Refugees at universities – Programmes and measures
The DAAD wishes to strengthen the potential of academically qualified refugees and provide them access to higher education in Germany. In collaboration with universities and partner organisations, the DAAD is developing various programmes to promote integration of refugees at German universities.
Many refugees have gained university entrance qualification in their home country, or had commenced or completed a degree programme there. In order to make it easier for them to take up study in Germany, the DAAD has developed an extensive range of new measures. An overview of the most important measures.
Integrating refugees into academic life poses major challenges to universities. This funding programme supports preparatory language and subject-related instruction in preparatory colleges (Studienkollegs) and comparable university programmes.
By waiving examination and processing fees for TestAS, uni-assist and the online assessment test onSET-Deutsch and onSET-English, the DAAD has taken important steps towards successfully integrating refugees in Germany’s higher education system.
In the last two years, North Rhine-Westphalia has welcomed a large number of refugees. There are many amongst them who want to study and have the skills and qualifications. The funding programme enables NRW universities to offer study guidance for refugees and German language courses in preparation for as well as during studies.
Funded by the European Union’s Madad Fund, the HOPES project addresses Syrian refugee students in the countries Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and Turkey. In addition, limited support through scholarships is provided to students from the host countries.
The DAAD has been supporting universities with the integration of refugee students by means of several programmes for one year now. The feedback reported by project leaders in a first review in Bonn is very positive.
With the "exceed" program, the DAAD is funding academic excellence and international cooperation in exceptional dimensions through funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Bonn, 11.11.2016. A total of 221 Syrian students with a scholarship of the “Leadership for Syria” programme started to study at a German university in the winter semester 2015/16. The programme is run by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Foreign Office and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Master degree students and doctoral candidates are obliged to take part in a supporting programme designed to familiarise them with social, political, academic and economic structures of free democratic legal systems. The University of Konstanz has been selected by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to conduct the blended learning programme for its scholarship holders. Irrespective of the degree subject studied, the 2-semester course teaches skills and competencies required for future reconstruction of the country.
Bonn, 24.10.2016. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The aim is to create new prospects for Syrian refugees through access to higher education in the MENA region and Turkey. DAAD, the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the 'Madad Fund' and UNHCR are working together to pool their capacities to reach a higher impact for their HOPES project (DAAD) and the DAFI (UNHCR) scholarship program.
The number of refugees wishing to study in Germany is increasing. This poses new challenges for universities and associations for student affairs. Despite many years of experience in the integration of international students, specific questions naturally arise with regard to refugees.