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Welcome to Nuremberg Institute of Technology

Have you completed your “Abitur” or already studied in your home country? Would you like to continue your studies or embark on a new programme in Germany?

The Nuremberg Institute of Technology offers a wide range of interesting bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes in the fields of technology, business, design, and social sciences.

The conditions for international students also apply for prospective students with a refugee background. If you are interested in studying with us, we look forward to hearing from you! Go for it!

Prospective students with a refugee background

Study programmes at Nuremberg Tech

Nuremberg Institute of Technology is one of the largest universities in the region and a university of applied sciences. Studying with us offers you the opportunity to earn a high quality bachelor’s or master’s degree and at the same time gain valuable practical experience. This combination makes our degree programmes attractive and helps you transition easily into the working world.

We offer a very wide range of degree programmes in various fields of engineering, including civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, medical engineering, architecture, and much more. In addition, we also have degree programmes in business and management sciences, design, and social work. Click here to see all our degree programmes at a glance.

Linguistic and subject requirements

Can I study?

To study at a German university, you need a ”university entrance qualification” (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung = HZB). In general, this is the school certificate that qualifies you for university study, for example the “Abitur”.

The first step, therefore, is to submit your certificates to the Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle at Nuremberg Tech for evaluation. For this, simply send you school or university certificates to us directly for evaluation. You can find the application form for this and other important information here: in German / in English.

You will also need very good German language proficiency to study with us ( generally  C1 level). You will need to prove your language skills via a recognized language certificate e.g. DSH or TestDaF. To reach this high level, you will need to attend an intensive preparatory course lasting several months. Nuremberg Tech offers a comprehensive range of preparation courses for prospective students with a refugee background. This is called INTEGRA.

More information on preparing to study and applying.

INTEGRA: the ideal study preparation

Integra - Study preparation for applicants with a refugee background (DAAD programme)

The programme is aimed at applicants who have already gained a university entrance qualification and/or studied in their home country and whose German skills are at least B1 level. Once the academic work you have achieved in your home country has been recognized (for which you can apply free of charge at Nuremberg Institute of Technology), suitable applicants will receive targeted preparation over the course of a few months (1 – 3 semesters) to ensure a successful start to their studies at the university.
The programme selects and advises suitable study applicants and prepares them for a successful start to their degree course, with information on language, their chosen subjects, and organization.

Language and bridging courses

One of the core elements of the preparatory INTEGRA programme is the DSH course. This course is aimed at students at B1, B2, or C1 level and prepares them for the DSH examination (German Language Examination for University Admission) over 20 lecture hours per week. The language preparation aspect is also reinforced by additional German lessons of at least 4 lecture hours per week as well as info and networking meetups  that specifically prepare prospective students for German university life and provide basic information and strategies to get their studies off to a flying start.

Info sheet: The Integra programme at Nuremberg Tech

Advice and support

Individual advising provides prospective students with information regarding the study options at Nuremberg Tech and on gaining recognition of certificates and diplomas from their home country. These sessions can also be used to submit applications for recognition of certificates and diplomas directly to the university. They also explain student funding and provide other helpful information to give you a sound basis for starting your studies.


The INTEGRA programme for preparing to study went into its last round in winter semester 20/21. It is not possible to apply for subsequent semesters.

Prospective students with a refugee background can consult with the personal consulting service in the International Office to discuss the preparatory offerings at Nuremberg Tech and other sources of support.

Students with a refugee background

Support for studying with INTEGRA

Enrolled students with a refugee background are supported by numerous support services during their time as a student on their way to completing their degree. The personal counseling service provides professional guidance through all the hurdles you might face related to your studies or other bureaucratic difficulties while pursuing your degree. Besides this service, the International Office and the international student mentors organize a series of workshops and informative or networking events each semester according to demand. The skilled Peer-to-Peer Network is available for all international students and provides a framework for dynamic exchange as well as social and cultural activity. Further information is available on this web page. Services and activities for international students.

The cultural and leisure programme

The cultural and leisure programme is organized by a student assistant and is open to all interested students irrespective of whether they have a refugee background. The programme offers students the opportunity to get to know Nuremberg and the surrounding area and establish new contacts through joint activities. New participants are very welcome!

Become a buddy

Nuremberg Tech students are on hand to help prospective students with a refugee background with all their questions about studying and other aspects of university life. We match them up after their initial meeting as part of the WELCOME cultural and leisure programme.

More information for Nuremberg Tech students who would like to be a buddy fileadmin/global/Gelenkte_Doks/Abt/SZS/IO/IO_7296_INFO_Welcome_Buddy_public.pdf.