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Universität Heidelberg Joins National Code of Conduct on Foreign Students at German Universities

Press Release No. 204/2010
23 September 2010
Commitment from universities to optimise support of foreign students

To ensure optimal assistance to its international students, Heidelberg University has joined the “National Code of Conduct on Foreign Students at German Universities”. The purpose of the national Code of Conduct is to ensure and continuously improve the quality of international students’ academic experience in Germany through the establishment of fundamental standards. Through its participation, Heidelberg University pledges to uphold the quality standards defined in the Code of Conduct, which go beyond those required by law, with respect to information, guidance, admissions and assistance. The Code of Conduct was developed by the Universities Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The standards the universities commit to follow include providing international students with information and guidance regarding their course of study, selection and admissions procedures, and the recognition of coursework and examinations already completed. One major component of the Code of Conduct is the support of international students with respect to field of study, language, and social issues. It also addresses how universities support international students both during and after completion of their studies, such as providing information on career options or concerning alumni work. The Code of Conduct also addresses how to handle problems or complaints. To date, more than 100 universities have committed to the Code of Conduct.

Approximately 20% of the students and nearly one-third of the postgraduates enrolled at Heidelberg University come from abroad. According to the DAAD study “Wissenschaft weltoffen 2010” and University Information System GmbH, Ruperto Carola is the favourite German university of postgraduates from abroad.

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