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Wuppertal is a major city with a population of around 360,000 inhabitants. Currently around 12,000 refugees and 70,000 people with a foreign passport live here. About 40 percent of the total population has a migration background - the highest percentage in NRW. Wuppertal is multicultural. Immigration is a central task of any urban society, also in Wuppertal.
Internationalization is a main issue at the University of Wuppertal. Different cultures, lifestyles and perspectives enrich the university which is as a place of common thinking, learning and research.
The program In Touch Wuppertal has been offering refugees the opportunity to further their professional, personal and intercultural education at the University of Wuppertal since the winter semester 2015/16.
Important aspects of the program are the cultural sensitization of university members as well as the promotion of voluntary work with refugees. In selected areas the program is also open to international students at the university.
In addition to preparatory courses for guest students and the buddy program, In Touch Wuppertal includes
- information and advice on studying in Germany
- the evaluation of foreign educational certificates
- a mentoring program supporting enroled students
- support in the initial phase of studies
- preparatory German courses and, after enrolment, academic courses "German as a scientific and professional language"
- counseling and information services for the transition from study to work