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Ready for Study


The Mentored Open Online Course "Ready for Study" was a 12-week course which started on Jan 7, 2016. It was designed especially for refugees and asylum-seekers who recently arrived in Germany and was conducted on behalf of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit.

"Ready for Study" aimed to provide an extensive set of practical knowledge and competencies along with German language training to facilitate integration of young refugees into the higher education system and labour market. The course helped to navigate the system of higher and professional education in Germany, to develop skills for academic work and to commence or continue a program of study. Over the course of five consecutive assignments, Participants solved case studies built around real-life scenarios to determine each individual's readiness for entering a degree program in German educational institutions.

The course was a pilot measure conducted jointly by Leuphana University of Lüneburg and the non-profit Society for Academic Study Preparation and Test Development (g.a.s.t.) e.V. on behalf of Germany's Federal Employment Agency, technically implemented by candena GmbH. It was also supported by the Interdisziplinäres Kolleg für Hochschuldidaktik of the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/M., the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft.

"Ready for Study" was open for refugees with some prerequisite knowledge of the German language. It was offered at no charge.

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