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Coming to Vechta
Studies, research, short-term stay: We support you on your way to the University of Vechta and during your stay or studies.

Externally funded projects


The International Office raises external funds in order to be able to carry out the projects for refugees and third-country nationals. Here you can find an overview of these projects.


The student assistants funded by the DAAD as part of the Welcome programme help to further develop and expand the existing offers and measures for the preparation and integration of academically qualified refugees.

Study orientation

An Arabic-speaking assistant, e.g., for information events and counselling sessions, but also to pass on information and evaluations in German intensive courses for refugees without prior knowledge, can help to avoid misunderstandings and uncertainties based on language difficulties.

Involving a student assistant, who prepares competence profiles together with the participants of German courses, especially at the beginning of the course, is also intended for an early analysis of the educational backgrounds and the needs and goals of the academically qualified refugees, based on these profiles.

Language preparation for studies

The student assistants support and relieve the DaF (German as a foreign language) lecturers in the language courses by taking over organisational tasks. In addition, student assistants can address the individual needs of the German course participants by conducting tutorials in close coordination with the DaF lecturers. They can increase the learning success in a heterogeneous learning group and accompany the refugees’ self-study in the form of learning workshops in the self-study centre and/or  help academically qualified refugees with the use of e-learning offers.

Introduction to the German higher education system and integration into the university and the student body

Student assistants can introduce academically qualified refugees to various aspects of university life or to the corresponding offers and institutions at the University of Vechta. They can

  • assist refugees in registering for offers (for example, for auditing studies or the mentoring programme),
  • organise library and campus tours,
  • explore the possibilities of university life (university sports, etc.) together with the refugees and
  • contribute to exchange and networking by organising cultural and social activities.

At the same time, they are to support and accompany the mentors of the mentoring programme in their voluntary work, support networking and information of both mentees and mentors, and coordinate the programme.

The focus of the offers at the University of Vechta is on refugees interested in studying and refugee teachers (“Back to School” programme).

Language support

The aim of the project is to teach language skills at level C1 as a prerequisite for passing a language examination (TestDaF, alternatively TELC C1 Hochschule). Skills at level C1 are absolutely necessary for taking up studies and for working as a teacher.

Introduction to German academic culture and preparation for studies

The aim of the programme is to prepare participants for studying in Germany. The German courses provide knowledge of the academic system and support study techniques.

Activities such as attending lectures as an auditing student are also intended to familiarise participants with university types of teaching and learning at an early stage.

Study orientation and advice

The study orientation and advisory offers aim to allow participants to make informed decisions about their individual study choices and preparation based on the information they receive.

Close support and advice is also provided during the preparation for entry into the programme and during the course of studies.

Advising and supporting refugee teachers (see below) is an important focus of the project.

Focus: Support for refugee teachers

One focus of the project is on supporting refugee teachers. The “Back to School” programme has been designed for this purpose.

With the help of the “Back to School” programme, refugees with a foreign teacher training degree are encouraged to obtain a recognised German qualification or full recognition to return to their profession.

Together with the teachers, we will check what they will have to do in order to be able to work as a teacher again in Germany. One possible goal for participants in the “Back to School” programme is to prepare for a subsequent adaptation period in order to re-enter the teaching profession. Prerequisites for the adaptation period are, in particular, a corresponding certificate of recognition from the Lower Saxony Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs and German language skills at level C1. Both are prepared for in the “Back to School” programme.

 If required, alternative career paths can also be discussed.

A central component of the programme is also a German language course. Participants attend it together with prospective students.

The “Back to School” programme also includes various seminars and workshops from education studies and on key skills.

In order to expand the offers for academically interested third-country nationals, the University of Vechta has successfully obtained funding from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. The project “Beratung und Sprachförderung von akademisch interessierten Drittstaatsangehörigen" (Advice and language support for academically interested third-country nationals) aims to provide advice and language support for academically interested third-country nationals in preparation for their studies and careers and thus serves the social and professional integration of this target group.

Academically interested persons according to the definition of the project are persons who intend to take up or continue their studies or (re-)enter an academic profession based on an already completed degree programme. This means that people can participate in the project who have a higher education entrance qualification for Germany (if applicable, also through vocational training with subsequent professional practice according to the recognition guidelines) or who would like to obtain such a qualification or who already have a degree.

The subgoals are in particular

(1.) the establishment of an initial contact point for academically interested third-country nationals based on networking with other advisory centres as well as early, sustainable advisory offers tailored to individual needs,

(2.) language preparation for studies and careers with the help of teaching materials on academic language at levels A1, A2 and B1 and on academic culture, to be developed as part of the project, as well as

(3.) the transfer of knowledge through the dissemination of the developed concepts and (teaching) materials, achieving a lasting broad impact.

The project ended on 30 June 2018.

The teaching material (“Modul Sprache und Studium") on academic language and culture at levels A1, A2 and B1 is available online:

Interested persons can also download the brochure “Beratungsangebote für akademisch interessierte Drittstaatsangehörige im Landkreis Vechta  (Advisory offers for academically interested third-country nationals in the district of Vechta” here.

The University of Vechta strives to provide lasting study preparation and advice tailored to the individual needs of third-country nationals who are interested in the social service sector as a professional field and therefore intend to enrol for a teacher training programme or for Social Work, Gerontology or Social Service Management. At the same time, innovative models of study preparation adapted to the target group(s) are to be tested.

Concrete subgoals of the project are in particular

(1.) preparing third-country nationals with different educational prerequisites for studies within the framework of a modular preparatory study programme tailored to the respective needs and with a special focus on supporting academically pre-qualified persons as well as on implementing a decentralised, university- and programme-specific study preparation programme for target groups without direct university entrance qualification as an innovative alternative model to attending Studienkolleg (Preparatory Foundation Course), which is not possible in many cases,

(2.) developing and testing teaching materials on academic language for teachers and other actors in social and human services at level B2/C1,

(3.) advising third-country nationals interested in the social service sector and establishing a corresponding regional initial contact point for the target group as well as a supraregional (online) information offer, and

(4.) transferring knowledge to other (educational) institutions through the dissemination of the developed concepts, in order to achieve a lasting broad impact.

With these measures, prospective students as well as career changers with a foreign university degree are to be enabled to join the regular system of teacher training and university education in the fields of Social Work, Gerontology and Social Service Management as quickly as possible, to improve the educational level of third-country nationals and to support their participation in education.

The project was co-financed by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020 and has ended.

The University of Vechta aims to advise and support third-country nationals who are interested in the teaching profession or the social service sector. In particular, the project is designed for third-country nationals who have a foreign teaching qualification. Measures:

1. language and methodological preparation and support of studies as well as support of academic success,

2. preparation for the job market,

3. promotion of voluntary work (also in the sense of service learning),

4. advice and support at the University of Vechta and in the context of information meetings with (project) partners,

5. transfer of knowledge through an information brochure on the offers and procedures in Lower Saxony for third-country nationals with a teaching qualification as well as networking to achieve a lasting broad impact.

The project is co-financed by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund during the period from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2022.

For more information on the offers provided as part of the project, please visit the following websites:

You can find the data protection information for the project here.






supported by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

This project is co-financed by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.