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Third-party funded projects

The International Office raises third-party 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.
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The student assistants funded by the DAAD as part of the Welcome program are used to further develop and expand the existing offers and measures for the preparation and integration of refugees who are capable of studying.

Study orientation

The cooperation of an Arabic-speaking assistant, e.g. in the context of information events and counseling sessions - but also to pass on information and evaluations in German intensive courses for refugees without prior knowledge - represents an instrument to avoid misunderstandings and uncertainties based on language difficulties.

The use of a student assistant, who prepares competence profiles together with the participants of German courses, especially at the beginning of the course, is also intended to promote an early analysis of the educational backgrounds and the needs and goals of the refugees who are capable of studying, based on these profiles.

Language preparation for studies

The student assistants are used to support and relieve the DaF lecturers in the language courses by taking over organizational tasks. In addition, student assistants can intensively address the individual needs of the German course participants by conducting tutorials in close coordination with the DaF lecturers and increase the learning success in a heterogeneous learning group as well as by accompanying the self-study of the refugees in the form of learning workshops in the self-study center and/or by accompanying study-ready refugees in the use of e-learning offers.

Introduction to the German university system and integration into the university and the student council

Student assistants can introduce refugees who are capable of studying to various aspects of university life or to corresponding offers and facilities at the University of Vechta. They can

  • Assist refugees in registering for offerings (for example, for guest auditor studies or the mentoring program),
  • organize library and campus tours,
  • explore the possibilities of university life (university sports, etc.) together with the refugees, and
  • contribute to exchange and networking by organizing cultural and social activities.

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

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

Language support

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

Introduction to German scientific culture and preparation for studies

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

Activities such as attending lectures as a guest student are also designed to familiarize participants with university teaching and learning methods at an early stage.

Study orientation and counseling

The study orientation and counseling measures aim to enable 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 preparation for entering university and during the course of study.

In the area of counseling, the counseling and support of refugee teachers (see below) is also 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" program was designed for this purpose.

With the help of the "Back to School" program, refugees with foreign teacher training are encouraged to obtain a recognized German qualification or full recognition and return to their profession in this way.

Together with the teachers, the program examines what they need to do to be able to work as teachers in Germany again. One possible goal for participants in the "Back to School" program is to prepare for a subsequent adaptation course in order to re-enter the teaching profession. Requirements for the adaptation course are, in particular, a corresponding certificate of recognition from the Lower Saxony Ministry of Education and German language skills at the C1 level. Both are prepared for in the "Back to School" program.

 If necessary, alternative career paths are also explored together.

A central component of the program is also a German language course. This is attended together with prospective students.

The "Back to School" program also includes various seminars and workshops on educational sciences and key competencies.

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 "Counseling and Language Support for Academically Interested Third-Country Nationals" aims to provide counseling 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 a course of study or to (re-)enter an academic profession based on a course of study already completed. I.e., persons can participate in the project who (if applicable, also through vocational training with subsequent professional practice in the sense of the recognition guidelines) have or would like to obtain a university entrance qualification for German universities or who already have a degree.

Partial goals are in particular

(1) The establishment of an initial contact point for academically interested third-country nationals based on networking with other counseling centers as well as early, sustainable counseling tailored to individual needs,
(2.) the linguistic preparation for studies and careers with the help of teaching materials to be developed within the framework of the project on the language of science at levels A1, A2 and B1 and on the culture of science, as well as

(3.) the transfer of knowledge through the dissemination of the developed concepts and (teaching) materials in the sense of a sustainable broad impact.

The project ended on 30.06.2018.


The developed teaching material (Language and Study module) on scientific language and culture at levels A1, A2 and B1 is freely available online:

Interested parties can also download the brochure "Counseling services for academically interested third-country nationals in the district of Vechta" here.

The University of Vechta strives for a sustainable and individualized study preparation and counseling of third-country nationals who are interested in the professional field of the social services sector and therefore intend to take up a teaching degree or a degree program in social work, gerontology or management of social services. At the same time, innovative models of target group-differentiated study preparation are to be tested.

Concrete sub-goals of the project are in particular

(1.) The study preparation of third-country nationals with different educational requirements within the framework of a modular preparatory study program geared to the respective needs and with a special focus on the promotion of academically pre-qualified persons as well as on the implementation of a decentralized, university- and study program-specific study preparation for target group members without direct university entrance qualification in the sense of an innovative alternative model to the often unrealizable study college attendance,

(2.) the development and testing of teaching materials on the language of science for teachers and other actors in social services at the B2/C1 level,

(3.) the counselling of third-country nationals interested in the social services sector and the establishment of a corresponding central regional first contact point for the target group as well as a supra-regional (online) information offer, as well as

(4.) the transfer of knowledge through the dissemination of the developed concepts with a view to other (educational) institutions and in the sense of a sustainable broad effect.

With the help of these measures, prospective students as well as career changers with foreign university degrees should be enabled to join the regular system of teacher training and university education in the field of social work, gerontology and the management of social services as quickly as possible, thus improving the educational level of third-country nationals and promoting their participation in education.

The project was co-financed from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund in the period 01.07.2018 to 30.06.2020 and has ended.

The University of Vechta aims at advising and supporting third-country nationals interested in the teaching profession or the social service sector. In particular, the project targets third-country nationals who have a foreign teaching qualification. Measures are

1. linguistic and methodological study preparation and support as well as the promotion of study success,

2. preparation for the labor market

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

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

5. the transfer of knowledge through the creation of an information brochure on the Lower Saxony-wide offers and procedures for third-country nationals with a teaching degree as well as the state-wide network work in the sense of a sustainable broad impact.

The project is co-financed in the period 01.07.2020 to 30.06.2022 with funds from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

Further information on the services provided within the framework of the project can be found on 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.