Tübingen Update

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Yesterday, we met with Karin Amos who is a Professor of Educational Science at the University of Tübingen. Amos discussed the refugee students who are studying or applying to study at the University. Amos told us that there are approximately 40-50 refugee students studying in Tübingen but this number is unconfirmed because refugees sign up as international students and do not always identify as refugees. The town of Tübingen currently has 280 refugees but has promised to take 1000. The rest of the refugees may still be coming to the town or may have returned to their home countries. Originally, it was thought that many of the refugees would be prepared to enter university when they arrived. However, this has not been the case and according to Amos only 10-15% of the refugees have had the educational level needed to apply. The university is very lenient with the documents that refugees are able to provide and do not require them to have the same documentation as German student. Unfortunately, one of the biggest challenges for refugees is the language barrier. There are very limited German as Second Language (GSL) classes and many professors are unwilling to teach these classes. The University has also found that many of the refugees are unaware of the courses offered by the university and they are working on developing resources to spread information around the city. We are hoping to meet with some of the applicants over the course of the next few weeks and get a feel for their experiences.

-Katie