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A book reading in auditorium G

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

Demonstration during a lecture in the “Audimax”

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

Studying in the O building

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

The foyer with the Service Center



DAAD-Studie zur Integration an deutschen Hochschulen – Erkenntnisse aus den Hochschulprogrammen für Flüchtlinge

Die Studie in vorerst zwei Teilen vermittelt Erkenntnisse zur Zielgruppe der studieninteressierten Flüchtlinge in Deutschland.

Neues DAAD-Förderprojekt für Geflüchtete: "Integra Studium und Beruf"

Die Förderung von Geflüchteten an der Universität Paderborn soll nicht nach dem Deutschkurs enden. Darum geht ab 2019 ein weiteres DAAD-Projekt an den Start: Im Projekt "Integra Studium und Beruf" werden nicht nur Deutschkenntnisse vermittelt, sondern auch Soft Skills für das Studium und die spätere Integration in den Arbeitsmarkt. "Integra Studium und Beruf" wird vom BMBF gefördert und in Kooperation mit weiteren Einrichtungen der Hochschule durchgeführt.


neu in deutschland - zeitung über flucht, liebe und das leben

nid November 2018 - Schwerpunktthema: "Mut zur Menschlichkeit"

Uni-Assist - Magazine "Flucht und Studium", edition 2/18. Main topic: "Tomorrow's university landscape"

Edition 2/18

This issue discusses impulses for digital change given by refugees (in German language only).

Winter semester 2018/19

In 2018, an average of 76 refugees attended our preparatory German language courses throughout the year. Other are qualifying themselves in the foundation college "Studienkolleg an der Universität Paderborn" for university entrance in Germany. More and more manage to graduate from our German language courses successfully and have acquired the DSH (German language proficiency exam for university entrance). A total of 86 refugees has already enrolled for a degree course at Paderborn University - their dream of studying in Germany has become reality.

Lesson in the beginners' level, group 2, November 2018. Click on the foto to see more...

Start of November intake at the Foundation College

Refugees who did not have the chance to qualify for university studies in their home country, may under certain condition acquire their university entrance qualification to degree courses in the field of technic, science or economics at the foundation college "Studienkolleg an der Universität Paderborn". In November 2018, 24 new participants set off for university entrance. Further 13 will graduate in December. Good luck to everybody!

Welcome meeting for new participants in November 2018. Click on the fotos to see more...

Tour to the Heinz-Nixdorf-MuseumsForum

Our student assistents in the DAAD project Welcome organzied on November 13 once more a tour to the Heinz-Nixdorf-Museum, the world's biggest computer museum. As much as 28 members of our preparatory German language course, refugees and non-refugees, set off together on this time journey of 5000 years. It took them from the first written characers in Mesopotamia to the most current developments in the field of computer science. Everybody had a lot of fun!


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Refugee has become student parliament member

In July 2018, the 47th student parliament of Paderborn University has been elected. One of the elected parliament representatives is a refugee. Bashar Almhanna, new member of the list "Sozial, Aktiv & International", has received as much as 67 voices. Congratulations!

DAAD publication "Zukunftswege"

The publication (in German language) sums up the results of the German Academic Exchange Service's (DAAD) conference which took place in March 2018 in Berlin. Almost 400 representatives and members of German universities, scientific institutions, foundations, ministries as well as funded refugees came together to discuss the achievements and challenges of integrating refugees into German universities.

Zukunftswege - Erfolge und Herausforderungen bei der Integration von Flüchtlingen ins Fachstudium
(in German language only)

Theatre impression

Kammerspiele, the main theater in Paderborn, kindly gave us ten free tickets for our refugee welcome projects. So, on Sunday, Juni 10, 2018, a group of students enjoyed Shakespeare's Richard III in a  modern setting.

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Uni-Assist Magazine "Flucht und Studium" (1/18), main topic: "Ziel Hochschule. Geflüchtete Frauen auf dem Weg"

This article focuses on female refugees and their way to and through German universities (in German language only).

