Offers and services for Ukrainian and Russian students and researchers who have fled their country
Dear members of Kiel University,
The hostile attack on Ukraine which violates international law continues unabated. Many people are fleeing, including students and researchers – from Ukraine, but also from Russia. As a state university, we declare our solidarity with all Ukrainian and Russian citizens who are opposed to Russia the aggressor and are forced to leave their country as a result.
In line with the federal scientific organisations, we at Kiel University have also suspended our cooperation with Russia. At the same time, we have also initiated an extensive range of assistance and support services. If you are in touch with students or researchers who have fled and need help, please let them know about our offers and services.
The University Board has set up a Ukraine Coordination Unit to bring together the various support and counselling services for students and academics affected by the war in Ukraine, which goes against international law, and by the dramatic restriction of academic freedom and freedom of opinion in Russia, and to advise the University Board on how to proceed.
Offers from the Kiel University
Offers and services for Ukrainian and Russian students and doctoral researchers who are already in Kiel or at the CAU:
- Advice on financial support options: Students who find themselves in financial distress can contact the International Center to apply for financial assistance, including interim financial aid and qualification aid. More information about financial support options
- Counselling for psychological or spiritual support: Students who require psychological support can go to the International Center for advice.
- Questions and legal issues about residence status (such as extending the residence period in Germany) Advice for students and advice for researchers.
- Problems with examinations: Students who have problems resulting from the high strains and stress at the time should contact their Examination Office.
Help for Ukrainian and Russian students, doctoral researchers and other researchers who are “at risk” or fleeing to Kiel:
From the International Center at the CAU:
- (Study) Advisory services available in German, English, Russian and Polish
- Evaluating qualifications from existing university documents
- Assistance with asking the departments about aptitude checks for Master’s degrees
- Simplified application options for those affected
Welcome offers for Ukrainian and Russian students:
From the International Center at the CAU:
- Participation in degree preparation programmes like Fit fürs Studium as from language level B2 through to the DSH exam (German language proficiency test)
- Exemption from fees for preparing for a degree
- (Study) Advisory services available in German, English, Russian and Polish
- English courses for those who have fled who are interested in studying
- Maths and Computer Science refresher courses for those who have fled who are interested in studying
- Socio-cultural offers in cooperation with Kulturgrenzenlos e.V. (international language café, international women's café)
Additional services by students:
- “Safe Space”: weekly exchange with affected Ukrainian and Russian students and prospective students in cooperation with the General Student Committee (AStA). Please drop an email to email@example.com if you want to join.
- Legal advice on residence status by the Refugee Law Clinic (Deutsch)
Scholarships and financial support
The CAU supports existing federal programmes to help students and researchers at risk.
- The Hilde Domin Programme by the DAAD supports students or doctoral researchers at risk around the world who are denied the right to education in their home country with starting or continuing a degree in Germany. Potential candidates can be nominated by the University Management.
- The Volkswagen Foundation wants to help Ukrainian researchers temporarily continue their scientific work in Germany. This offer is aimed at Ukrainian researchers who already fled to Germany after the Russian attack on their country, or who will arrive in Germany in the coming weeks. Applications must be made together by the University Management and the hosting scientist in Germany. The University Board supports corresponding applications from faculties and institutes with a favourable statement.
- The European Commission has announced the launch of the MSCA4Ukraine scheme, part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in order to support displaced scientists from Ukraine. The MSCA4Ukraine scheme is part of the EU’s response to the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The new scheme aims at enabling ukraine researchers to continue their work in Europe, helping to safeguard Ukraine’s research and innovation system, and the freedom of scientific research at large.
- The German National Academy of Sciences introduces a special fellowship "Leopoldina Ukraine Distinguished Fellowship" for scientists from Ukraine who have their careers in science endangered or interrupted by the war to resume or continue their research activities, and remain in academia. The funding is person-related and designed for outstanding post-doctoral level scientists from Ukraine to work on an independent research project at a university or research institution in Germany for an initial period of one year, while maintaining their affiliation at a Ukrainian institution.
