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LMU’s Preparatory Program for Refugees

Immediate enrolment as a full-time university student may not always be possible or desirable – if one’s knowledge of German is inadequate, for example. To cater for such cases, LMU has set up a Preparatory Program designed specifically for refugees and asylum-seekers who have previously attended university elsewhere and wish to study at LMU. The Program provides for

  • Orientation interview with a Guidance Counselor at the International Office, which enables refugees and asylum-seekers who have prior experience of third-level education or have fulfilled the matriculation requirements of their home countries to explore the options available
  • Participation in free German classes organized by Deutschkurse bei der Universität München and attendance at selected lecture courses
  • Temporary registration (for up to 1 year) in the context of the Program
  • Certificate confirming participation in LMU’s Preparatory Program for Refugees (which enables candidates who successfully complete the Program and meet all other necessary requirements to take up a full-time course of study at LMU)

Questions Relating to the Preparatory Program for Refugees and Asylum-Seekers

What requirements must be met in order to participate in the Program?
This Program is primarily intended to cater for refugees and asylum-seekers who have attended university in their home countries. The Program may also be suitable for individuals who have no previous experience of third-level education but would have been eligible for admission to university at home. All applicants must be at least 18 years old and must submit

  • Residence permit
  • Certificate of competence in German (B1 level)
  • Proof of eligibility for admission to university or original academic transcripts
  • Informal application to the Project Coordinator at the International Office
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Personal letter indicating what subjects you would like to study and why
  • Letter of recommendation from an LMU Faculty or a relief organization (the International Office can put you in touch with suitable contacts). The letter should confirm that the Faculty concerned supports the applicant’s wish to study.

Will I be registered as an LMU student for the duration of the Program?
Yes. As in the case of exchange students, each participant in the Program will be registered as an LMU student. This registration is valid for a maximum period of 1 year, after which successful participants can begin a regular course of study at LMU.

Can I accumulate ECTS credits during the Program?
ECTS credits are awarded for the successful completion of course modules and will serve as a record of your performance: They will be indicated in your academic transcript.

Does the Program lead to a degree?
No. The sole purpose of the Program is to prepare participants for a regular course of study at LMU. University degrees are awarded only to those who complete such a course.

What subjects can I study?
This Program covers only those subjects to which no local or nationwide restrictions on admission apply. Degree courses in Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Business Studies and Economics, for example, are subject to such restrictions, and are excluded from the Program.

What does the course of study involve?
Just like exchange students at LMU, you can assemble your own individual study program. This is then incorporated into a so-called learning agreement, which is approved and endorsed by the relevant Faculty. Your contacts in the International Office and the different Faculties will be glad to assist you in putting together a suitable curriculum.

How can I improve my German?
The Program includes a number of language courses at levels B2 and C1. These courses are organized by Deutschkurse bei der Universität München. The International Office takes care of enrollment for these courses.

How and where can I apply for a place in the Program?
Please submit your application to the Project Coordinator at the International Office. The application deadlines are: January 15 for the following Summer Semester and July 15 for the subsequent Winter Semester.

Where can I find further information on the Program?
You are welcome to get in touch with our Guidance Counselor in the International Office, who will be glad to discuss your particular case with you in the course of an orientation interview. Note that the International Office cannot provide any advice on matters relating to asylum procedures or student finance.


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