benefits; only copies are made!
UPDATE: From 1.6.2022, persons with a residence title according to § 24 will not receive benefits according to the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act; instead, they are entitled to social benefits according to SGB II (from the jobcenter).
If enroll in a study programme, it is generally not possible to receive benefits under SGB II. However, according to current government plans, students (Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes or adaptation courses) with a residence permit according to § 24 should also be entitled to BAföG (funding according to the Federal Training Assistance Act) in future. Details will follow shortly.

If you live in another town in the district of Vechta, please contact the respective town hall.


last updated: 17.03.2022, source: Information from the city of Vechta / updated: 17.05.2022

The Network for Traumatised Refugees in Lower Saxony offers free psychological counselling (also for children and teens) in Hanover, Oldenburg and Osnabrück, among other places. Counselling sessions can be held in German, English or (with the support of interpreters) in many other languages (including Ukrainian).

The flyer is also available in Ukrainian.

The Studentenwerk also offers psychosocial counselling, which is open to all students of the University of Vechta.

As of 01.03.2022, Ukrainians entering Germany by train from Poland, the Czech Republic or Austria are allowed to take Deutsche Bahn trains for free, if they can present a Ukrainian passport/ID. No ticket is necessary. They have the possibility to travel with their Ukrainian passport/ID to Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg, Munich.

If they wish to continue their journey by long-distance train, they will be issued a free "helpukraine" ticket for a single journey valid in 2nd class to their desired destination at the DB Reisezentrum or at a DB agency.

They can use local trains without any ticket, just with their Ukrainian passport/identity card.

You can find all the details here (website in English and Ukrainian).

Deutsche Bahn has compiled information in German, English and Ukrainian on, among other things, train travel, entering the country and the next steps at the arrival station.

(For the time being) until the 31st of March 2022, calls via Telekom (and Congstar) via landline and mobile as well as SMS are free of charge. Moreover, there are no roaming costs for customers who are in Ukraine.

Similar regulations apply for Vodafone (website in German) and O2 (in this case (for the time being) until 30.06.2022) (website in German) as well as for Pyur, NetCologne, M-net, EWE, 1&1 and the Freenet Group with the providers Klarmobil and Mobilcom-Debitel (website in German).

Information last updated on the 11st of March 2022.

Deutsche Welle (DW), the international broadcaster of the Federal Republic of Germany, offers news in Ukrainian.

The Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), with its daily "Ukrainian Germany Minute" in Ukrainian, provides news and information especially for Ukrainians in Germany.

ARD's Tagesschau is available with Ukrainian subtitles.

Lower Saxony offers persons from Ukraine who have already worked in their country of origin as a teacher or in another pedagogical-educational field the opportunity to apply for a pedagogical employment at a school in Lower Saxony as part of an unsolicited application.

Employment can initially only be for a limited period of time and exclusively for pedagogical employment.

Details can be found here. (last updated: 07.04.2022)

A recognition process is necessary for employment as a regular teacher. The "Back to School" programme of the University of Vechta offers support regarding this process.

Ukrainian-German partnerships and projects at the University of Vechta

The University of Vechta has a long-standing and active partnership with the Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University in Luzk, which includes promoting student and teacher mobility and carrying out joint projects.

The training "Reach out! Interkulturelle Vernetzung und Sensibilisierung im Klassenzimmer" ("Reach out! Intercultural Networking and Awareness-raising in the Classroom"; website in German) from the 7th to the 11th of June 2022 is aimed at (prospective) teachers (primary and lower secondary) from Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine.

The topics of the training are intercultural education, international networking of schools, racism-critical teaching and democracy education.

The training, organised by the International Office, is supported by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (AA) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The project "Tandem international - gemeinsam mehr bewegen" ("Tandem international - moving more together") (2022-2024) is funded by the DAAD programme "Ostpartnerschaften" ("Eastern Partnerships"). It is implemented by the International Office together with the Ukrainian partner university in Luzk, Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University, among others. The project includes reciprocal study visits with the formation of international student tandems, intercultural learning and collaborative teaching. Due to the war against Ukraine, the current focus is on supporting Ukrainian exchange students.

Further projects and initiatives of the university and of students or employees

The project "Sprachnetz"  ("Language Network") of the Centre for Teacher Education is a service learning project. In this module, students support the learning process of young people with migration or refugee experience. The aim of the project is to support children and young people with migration/refugee experience in their learning process as well as to promote intercultural competence and the handling of heterogeneous learning groups by linking practical and theoretical elements.

In addition, networking is of enormous importance for the project. On the one hand, the students are meaningfully integrated into existing structures at the university and in the district of Vechta, and on the other hand, the support measures and structures can be further developed together with various actors. To this end, the relevant structures at the university and cooperation with external partners are expanded through a working group that meets regularly.

The International Office regularly informs about new offers (e.g. German courses) for prospective students and teachers with a refugee background at the University of Vechta.

The free newsletter is aimed at all interested counselling centres, volunteers, (prospective) students and teachers with a refugee background.

If you would like to receive the newsletter, please send a short email to Dr. Katrin Schumacher (katrin.schumacher@uni-vechta.de).

Sport is colourful, diverse and it connects - regardless of origin, appearance or religion. Under this motto, the student initiative (facebook website in German) of the same name ("Sport ist bunt" / "Sport is colourful") was founded in Vechta to do sports together with refugees in Vechta. Sport creates a place where people with different background can meet and work off their energy together in games and have fun in the community. The group is always happy to welcome new members!