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!
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.
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 (email@example.com) 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.
According to our information, exchange students (who are not entitled to BAföG) with a residence permit according to § 24 can receive benefits according to SGB II.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
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!
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.
This year, several German universities will make their premises and infrastructure available to refugees from Ukraine who are interested in studying in order to conduct standardised examinations for admission and continued studies at Ukrainian universities. The online examinations will take place between 22 July and 3 October 2022 in uniformly defined periods at a total of six locations in Germany: in Berlin, coordinated by Humboldt University, as well as at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, the University of Hamburg, the University of Cologne and the University of Leipzig. In Munich, the cultural centre "Gorod" was won by the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science itself. The tests will be held simultaneously in Ukraine and in the European countries where refugees have found protection.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science had approached the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with a request for support.
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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.
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).
A second course started on the 23rd of May.
---Currently all spots in these courses are taken. However, there is the possibility to be put on the waiting list.---
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.
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.
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.
social benefits according to SGB II From 1.6.2022, persons with a residence title according to § 24 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.
According to our information, exchange students (who are not entitled to BAföG) with a residence permit according to § 24 can receive benefits according to SGB II.
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: 20.06.2022
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 (email@example.com).
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!