Information for refugees wishing to study at the University of Fribourg

The University of Fribourg has a long tradition of welcoming people who have had to leave their countries for political reasons. Therefore, it is with pleasure that we open our doors to refugees, to give them the opportunity to pursue their studies initiated in their country of origin or to start a new academic curriculum at the University of Fribourg.

Possibilities to enter UniFR


Any person over 18 years of age can follow, as a listener, the majority of the courses offered by the University of Fribourg. The status of listener is a great way to step (back) into the academic world, discover the University of Fribourg and test the course levels, as well as the language skills required. However, listeners do not have the possibility to validate credits or pass exams. They can only receive a written confirmation for the courses they have attended.

Further information

Regular student

Refugee candidates must fulfill the current conditions of admission as any other candidate to the University of Fribourg. People who meet the requirement for an admission to bachelor or master studies can submit their application to the Office for Admissions and Registration.

Further information:

The Admission and Registration Office is available for individual appointments and is pleased to advise refugee candidates as to the completing of their application files.

Teaching and working languages at the University of Fribourg are usually French and German. It is therefore mandatory to have sufficient language skills in one of these two languages. In addition, a proof of language skills must be provided for an admission to bachelor studies.

Further information

Student 30+

Any person who does not hold a diploma allowing an admission to the University of Fribourg and who is 30 years of age and over can submit an application for admission 30+.

Further information

Additional services for students registered at UniFR

Language Center

The Language Center of the University of Fribourg offers group language courses, including French and German. Autonomous learning methods are also offered to those wishing to learn a language individually.

Language Center


Uni-Social offers support and advice to students, eg. psychosocial counselling or support with administrative procedures.