Call for donations by the Faculty of Medicine
The Faculty of Medicine at Kiel University is following Russia’s attack on Ukraine with absolute dismay – and expressly supports the CAU University Board’s declaration to condemn the war against Ukraine.
In collaboration, the University Board at the CAU supports the initiative by the Faculty of Medicine and the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein. As part of the donation campaign “UKSH Gutes tun! UKSH hilft Ukraine” (do something good, the UKSH is helping Ukraine), the UKSH is donating medical supplies to help provide medical treatment for the Ukrainian population. If you would like to participate in this initiative, we are very grateful for any donations to the following account:
- Recipient: UKSH WsG e.V.
- IBAN: DE75 2105 0170 1400 1352 22
- BIC: NOLADE21KIE
- Transaction reference: FW14042: UKSH hilft Ukraine
- More information: www.uksh.de/ukrainehilfe.html (Deutsch)
Entry to the country, residence and NGOs
- Residence extension with or without a visa
- Ukrainians travelling on from Poland to Germany
- Applying for a visa without a biometric passport
- Applying for a long-term residence permit without a national visa
- Acceptance programme for Ukrainian nationals and/or children
- Keeping open/closing the borders between the EU and Ukraine
Link to the current information by the BAMF [Deutsch, український, русский]
“Welcome to Germany – information for immigrants”
- What do I need to travel to Germany?
- Where can I learn German?
- Where can I find somewhere to live and work?
- Where can I find childcare for my children?
- Useful telephone numbers, contact addresses and tips for everyday life
Link to the information about "Welcome to Germany" [English, русский]
- Lengths of a short/temporary stay
- Visas, asylum, evacuation missions
- COVID-related travel restrictions to enter the country
- Requirements for a passport
Link to the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community [English, український, русский]
- Ukrainians entering the country
- How long can you stay without a visa
- Asylum, applying for a visa
- Preparation of additional regulations for refugees from Ukraine
- Entry to the country / residence issues / asylum
- Housing / accommodation
- Health / COVID-19
- Everyday life / living in Germany
- Financial support
- School / vocational training / degrees / work
- Contact details / important offices / contact people
Link to the integration officer’s information service [in German, English, український]
- What are the rules for travelling from Ukraine to Germany?
- How can I help children and young people deal with the current situation and provide them with information?
- Where can I get more support?
- Where can I make a donation for people in Ukraine and refugees?
- Where can I find more information about how refugees are being helped in my federal state?
- Baden-Württemberg [in German]
- Bavaria [in German]
- Berlin, general ruling concerning the current crisis in Ukraine [in German, English, український]
- Berlin, information for refugees from Ukraine and voluntary helpers [in German, український, русский]
- Brandenburg [in German, український]
- Hamburg [in German, український, русский]
- Hesse [in German, український]
- Lower Saxony [in German]
- North Rhine-Westphalia [in German]
- Saarland [in German, український]
- Saxony-Anhalt [in German, український, русский]
- Saxony [in German]
- Schleswig-Holstein [in German, український, English]
- Thuringia [in German]
- Pro Asyl: important information for Ukrainians about entering the country and staying in Germany, in German український
- BumF: Association for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, list of links to help people who have fled Ukraine [in German]
- Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft zur Unterstützung Asylsuchender e. V. (charitable association to support asylum seekers), information about residence laws and social benefis for people from Ukraine[in German]
- Informationsverbund Asyl & Migration (Germany’s main independent institution providing background information for asylum and migration practitioners)[in German, English, український]
- minorkontor: Projektkontor für Bildung und Forschung, Aufenthaltsrechtliche Fragen (venture office for education and research, questions and legal issues about residence status) [in German, український, русский, English]
- AWO: general information about asylum, payments and material support, languages, vocational training, work, health, public life, help and assistance, other addresses [русский]
Refugee rates in the different federal states:
- To the Counselling service for refugees from the Ukraine and other directly affected individuals[Deutsch, Englisch, русский]
- Guide: Live healthy – stay healthy [русский]
- Guide: Health for all [русский]
- Guide: Growing old: health and care options [русский]
