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Refugees Initiative

DAAD Welcome Project at KIT: Buddy- and PELICAN tandem programs

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INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

COUNTRY

Germany

CITY

Karlsruhe

Address

Adenauerring 2, 76131 Karlsruhe
https://goo.gl/maps/9Gscf9yFVzDA9gUw5
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

TYPOLOGY

- Help desk and supporting services for refugee students
- Language and other introductory courses for refugee students
- Non formal education activities for students
- Social Events
- Tutoring and peer support for refugee students

TARGET GROUPS

- Newly arrived refugees
- Refugees of second generation
- Students
- University staff (academic and administrative)

DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is receiving funds from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for a programme called „Welcome – students initiatives for refugees“. The language tandem program PELICAN and the buddy-programme are two of these initiatives.

Buddy-Programm

The Buddy-Programm is for international students with and without a refugee background. In this case, a student of KIT will assist international students enrolling for a bachelor’s or master’s degree programs for one semester, if possible from the same degree program. This contact person is available for all questions and topics that arise in everyday student life.

Tandem program „Pelican“

The work group "Engagement for Refugees" at the Institute for German Studies offers the tandem program "Pelican" (http://www.pelican.kit.edu/english/index.php). Pelican provides tandems of one student and one refugee, who already worked in his/her home country in an academic environment or who is interested in studying at KIT. Through interacting and intercultural exchange, the linguistic competence of the refugees improve, and longer-term encounters with natives are also possible.