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December 2021

International Office and Studium Generale receive funding commitment from the DAAD

Good news: The International Office and Studium Generale have been awarded DAAD funding of over 100,000 euros for 2022 for the initiatives Common Ground, Fit für die Künste and Beyond UdK.

We all know: the increased number of refugees also demands more attention, better services and new projects from UdK Berlin. Since the introduction of the DAAD programmes* for prospective students with refugee backgrounds in 2016, UdK Berlin has been one of the few artistic universities to participate. Every year, new budgets are acquired from the DAAD programmes WELCOME and INTEGRA, which are available for projects with international and refugee students.

The student network COMMON GROUND, founded by AStA and GWK, has been active here since 2015 and can thus continue to be funded in 2022. The funding commitment from the DAAD on 11.11.2021 has caused great joy. One of the information and support formats created is the Common Ground Studio: here UdK students advise young artists who have fled or emigrated to Germany. And they open up access to the College of Fine Arts at UdK Berlin to prospective students who have fled or emigrated. This gives them an insight into the specialist classes and enables them to develop their artistic practice and prepare their own portfolio for a university application.

The INTEGRA programme will continue in 2022 with two thematic strands under the direction of Studium Generale: the "Fit für die Künste" programme offers free study preparation courses for international and refugee students. "Beyond UdK", on the other hand, focuses on the transition from studies to the job market and supports international students in professionalising their own artistic practice in Germany. The funding commitment that the International Office and Studium Generale have jointly raised for 2022 amounts to over 100,000 EUR for all three initiatives: Common Ground, Fit für die Künste and Beyond UdK.

* INTEGRA and WELCOME / Common Ground are funded by the DAAD and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Regina Werner

November 2021

DAAD prize for Dalís Pacheco Salcedo

Dalís Pacheco Salcedo was recently awarded the DAAD Prize: congratulations! Dalís grew up in Lima, Peru and has been based in Berlin since 2015, where she works as an interdisciplinary artist and cultural organiser. She started her studies at the Arts Faculty of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru, followed by her BA in Visual Communication and currently her MA in Art and Media, both at UdK Berlin.

She has been actively involved with Interflugs at UdK since 2018. From 2019 to 2021, she has been a member of the Student Parliament and worked in the Intercultural Diversity, Antidiscrimination and Empowerment Committee, which led to the founding of the AG Intersectional Antidiscrimination. She is currently also a member of the KfC (Equal Opportunities Commission).

She receives the DAAD Prize for her diverse artistic work as well as for her exceptional commitment to higher education politics and her social engagement outside of university.

October 2021

MyMATE: UdK students help new international Master's students to a successful start

New international Master's students will receive even better support in future thanks to a new peer programme at our university. In the winter semester 2021/22, the subject-specific peer programme MyMATE will be launched in all Master's programmes. UdK students from higher semesters will be matched with new international Master's students in the same study programme and support them in their first months in Berlin and at the university. The MATEs provide the first-semester students with useful information and tips on studying and they act as the first contact person in their study programme. The International Office supports the MyMATE pairs with an accompanying workshop programme on intercultural and diversity skills. The peer programme is run by the International Office and supported by the Intercultural Mentoring programme of the Studium Generale.

Project coordinator and contact person is Sandra Bayer: sandra.bayer_ @intra.udk-berlin.de.

September 2021

Go for it! Study abroad for one semester with the new ERASMUS+ programme

After almost two years in the pandemic, the numbers of UdK students who have finally started or already successfully completed their exchange semester are now on the rise again. We in the International Office are very pleased that a little more normality is slowly becoming possible for students, such as studying on campus, semesters abroad or internships abroad.

Since 2021, there has been a new ERASMUS+ programme. With this, the International Office of UdK Berlin will support hundreds of UdK students on their way abroad over the next few years. One of the five topics on which the new programme focuses is "Environment and Climate Change Mitigation".

Students who go abroad with ERASMUS+ should use ecological travel routes as much as possible; this is promoted by new travel allowances and top-ups for the use of sustainable means of transport. In addition, equal opportunities, inclusion, diversity and fairness play a greater role in all areas. There are special funds for students with disabilities as well as parents with children to make exchanges more feasible. Students with chronic illnesses can also receive additional funding.

Take a look at the testimonials to read what other UdK students have experienced at our partner universities in recent years. For GWK students who are interested in Spain, there is even a great testimonial video from Granada!

Are you interested in spending a semester abroad? In addition to the European ERASMUS scholarships, you can also apply for our non-European partner universities, e.g. in Israel, Latin America, the USA, Canada, Taiwan, Japan or Australia.

We look forward to seeing you!

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