The Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration research (BIM) is active in supporting refugees in their access to university and to academic exchange and knowledge production. Every semester, BIM offers two university classes for refugees and other interested students in the social sciences on migration, space, and gender.
The current course description can be found here. The courses start on 19 or 24 April 2017. Please come to the first session to register with the lecturers for the seminars.
These courses are bilingual: Arabic and English or Farsi and English. Therefore, you do not need to speak German or English to be able to participate in the academic exchange. Knowledge, texts and materials from different language contexts enter the discussion.
Students of different backgrounds come together to work on common narratives on the shared world, based on their diverse lived experiences. Through workshops, excursions or film nights students get to know each other better and create a familiar atmosphere for discussions.
The seminars were granted the prize “Menschen mit Hintergrund” by the university of Regensburg and the BAMF in 2016. The jury complimented the lecturers Firoozeh Farvardin, Nader Talebi, Nassim Mehran and Asala Bader on making a “considerable contribution for social cohesion”.
The seminars are part of Humboldt University's initiative to support refugees in their access to university. Starting with the summer term 2017, refugees can gain credits before they are regularly enrolled. Further offers for refugee students and scientists include the tandem program academic experience worldwide-Berlin and the support of scientists at risk within the Philipp Schwartz initiative.