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Services and initiatives for refugees

Providing assistance to people who have fled from war and political persecution in their native country and helping them to realize their potential: The University of Freiburg is taking on responsibility by developing new programs for refugees interested in studying and coordinating existing faculty and student initiatives and projects for refugees.

Central University Services

Advising and review of higher education entrance qualifications

The first point of contact at the University of Freiburg for refugees interested in studying is the Department of International Admissions and Services (IAS) at the Student Service Center (SCS). It provides support and advising for all international students before, during, and after a course of study and also reviews the higher education entrance qualifications of refugees interested in taking up a course of study.


Guest student program

Refugees interested in taking up a course of study are eligible to register at the University of Freiburg as guest students. This gives them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with Baden-Württemberg’s university system. Guest students have a wide variety of courses to choose from and also receive free access to the university’s independent language learning area, where they can use learning materials and computer programs to practice German and other foreign languages. The University of Freiburg is waiving the 50-euro guest student registration fee for refugees in winter semester 2016/2017.

 
Scholars at Risk

The University of Freiburg has joined the “Scholars at Risk” network. The organization aims each year to make possible guest fellowships abroad for researchers who are threatened with war and political persecution in their homelands. More than 400 universities from around 40 countries belong to the network. The first visiting fellow from the program has already arrived. The Arnold Bergstraesser Institute for Socio-Cultural Research (ABI) has successfully applied for a fellowship stipend for a researcher from Burundi. The grant came from the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, which was started by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation together with Foreign Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative was established by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation together with the Foreign Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. It enables universities, colleges and other research institutions in Germany to provide guest fellowships for scholars from abroad who are at risk. This initiative is financed by the Foreign Ministry, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the Klaus Tschira Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Stiftung Mercator.

Services of the Studierendenwerk Freiburg (SWFR)

The SWFR is responsible for providing social counseling to students in the Freiburg region. The SWFR counseling services are also open to prospective refugee students who have questions on social, health, or financial issues. Furthermore the website offers detailed information about studying for refugees.