University Offerings, Projects and Initiatives for Refugees
Photo: City of Heidelberg / Diemer
Under the direction of the Vice-President Student Affairs and Teaching, the university has set up a task force composed of teaching staff, administrative employees and student representatives to coordinate the various existing initiatives and projects as well as develop new forms of aid.
For refugees interested in academic programmes
Prospective students interested in studying at Heidelberg University can find information on programmes and the application process on the service portal for international students. Drop-ins are welcome during office hours.
Service portal for international students
Personal advisory services
Refugees can obtain guidance tailored to their individual situation from the International Relations Division. You can come during open office hours or schedule an individual appointment. See column on the right for contact information and office hours. Institutions, networks and volunteer assistants with questions about university study may also contact the division office.
International Relations Division
The International Study Centre of Heidelberg University offers pre-study German courses. For refugees who wish to study in Baden-Württemberg, a limited number of courses are available free of charge. For more information, contact the International Study Centre directly or the International Relations Division (see the column on the right for contact information.
International Study Centre
Guest auditor programme
Certain activities are also open to non-enrolled guest auditors. There are no special prerequisites to qualify for the guest auditor programme. Registration is required and free for refugees. Admission-restricted courses cannot be audited.
Guest auditor programme
In the DAAD-funded WELCOME Programme, Heidelberg students lend newcomers a helping hand. They can help new students get started, answer everyday social questions and help navigate administrative channels. They also introduce new arrivals to the cultural side of student life in Heidelberg.
Aid from the faculties
In cooperation with the local charities at the reception and councelling centres and teachers and students from the faculties offer their support in the respective field.
Teachers and students from the Faculty of Law provide legal counsel to refugees.
Teachers and students from the Institute of Translation and Interpreting offer interpretation services in the preliminary reception centre for refugees.
Teachers and students from the Medical Faculties of Heidelberg and Mannheim provide medical care.
Heidelberg student union's psychosocial counselling for students also provides refugees with their services. It offers help and advice in social and psychological conflict situations.
Psychosocial counselling for students (PCS)
Qualification opportunities for volunteers
Teaching German as a foreign language
The Institute for German as a Foreign Language Philology organises two-day training courses on the structure, acquisition and promotion of German. The training is aimed at laypersons who want to provide volunteer language teaching to refugee children of pre-school and primary school age and to teen and adult refugees. The third 14-hour training course that took place on 02 and 03 December 2016 was attended by numerous interested laypersons.
Contact person at the Institute for German as a Foreign Language Philology (Ger)
Uniting theory and practice
The seminar “Promoting educational opportunities of young migrants in the German education system” has been offered at the Institute for Education Studies by assigned teacher Prof. Dr. Ingrid Dietrich since the 2014 summer semester. Among other things, it focuses on how schools in Germany can cope with these challenges, how to organize funding for German as a second language, and how to positively approach cultural diversity in the classroom and school life. Students also commit to providing individual assistance to one child or youth with a refugee background for the duration of one semester at a Heidelberg area school.
Contact at Institute for Education Studies (Ger)