Auditor Program For Refugees
From 2015–2018, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) offered a guest auditor program for refugees who had already started or were about to start programs of study in their countries of origin. They were able to audit (sit in on) course modules in German or English and had access to the university’s information and advising services. The program served as an opportunity for refugees to familiarize themselves with the German higher education system. TUM students were acting as mentors to offer individual support.
The guest auditor program for fugitives has ended. It was offered for the last time in summer semester 2018. Plans for the development of more individualized study are underway, which will include students with migration histories. General academic advising through the Student Service Center continues to be available to all refugees interested in studying at TUM.
More projects at TUM
The Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy and the Chair for Social Pediatrics have launched a cooperation project, which is intended to offer a diagnostic and advisory consultation in primary care facilities for children and adolescents with war and cessation.
Students and staff at TUM have developed a free app that provides key information about medical care and language courses. The app is available in five languages and works offline after downloading for the first time.
Together with the TUM School of Education, the program introduces young refugees to the German language, as well as to the MINT subjects (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology).
The pictures and pictograms of Picturise facilitate access to important topics from everyday life in Germany. In this way, all active persons in the work with refugees help to address individual topics in concrete terms.
"Timely help is doubly effective. Therefore we are opening our winter semester offerings to candidates who can be expected to succeed in their studies. They will be supported by student mentors who will receive special training.", says TUM President Wolfgang A. Herrmann in the press release on the immediate action program from 18 September, 2015.
The current refugee situation in Germany is an issue that also concerns the TU9 universities: “Humanitarian aid is the first priority for people fleeing to Germany from war and violence. The TU9 universities naturally also support the academic integration of those refugees who are capable of studying, are to remain in Germany and wish to study here,” says Prof. Dr. Hans Jürgen Prömel, TU9 President and President of TU Darmstadt. “To this end, the TU9 universities have set up numerous projects and programmes.” Press release of 25.10.2015