Practices in Higher Education admissions: Recognising qualifications and admission of refugees

The admission processes that refugees and asylum seekers face when willing to study in Europe are often very arduous, including lack of information, advice and individual guidance for specific needs. There is often a lack of documents, limited knowledge on the host country’s educational system as well as restricted access to governmental funding. Here below you will find a list of resources on the topic of recognition and admission procedures for refugees and asylum seekers:


Refugees' integration into higher education and recognition procedures for the recognition of qualification of displaced persons and persons in a refugee-like situation were specifically discussed during meetings held in October/December 2015 (ENIC/NARIC). What do you do if you should receive an application from a refugee with or without documentation of the qualifications obtained? Here you will find advice on how to determine whether the person – and potential student – meets the main requirements to enter a programme, how to communicate to potential students arriving as refugees and where to find more information on your legal obligations.
In addition, UK NARIC and NOKUT have partnered in a project to develop common European process for refugees. Mote information here.
More information on the Norwegian approach to recognising qualifications to refugees can be found at About general information on qualifications for refugees, please click here.

Test for Foreign Students (TestAS), Germany

With the German Test for Foreign Students (TestAS), the student can realistically assess his/her chances of completing his/her degree programme successfully. The TestAS is a standardised exam which allows universities to compare the scholastic aptitude of their prospective students. Each university recognises the test results differently. The test is comprised of three parts: the “onScreen” language test, the Core Test and “subject-specific test modules”. More information at

List of inspiring practices gathered by the European Commission

Here you can access the list of inspiring practices related to the Recognition of skills, access to HE and Integration of Researchers in HE.