- Guide: Maternal health [русский]
- Initiative "Gemeinsam für psychische Gesundheit" (together for mental health) at the University of Greifswald [in German, русский]
- Guide: Depression [русский]
- he Krisenchat initiative (crisis chat) was set up so that those suffering from depression can communicate with each other and quickly receive professional counselling via text message or Whatsapp. Link to the Krisenchat [in German]
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s [in German, русский]
- In need of care [русский]
- Help with chronic illnesses [русский]
- Diabetes [русский]
- Hospice and Palliative Care [русский]
Unterkunft Ukraine is an alliance of sustainable organisations which supports a civil society. gut.org gAG has taken over its coordination. The aim is to construct safe, long-term and partnership solutions for those who have fled who are seeking accommodation. Interested parties can offer private accommodation, those looking for shelter will be provided with accommodation options. Link to #Unterkunft-Ukraine [in German, український, русский]
Millions of people from Ukraine are already on their way to safe countries in the EU. Those fleeing urgently need places to stay. If you have a room available or can offer other accommodation like hotel rooms, please get in touch with host4ukraine [in English, український]
Children and parents
- Guides for parents: Vocational education in Germany[русский]
- Career advice: Information for parents [русский]
- How to explain about war to children [in German]
- How to explain about war to children, episode of the children’s programme Sendung mit der Maus [in German]
- Explaining war to children, taking away fears but also allowing them, Deutschlandfunk [in German]
Women in distress
- The Zentrale Informationsstelle Autonomer Frauenhäuser is committed to fighting against violence towards women and fighting for an improvement in the situation for women who suffer violence and their children. Link to the women’s refuge search [in German, English]
- Women’s refuges and counselling centres offer these women protection from further violence. They help the women to overcome the consequences of violence and abuse and build a life without violence. Link to the Association of Women’s Shelters [in German, English, русский]
- Frauen gegen Gewalt e.V. (association of women against violence, look for counselling services in the area [in German, Englisch]
- Violence against women support hotline [in German, English, русский]
- Support hotline “pregnant and in need” [in German, English, русский]
- Information sheet by the Federal Foundation - Mother and Child, information for pregnant women in emergency situations [український]
- Advice and help with domestic violence [русский]
- The Host a Sister group on Facebook is a place where women offer fleeing women a safe place to stay. Link to Host a Sister [in English]
Help for LGBTIQ*
- Overview of current help services, link to the Rainbow Web Portal [in German, English]
- Ukraine - BIPOC and LGBTQ accommodation.
Learning a language
Refugeephrasebook.de offers a collection of helpful phrases, vocab and links for refugees and helpers to assist with orientation after newcomers arrive in the country. A network of volunteers translates words for initial orientation with a basic vocab, as well as medical and legal themes, in 44 languages. The translations and resources are available as open data and as ready-to-print files. All material is available under an open licence. Refugee initiatives, designers and helpers can use the data for free and adapt it to create their own versions for use in aid projects.
Link to the refugee phrasebook [in German, English український, русский, etc.]
Content: contacts, advice, services
- To the website of Kiel "Kiel supports Ukrains [Deutsch, український]
- To the website of the Ukrainian Assistance Staff for Protection Seekers [Deutsch, український]
- Information on topics such as work, residence, entering and leaving the country, state aid, medical assistance, accommodation, counselling and support [in German, український, русский]
- Digital guide for refugees from Ukraine [in German, український]
- Deutsche Bahn trains: information about the Help Ukraine Ticket [in German, English, український, русский]
- “Ukrainische Deutschlandminute (Ukrainian minute in Germany)”: news, information and service for refugees and Ukrainians in Germany [український] Everyday guide for refugees [русский]
- Networks and offers by private individuals for legal aid, translations, etc. in certain places and cities [in German, you need an Instagram account]
- mbeon app: general advice for adult immigrants in Germany [український, русский]
- Legal advice for refugees [in German, English]
- Refugee law clinic, Kiel [in German, English, русский]
- Call Center: Help for refugees. Calls from Poland and Ukraine are free of charge +49 152 21455530 or +49 152 21455525