Further Notes: Good Practice
Examples of European higher education institutions with initiatives to support refugees and migrants in higher education
The following higher education institutions all have pages on their websites dedicated to support refugees and migrants who are interested in studying at their institutions. These examples may prove useful for institutions who would like to set up their own initiatives and webpages to support applications from migrants:
- DE: The Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich has a page on its website with information on studying for refugees and asylum-seekers, including FAQs.
- DE: Hochschule Magdeburg: This institution provides special services for refugees and migrants, including consultation, language courses and integration offers.
- DE: The Freie Universität Berlin has developed a “Welcome to Freie Universität Berlin” programme offering qualified prospective students who have had to leave their homeland an opportunity to attend selected courses and participate in selected additional offerings free of charge, thereby preparing to start a degree program.
- ES: The University of Barcelona has set up a refugee support programme that includes some measures to help those fleeing from Syria’s brutal civil war. The University estimates that the programme can take in one hundred refugees, help them to settle in Catalonia and enable them to continue their university studies in Barcelona.
Institutions with support initiatives for refugees and migrants mentioned in the FAQs are:
The European Commission supports the integration of migrants and refugees in higher education. The Commission funds projects and disseminates successful practices in this field. Language skills and recognition of qualifications are key issues for these groups. It has produced a list of inspiring practices where higher education institutions are helping refugees to get into higher education.
The list is the result of responses to an EU Survey launched by the European Commission on 24 September 2015 among universities and student organisations. It has been further completed following a workshop organised on 6 October 2015 with 25 representatives of Erasmus+ National Agencies, universities and student organisations. The aim is not to be exhaustive, but to share some practices taking place in different parts of the EU. The list can be found here.
“MORE” is an initiative by uniko, the voice of Austrian universities. Courses are offered to provide refugees a space for reflection, where they can find out whether higher education is an option for their future. It offers orientation in academic and artistic study fields and language trainings. MORE courses are held at every university town in Austria. The 21 universities in Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Leoben, Linz, Salzburg and Vienna offer a certain amount of courses to MORE students, some of which are especially tailored for refugees, some are part of a degree program.
Further information can also be found in our Welcome to Higher Education guidelines.