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German universities help with Ukrainian admissions

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Entrance exams to take place at six locations across the country to prepare refugee students

Several German universities will make their premises and infrastructure available to refugees from Ukraine to conduct standardised exams for admission and continued study at Ukrainian universities.

The German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) confirmed last week that online exams will take place at a total of six locations: Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, Leipzig and Munich. About 5,500 people are expected to take the tests in Germany, the HRK said.
The exams will be held simultaneously in Ukraine and other European countries.  

The Ukrainian science ministry had approached German university leaders with a request for support, the HRK explained. The rectors’ representative body then took over the coordination and recruited universities with the necessary logistical and technical prerequisites, it said.

Attention was also paid to achieving an even geographical distribution throughout Germany, to allow Ukrainian refugees from all over the country to access the exams.

“We are very pleased that we, as the German higher education system, can make a contribution to supporting Ukraine,” said HRK president Peter-André Alt. “My great thanks go in particular to the participating higher education institutions, their managements and all their staff, whose commitment helps to ensure that the people who had to flee from the Russian war of aggression can continue to pursue their educational biographies despite the difficult conditions.”

A version of this article also appeared in Research Europe