The University of Bayreuth offers refugees bright prospects, fostering integration by way of university education. Against this background, the University offers – among other things – intensive preparatory courses in the German language, sponsored by the DAAD in the framework of the programmes "Welcome" and "Integra". Although the number of newly arrived refugees has recently decreased, there are still considerable challenges facing those who have come to Germany.
The programme "Refugees Welcome" was established in Winter Semester 2015/16. In the context of this programme, the University of Bayreuth offers intensive preparatory German language courses in cooperation with the IIK (Institut für Internationale Kommunikation und Auswärtige Kulturarbeit e.V.). These courses help prepare refugees who hold a higher education entrance qualification for the possibility of studying at a German university.
Furhermore, several associations and student organizations have also demonstrated their dedication to the cause. Staff members at the University of Bayreuth have also initiated new collaborations in which students can get involved in helping refugees. Regular football games, clothing drives, career plan advising, intercultural Music-Making are a few examples of the interaction between refugees and students/administrative staff.
Students at the University of Bayreuth can also volunteer to help teach German to the children in the transitional classes at Bayreuth’s Luitpold-Grundschule.
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