MIL-OSI Translation: Higher education programs for refugees will be extended

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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Germany –

MIL OSI – Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research –

Headline: University programs for refugees will be extended

At the end of 2015, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) announced a package of measures for the integration of refugees capable of studying in the German universities, which is implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). This enables German universities to give talented young people an academic perspective.

“The demand of studyable refugees for preparatory German and specialized courses has clearly exceeded our expectations,” says Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, State Secretary in the BMBF, on the occasion of a DAAD conference in Berlin, which draws an interim balance after two years of funding the federally funded programs. “The commitment of German universities and the many student initiatives continues unabated. In the meantime, several thousand refugees have made the leap into a regular Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program. Like other international students, we see them as enrichment for Germany. Therefore, the BMBF will continue the funding for refugee students. “

“Education is central to the integration of refugees. We have achieved a great deal with our package of measures, which forms the basis for successful access to a course of study, and at the same time we still have a lot in store for us, “says DAAD President Prof. Margret Wintermantel. “In the future, the focus will have to be on questions of optimal accompaniment during the studies, securing academic success or questions of academic qualification for optimal preparation for the transition to the labor market. We welcome the fact that the BMBF will continue to finance the programs and we thank you for the trusting cooperation. “

In the first year of funding, more than 6,800 refugee prospective students participated in some 700 language and technical preparatory courses funded through the Integra program. In 2017, this number has already increased to over 10,000 participants.

Around 600 student initiatives also help refugee prospective students enter the world of higher education as part of the Welcome program.

The continuing increase in the number of participants confirms that the interest in tertiary education among refugees is high. More and more students are starting regular studies.

The Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), a BMBF-funded representative long-term study, shows that 35% of adult refugees have completed secondary education across all countries of origin, 16% of adults have previously studied at a university and 11% have at least a first degree in the bag. One third of adult refugees seek to obtain a German university degree. The same technical and linguistic prerequisites apply to them as they apply to other German and international students.

Conference “Much accomplished and yet only at the beginning? Achievements and challenges in integrating refugees into studies

From 14 to 16 March, the DAAD will be discussing experiences, concerns and development ideas together with German universities, students, refugees and partners at a specialist conference. Numerous workshops and professional trainings on the following days offer participants the opportunity to discuss important topics in depth and to exchange ideas with each other.


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the organization of German universities and their students for the internationalization of the science system. It provides access to the best study and research opportunities for students, researchers and teachers by awarding scholarships.

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