Integration through language – HNU and Ulm University of Applied Sciences offer a preparatory German language course for refugees who wish to study

Neu-Ulm, 25.04.2016

From 6 June 2016, the HNU and the Ulm University of Applied Sciences will offer a joint German course for refugees who wish to apply for a place at one of the two universities of applied sciences. Applicants must apply by 10 May 2016.

"Refugees who have already studied for several semesters in their home countries often want to complete their studies in Germany. Thanks to these German courses, we can now build that bridge for them and prepare them for their study requirements in Germany," said Professor Dr. Julia Kormann, HNU Vice-President and Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary, International and Engaged Learning (Ziiel).

From 6 June, the HNU and the Ulm University of Applied Sciences will offer a German language course to prepare refugees for their studies in Germany. Upon successful completion, the participants will have the necessary language abilities to start a German-language degree programme. The course takes students up to the C2 level in German language skills and is carried out by the Institute of Education in Senden. Teaching blocks are held alternately at the Ulm University of Applied Sciences and the HNU.

The HNU surveyed the educational profiles of refugees in the Ulm and Neu-Ulm areas during the past winter semester. Among the respondents were some refugees who had already studied for several semesters and several who had already completed a degree in their home countries; however, their lack of German language skills precluded them from applying for a degree programme in Germany. The HNU also organised a study and educational counselling day for refugees in collaboration with partners from the region, the Ulm University of Applied Sciences, the Ulm University, the Swabia Chambers of Trade and Industry, the Günzburg/Neu-Ulm Guild of Craftsmen and the Employment Agency. The aim was to provide them with early-stage guidance on their choice of vocational training and to help them find their way in the German educational system. "We concluded that refugees who could potentially meet the entry requirements but have not already studied in their home country were usually more interested in dual training than in getting a university degree. So our offer is primarily aimed at refugees who want to study here in Germany to complete the degree programmes they began in their home countries," explained Professor Dr. Julia Kormann. "For several months now, the Ulm University of Applied Sciences has been inundated with demands from refugees who are specifically interested in our technical subjects. We certainly want to support these highly-motivated prospective students in our region," added Professor Dr. Christian Dettmann, Vice-Rector of the Ulm University of Applied Sciences and head of the project at his institution.

The German course is a bridge but no admission ticket: Before the participants of the German language course can actually start studying, they must successfully complete a nationally-standardised German test – then they can apply for admission to the degree programme in question. "German language skills alone are not enough to successfully complete a degree. We already offer support programmes and will also promote the socio-cultural integration of the refugees through the Welcome programme," explained Professor Dr. Julia Kormann.

The preparatory language course is sponsored by the DAAD with funds from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Refugees who are interested in university studies can apply for the language course until 10 May 2016.

Required documentation:

  • German-language skills, at level B1
  • University admission qualification
  • Residence permit

For more information about the German course and how to apply:
www.hs-neu-ulm.de/refugees

Ansprechpartner an der Hochschule Neu-Ulm zum Projekt:

Christopher Cordes,
Academic Coordinator – Centre for Interdisciplinary, International and Engaged Learning

Project contact person at the Ulm University of Applied Sciences:

Dr. Kaja Swanhilt Haeger,
Head of the Student Service Center

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