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KIT Coordinator for the Integration of Refugees
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On March 01, 2016, Daniela von Rüden started work as refugee coordinator at KIT. She is the central contact person for the support and integration of refugees at KIT.


Office Hours for Refugees

On Thursdays from 2 to 4 pm in building 50.20, ground floor, room 005. The consultation is held in different languages with the support of the KIT student ambassadors.

The KIT student ambassadors are happy to answer general questions regarding the educational system in Germany and the studying opportunities at KIT.

Information Session

The student ambassadors will inform in a monthly information session at KIT about the different study possibilities in Germany and their relative prerequisites.

18.04., 20.06., 22.08., 14.11.2018

17:00 h

Building 50.20, room 005


Playlist with seven videos in Arabic on YouTube

Refugees at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Has Developed Various Actions and Offerings to Support the Integration of Refugees.

Shelter for Refugees

Since November 2014, KIT supported the Baden-Württemberg initial reception center in Karlsruhe by making available spaces and rooms on two of its campuses. On July 1, 2016, the tents for accommodating refugees on Campus East were closed by the Karlsruhe regional council. The other accommodation, the “old canteen” on Campus North, was shut down as well, but will be kept as a reserve in order to be able to cope with a potential increase of the number of refugees in the future.

Flüchtlingshilfe am KIT

From 2014 to 2016, hundreds of employees and students of KIT joined the initiative Flüchtlingshilfe am KIT (KIT refugee aid organization) as volunteers. To improve the living conditions of the refugees at the emergency accommodations, they organized tearooms, handicraft groups, clothing stores, and many more activities. The KIT refugee aid organization plans to continue its commitment even after the closure of the accommodations. The focus of activities will be shifted from first/emergency help to integration offers.

Scholarship Program

Moreover, KIT supported the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts in organizing a Scholarship program for 50 Syrian refugees to continue or start university studies. About ten scholarship holders wish to study at KIT and are presently attending preparatory courses of mathematics, computer science, chemistry, and physics. From October, the Studienkolleg will offer German language courses for them.

Guest Auditor Program

KIT has also launched a guest auditor program for refugees and, together with the General Students Committee, organizes courses and gives advice. The refugees are to start university studies at an early stage as guest auditors. They can join lectures and meet other students. In this way, KIT supports those, who wish to further qualify later on, to complete their studies, or to find orientation. The costs arising for guest auditors are borne by KIT.

Consultation on University Application

A website of the Studying and Teaching Service Unit (SLE) provides information for refugees about advisory services offered, preparation options, and the process of applying for studies. Information on regular admission of foreign applicants to study at KIT is given by the International Students Office.

Entry in Employment

The Helmholtz Association and the Federal Labor Agency have launched a joint initiative to facilitate the start of a scientific or close-to-science employment for refugees. In the medium term, ten to twenty people are planned to be integrated at each Helmholtz Center. For this task, the Helmholtz Association makes available funds in the total amount of EUR 1 million. In addition, the Helmholtz Centres provide total funding of a similar amount. The remaining costs will be borne by the Federal Labor Agency.

Tandem Program „Pelican“

The work group „Engagement für Flüchtlinge“ at the Institute for German Studies offers the Tandem Program "Pelican" (Personal Intercultural Academic Network). Pelican finds tandems of Karlsruhe scientists / students and refugees, who worked in the academic sector in their home country already. The program helps to improve the language skills of the refugees by intercultural exchange and longer-term encounters with Germans. The program is financed by the DAAD from funds of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

KIT Studies Ambassador Program

The KIT Studies Ambassador Program is aimed at providing advice to refugees living in the region of Karlsruhe as regards their future studies or professions. Following an invitation, students of KIT will visit temporary accommodations of refugees / refugee initiatives in the region of Karlsruhe and provide information in Arabic, Amharic, English, French, Pashto, Panjabi, Urdu or Tigrinya. KIT studies ambassadors are students of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. They have different scientific backgrounds. The costs of the program are financed from funds of the DAAD. The institutions accommodating refugees have no costs or obligations whatsoever. Financed by the DAAD from funds of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

"Programming for Refugees in Karlsruhe“

An initiative of employees, supported by the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) and the association Angewandte Informatik Karlsruhe e.V. (AIK), offers a cost-free course on the fundamentals of computer science and Java programming for refugees. “Programming for Refugees in Karlsruhe” is to not only impart to the participants specialized knowledge, but to also provide a platform to contact Germans, who may participate as “buddies”.

Enactus students group of KIT

The Enactus students group of KIT carries out numerous projects for refugees. For example, the students offer language courses and organize soccer games. Their photo book “Flüchtlingszeit” (time of refugees) tells stories of refugees together with them.

Threatened Researchers

Information on the support of scholars at risk is provided by the International Scholars & Welcome Office.

[Editor’s note: When starting new projects or initiatives, we would very much like you to send us a short information by electronic mail]

SEK, 02.10.2015 (updated: 26.02.2018)