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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

unitedbz

An integration project for refugees and asylum seekers in South Tyrol

Introduction

The unitedbz project was born in 2016 on the initiative of professors and employees of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, in collaboration with institutions and voluntary associations in South Tyrol that deal with the processes of reception of migrants. It gives asylum seekers and refugees the opportunity to attend the courses offered by unibz for four semesters, sitting its exams as extracurricular students, i.e., students who are not regularly enrolled in the university. Candidates who have attended school for at least 12 years and are in contact with an association active in the area can participate in the project.

The selected students can attend courses free of charge and the credits they obtain can be recognized if they enroll in one of the university's degree programmes in the future.

Structure of the Course

The courses offered are:

  • curricular courses offered by the Faculties of unibz
  • language courses run by the unibz Language Centre
  • ad hoc courses held by unibz voluntary teachers, designed to fit the needs of participants (e.g., introduction to the use of computers, mathematics).

unitedbz is an inclusive project whose main objective is to encourage the initial integration of participants into the community of unibz. unitedbz also aims to identify participants who are particularly motivated and interested in enrolling in a degree programme and receiving a degree.

In order to study in the three official languages of unibz (Italian, German, English), these students are guided in the improvement of their language skills, and then accompanied in the application process and in the request for accommodation and scholarship. 50 people are currently taking part in the unitedbz programme.

Steering Committee

For further information please send an email to: [email protected]

Buddies

Each participant in the project has a reference buddy. Buddies are unibz students who make themselves available on a voluntary basis to facilitate integration into study and university life, also organizing recreational activities in their free time. The Buddies are coordinated by Prof. Lucie Courteau.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants

What is important for the selection?
You have attended at least 12 years of school and have finished, or are about to finish, high school. You speak at least one of the teaching languages (Italian, German or English) at B1 level. You have a strong motivation and are willing to commit yourself. You know what you want to study, and why. You must then ask the association that supervises you to get in touch with us: [email protected]. If you are not supervised by any association, you can contact us directly.

What is important during my participation in unitedbz?
It is very important to attend lectures regularly; in this way you will maintain contact with the university, the professor and your fellow students, and studying will be easier. The possibility of continuing the project or potentially continuing your university career as a regular student also depends on your personal commitment. Your goal should be to attend classes and pass exams at the same time as all the other students. It is also very important that you let us know right away if you have any difficulties with the courses you are attending.

What do I get at the end of my participation to unitedbz?
You will receive a certificate of participation indicating all the exams you have passed and the programme of all the courses you have attended. If you want to receive a degree, you must enrol as a regular student and meet the necessary requirements: if you are interested in following this path, we can help you in the various steps!

What else can I do at unibz?
You can use the library and enjoy the unibar, you can sing in our choir, you can participate in sports activities with the SCUB association, you can participate in the activities organized by the group of buddies, and you can meet many people from all over the world...

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