Edition 1/18

DAAD online publications on the refugee funding programs by Paderborn University

DAAD article on refugee activities of the universities in East Westphalia-Lippe (OWL)
(in German only)
Netzwerke: Gemeinsam Strategien entwickeln

DAAD article on the foundation college for refugees in Paderborn ("International Foundation College at Paderborn University")
Integra Studienkolleg - durch Förderkurse zum Fachstudium an der Universität Paderborn

DSH Quarter 1 / 2018

Right in the first week of January, a new DSH quarter has started. It will end with the final exams in late March. 37% of the ca. 230 participants are refugees or have been granted subsidiary protection. Almost a third (28%) of these are female.

The portrait of a Syrian DSH Course participant has been published in the current issue of the university magazine PUZ (digital page 48 + 49).

Be a Refugee-Buddy

The International Office starts the new year with a buddy program for refugees at our university.  Applications for the Refugee Buddy Program are possible as of now!


Arabic office hours

The office hours in Arabic language will not take place from 14.12.2017 till 08.01.2018.

Syrian Night

As before, almost one third of the DSH course participants are refugees, most of them from Syria. In order to not only introduce German language and literature to the refugees, but to also present Syrian culture in Germany, Interational Office and ASV organized a Syrian Night. It took place Wednesday, November 22, in lecture hall G.

Besides an exciting quiz and an interesting presentation on Syrian culture, a dance performance and a Syrian band entertained the ca. 200 guests. Afterwards, a buffett with tasty Syrian specalities was opened. After everybody had their fill, students of many nationalities danced together to Syrian music until late in the evening.

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DFB Soccer Museum

Organized by the DAAD/Integra project "Welcome", a group of DSH Course participants travelled to Dortmund on November 18, 2017, in order to visit the DFB Soccer Museum. There was a lot to see: the 3D cinema, bringing back to life memories of important soccer moments, the treasure chamber displaying important trophies or a soccer quiz. The participants also grabbed a ball themselves and played some soccer in the pitch.

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Intenational Round Table "Kaffeetreff"

The round table Kaffeetreff  for international students meets every Wednesday from 13.30 - 15.00 h in the IBZ (Internationales Begegnungszentrum) right in front of the International Office. A group of DSH Course student who join the DAAD programm NRWege visited the Kaffeetreff  on November 15, 2017. Further visits are in preparation.However, if you wish to visit the Kaffeetreff, you do not need to wait for an arranged visit. All students are welcome to join the Kaffeetreff  whenever they want, as a group or as an individual.

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New DSH Quarter

July 10, 2017: A further DSH quarter has begun. 87 of 218 participants are refugees. Among the successful graduates of the previous quarter are five refugees. One of them reached the outstanding result DSH-3.

Campus Tours

In order to introduce the university facilities to the students of the Welcome Courses, Campus Tours are being arranged on a regular basis by our DAAD-Integra project Welcome. Some of the stations are the Library, the Service Center, the General Students' Committe AsTA and of course the Mensa. Here you find some impressions on the tour of June 29, 2017 (photos will follow shortly).

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DSH for Refugees

  • April 10, 2017: The current DSH course has started. 92 of 286 participants are asylum seekers or recognized refugees. Since January 2017 refugees in our DSH Courses are supported by the funding programm NRWege (by MIWF/DAAD), for which Paderborn University had successfully applied.
  •  In the summer semester 2017, 14 refugees have enrolled in a degree course at Paderborn University after having successfully completed the DSH Course. A further DSH Course graduate has already enrolled in the winter semester 2016/17.
  • March 23, 2017: Another 10 refugees have passed the DSH examination. Some of them had initially attended the university's Welcome Course (German language course for asylum seekers) and switched to the DSH Course after having passed the A2 exam.
  • As of 2017, refugees in the DSH courses are funded by the programm NRWege ins Studium  (DAAD/MKW).
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Welcome Courses

The project Integra (DAAD / BMBF) enables asylum seekers from the city and district of Paderborn to participate in the university's Welcome Courses. After successful completion of the A2 level, the participants are guaranteed a place in the intermediate level I (= GER level B1) of the DSH course.

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  • December 22, 2016: The test results of the current DSH course have been announced. We are pleased that four of the successful graduates are refugees. They haved passed the DSH (German language proficiency exam for university admission) at Paderborn University and are now fulfilling the language requirements for a German taught degree course. 

  • Funded the DAAD programm Integra, refugees can participate free of charge in the DSH courses of Paderborn University. The first 37 Integra-funded refugees attend the course as of July 2017 on different course levels. In the October 2016 intake, 62 prospective students are funded by Integra.

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