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What childcare options are available for children who are not yet school-aged?

Ukrainian children have the right to daycare under German law. You can get information about various Kita and Kindergarten (in Germany, for children aged 0-3 the daycare centers called "Kindertagesstรคtte" or "Kita" and 3-6 years, its called Kindergarten) portals such as www.kita.de mceclip0.png or www.kindergarten-vergleich.de mceclip0.png and search for a fitting Kita.

Costs vary from Kita to Kita and district to district. If you cannot afford Kita fees, you can apply for a "day-care voucher" (Kita-Gutschein) at the Youth Welfare Office mceclip0.png.

In Germany, each of the 16 federal states (Bundeslรคnder) has its own rules, even though there are many similarities. In Berlin, daycare in Kitas/Kindergรคrten is free of charge. Kindergรคrten are free of charge in the federal states of Hessen, Niedersachsen, and Rheinland-Pfalz. Parents may, however, be asked to pay for their childrenโ€™s meals.

Please note that to attend a Kita/Kindergarten in Germany, children usually need to prove that they are vaccinated against measles. Please check with the local authorities where your children can get vaccinated.

More information at Handbook Germany mceclip0.png.

How do I enroll my child(ren) into school?

To enroll your children in school, please get in touch with the local education authority (Schulamt) or the schools directly.

If you need advice or support, you can contact the Youth Migration Service mceclip0.png. (Jugendmigrationsdienst) in your area or the Parent Hotline mceclip0.png (Elternhotline). The staff speak numerous languages and will help you free of charge.

Here mceclip0.png you can find detailed information on the schooling system in your neighborhood.
You can find many educational resources for your child in Ukrainian on obr.education mceclip0.png.
You can find various Ukrainian textbooks for all grades on mundo.schule mceclip0.png and lib.imzo.gov.ua mceclip0.png

Also, please check this online hub for children in 7-11 grades for home studies and additional resources. It does not replace the official school curriculum.

What happens if my kid gets sick?

Once granted temporary protection status you and your child will have access to the healthcare system. Urgent medical service is provided in all hospitals without health insurance.
Official information on healthcare in Ukrainian, Russian, English, German is at germany4ukraine.de mceclip0.png.

  • At arzt-auskunft.de mceclip0.png, you can find a children's doctor near your location in Germany. Choose "Kinderheilkunde / Kinder- und Jugendmedizin" and the city you are based in.
  • https://ukr-dim.de/ukrainski-likari/ mceclip0.png - a full list of Ukrainian and Russian speaking doctors in Berlin. Scroll down to "Kinder- und Jugendmedizin" to find options for medical assistance for children.
  • Children from Ukraine who are sick with cancer can get a free medical treatment in Essen mceclip0.png: info@universitaetsmedizin.de.
  • Contact details of Ukrainian speaking child-doctors in Berlin: 1) Andreas Mรผhmer. Rathenower Str. 52 Tel: 030/39838028 2) Tetyana Smetanyuk, Izabela Varahram 10551, Turmstr. 31 Tel: 030/3961010 3) Galina Nรถtzel 12621, Chemnitzer Str. 196 Tel: 030/5677267 4) Valeriya Maryuschenko 12679, Basdorfer Str. 10 Tel: 030/9350409 5) Ana Garcia 10178, Dircksenstr. 47 16 40 20 Tel: 030/2 4569870.
Can I continue my university studies at another university? What documents do I need?

Both Germany and Ukraine implement the Bologna system. Your academic achievements from Ukraine will therefore likely be recognized in Germany. Whether you get a place at a certain university depends on the university's decision. You can contact the respective universities directly.

You can continue your studies even if you have not yet completed your first year of study in Ukraine. You do not have to take an entrance exam. You will however most likely have to prove that you have the appropriate language skills.

Universities are putting in place schemes to welcome Ukrainians and people fleeing Ukraine such as the examples below and many more. You can contact your local university for more information.

  • The European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) is offering special preparation classes for Ukrainian refugees as well as the opportunity to study there. It is also assisting Ukrainians with respect to student housing.
  • The Ukrainian Free University in Munich is providing various forms of assistance to Ukrainians affected by the war. They are collecting donations to offer scholarships to those unable to pay the tuition fees due to the war.
  • The Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich is collecting donations to support students and professors in various ways (one-time financial support / fellowships / assistance for dealing with the German authorities / counselling regarding German classes and options to study at LMU). More information here mceclip0.png.

Please note that starting from June 1st, 2022, people with a residence permit according to Section 24 of the Residency Act or a corresponding โ€œFiktionsbescheinigungโ€ plus registration with the Auslรคnderzentralregister (AZR) can receive BAfรถG. BAfรถG is a state student finance program.

Ukrainian students who were unable to graduate from school because of the war can still study in Germany. The Ukrainian students have to apply to their chosen university's preparatory course ("Studienkolleg"). For admission to a preparatory course, you must prove that you attended the 11th grade in Ukraine.

What languages do I need to speak to be able to study?

The required language skills depend on the specific course of study. Classes at German universities are mainly held in German and thus, the German language might be required. You can search for a programme in a certain language on erudera.com mceclip0.png.

Where can I pass my related language exams (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS)?

There are numerous test centers all over Germany. Just bear in mind that not all test centers have regular tests scheduled. It is best to check on ETS.org mceclip0.png for current information. More information at global-exam.com mceclip0.png.