Services, Projects and Initiatives for Refugees at Heidelberg University
Photo: City of Heidelberg / Diemer
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 (funded by the INTEGRA program of the DAAD) 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 sudden financial difficulties, the Student Council can provide a short-term hardship payment for students, also if they still are in a preparatory course (German language course, Studienkolleg or Preliminary Induction Semester).
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.
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)
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)