External services for students and researchers affected by the war in Ukraine

Counselling services, legal advise, psychological support

# The Counselling Center for Social & International Affairs of the Studierendenwerk Hamburg  provides important information regarding the financing of your studies, accommodation, health insurance etc. Should the information you are looking for not be available on their homepage , you can email them at: besi(at)studierendenwerk-hamburg(dot)de

# The Refugee Law Clinic (RLC) is a law student´s initiative offering a free legal advice for all refugees.

# The Bucerius Law Clinic (cooperation of the Bucerius Law school and the Diakonie Hamburg) is a student´s initiative offering help, under the guidance of local attorneys, for everybody who needs legal advice on immigration- and labour law and social justice.

# The Flüchtlingsambulanz (refugee outpatient center)  at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf offers psychological support and care for Ukrainian refugees. Just contact them.


Callcenter/Emergency ROOM
+49 (0) 40 7410 - 0

# CENTRA  offers psychological support and coordinates therapy places for refugees from Ukraine seeking protection.

Telephone consultation hours (in German and Russian) on Mondays (14.00 to 17.00) and Fridays (9.00 to 12.00)
Tel: 040/20 522-22.

Email: info@centra.de

Support and Funding Programs

Prospective students who would like to continue their academic studies are advised to contact:

Refugee scholars and scientists who would like to continue their research are advised to contact:

Learning German

Learning and testing opportunities on your way to Germany and a German university

The Society for Academic Study Preparation and Test Development (Die Gesellschaft für Akademische Studienvorbereitung und Testentwicklung) e.V. (g.a.s.t.) - supports Ukrainian refugees with various learning and testing offers on their way to Germany and to a German university:

  • free assessment of their German language skills with the onSET
  • free assessment of their suitability for undergraduate studies with TestAS
  • Language certificate TestDaF as proof of their German language skills for studying at a German university
  • German courses of Deutsch-Uni Online to prepare them for studying in Germany (level A1-C1, everyday language, technical language, professional language, exam preparation TestDaF)

Interested Ukrainian refugees can register here:


In the course of digitalization, g.a.s.t., together with the DAAD, RWTH Aachen University, TH Lübeck, the Goethe-Institut and Kiron Open Higher Education, is developing the "Digital Campus", a platform for digital study preparation funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Further important information and links

Entry regulations, residential status, financing for refugees from Ukraine:  FAQ of the Federal Government/ Germany4Ukraine

The city of Hamburg has set up emergency facilities in order to provide quick help: check the Hamburg refugee aid - webpage for information on entry regulations and shelter facilities

The DAAD provides assistance and scholarships opportunities for students and scientists: DAAD´s  offers of assistance for Ukrainian students

The German Red Cross provides a traicing service for people separated from their family members due to armed conflicts and natural disasters

Jobs in Germany: Integration into the German job market

Peer to peer counselling and support: Association of international students in Germany