New application phase for the ASH Pre-Study Program: April 15th to May 15th (annually)

Online information sessions: Monday, April 29th from 10 am to 12 pm & Monday, May 6th from 4 pm to 6 pm. The Zoom access details will be published on the homepage on the day of the event (1 hour before the start of the event).

The placement test for participation in the ASH Pre-Study Program 2024/25 will take place on July 11th 2024, from 12:00 to 3:00 pm in the Audimax of ASH Berlin

Program start: August 12th 2024

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The ASH Pre-Study Programme

The ASH Pre-Study Program prepares prospective students with international educational backgrounds for a regular degree program in Social Work, Education and Childhood Education, Health and Nursing Professions, as well as Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy. As part of the ASH Pre-Study Program, you will acquire all necessary qualifications for applying to a degree program at ASH Berlin.

The program is free of charge; however, travel expenses are to be borne by the participants themselves.

The ASH Pre-Study Programme is aimed at all newcomers, i.e. international and refugee prospective students who have not obtained their educational qualifications in Germany and are not yet eligible to apply for a regular degree programme at ASH Berlin. 

In the course of the one-year ASH Pre-Study Programme:

  • Participants are prepared for the ASH German language examination for university entrance as part of the preparatory language course (B1-C1).
  • Participants are accompanied and supported in completing mandatory pre-study internships.
  • Participants are given the opportunity to attend initial seminars that can be credited towards their degree programme.
  • Participants are accompanied and supported when applying to the regular degree programme.

Video presentations


The presentation can also be viewed in the following languages (please click on the respective link):

Presentation in Arabic
Presentation in German
Presentation in Kurdish
Presentation in Persian
Presentation in Russian
Presentation in Turkish
Presentation in Ukrainian

Structure of the Programme

The ASH Pre-Study Programme lasts one year (August to July) and consists of:


  • Completion of the preparatory language course (level B1 to C1)
  • Attendance of first seminars
  • Completion of further study-specific admission requirements (e.g. preparatory internship)
  • Completion of the ASH German language examination for university admission (DSH) 


  • Support and guidance from peer mentors and a social worker
  • Final support with the application to the regular degree programme

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Please send your application to: pre-studies@

Prerequisites for participation

  • Successful completion of the placement test: German language level B1 
  • University entrance qualification (if these documents are not yet available, please contact us by e-mail or telephone)

Application phase

15 April - 15 May (annually)

Documents to be submitted

  • Letter of motivation (English or German, max. 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae (English or German)
  • Identity document (copy)
  • University entrance qualification (copy) or proof of previous education including A-levels, any previous academic records

Weighting for admission to the ASH Pre-Study Programme:

  • Recognised university entrance qualification = prerequisite
  • Passed B1 placement test = prerequisite
  • Letter of motivation = essential if there are more successful applicants than places

The placement test will take place on 11.07.2024 from 12-15h in the Audimax of ASH Berlin.



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The ASH Refugee Office

There are a variety of language learning options in Berlin.
We will support you with finding a language class that meets your expectations and requirements.  Our service covers issues such as financing, childcare and access to online language classes by accessing an existing network of language learning options. 

In addition, the International Office of ASH Berlin provides licenses for free online language courses. In order to use the service, all you need is a device with which you can access the internet (smartphone, tablet, computer etc.) and an internet connection. If you are interested, please contact us at studyabroad@

The different pathways in education and their pre-requisites are very complex. We will be happy to advise you on which options are available to you with your current apprenticeship, school or university certificates. We can establish contact between you and the relevant persons at universities, further education centres and apprenticeship offices. We also provide information about studying at ASH Berlin and opportunities for studying via the ASH Pre-Study Programme.    

We will support you with finding the right advice should you be in need of legal assistance.
Since we do not have legal training, legal advice cannot be directly provided. However, we offer general guidance and maintain connections with the relevant advisory institutions. Having access to a broad network enables us to direct you to many different legal advisory institutions specialising in various legal fields.

We can support you with gathering the documents you need to find an apartment.
We are also happy to show you how to find an apartment on your own or put you in touch with people who can actively support you in your search.
In addition, we can provide tips on finding a room in a shared-apartment.    

The services of the ASH Refugee Office are free of charge.

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Contact and support

If you are interested, need support or have questions regarding our service or the ASH Pre-Study Programme, please contact the ASH Refugee Office Team.
E-Mail an pre-studies@
Contact person: Silvia Ben Mahrez

ASH Refugee Office
Alice-Salomon-Platz 5
12627 Berlin

Opening hours: Monday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Room: Refugee Office at StuPa Office 019
Directions: U5 or Tramway 6, station „Hellersdorf“

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