Supporting University Community pathways for Refugees-migrants

Implementation Period:

September 2016 - August 2018


  • University of Cologne, Germany
  • VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands


The Program focuses on the processes of language preparation and knowledge testing required for the proper integration of refugees / migrants in Higher Education for both students and teachers, as well as in supporting their academic needs after their integration.

In addition, it focuses on the psychosocial integration / support of refugees / migrants, as well as on their proper information on legal and medical issues when entering and / or staying in European host countries. The Program aims to create educational material that will be prepared and used appropriately by professors and higher education institutions for the above purposes.


Intellectual Output 1: Higher Education Qualification and Appli­cation Procedures for Refugee Applicants:

IO1 analyses the admissions criteria and pro­cesses for refugees / migrants currently established by European Higher Institutions; and looks into preparatory programmes that can serve as intermediary solutions for refugees’ integration in university degree programmes. The main interest group is refugees / migrants looking to be admitted to an insti­tution of higher education or seeking support from such an institution. 

Intellectual Output 2: Institutional Support for Refugee Students in Higher Education:

IO2 is concerned with refugee / migrant students that have been admitted to a university programme. This student group faces challenges in navigating the European universi­ty structure such as language barriers, financial hurdles, cultural differences and the newness of the European university structure. This output looks into the university structure and student support systems, in order to identify and im­prove upon the needs of this particular student population. 

Intellectual Output 3: Institutional Support for Refugee Scholars in Higher Education:

IO3 is concerned with refugee / migrant scholars hosted at Universities. Scholars always face additional challenges compared to students. Thus, this output looks into the university structure and scholar support systems in order to identify and improve upon the needs of refugee scholars that have already embarked on an ac­ademic career or have already been engaged in academic research and teaching. 

Intellectual Output 4: Psychosocial Support through Communi­ties’ Engagement & Mobilisation:

IO4 aims at the development of an educa­tional module for trainers regarding the psychosocial support of refugees. The module will be developed by participatory methodology which will include the recruitment and involvement of key social actors such as refugee representatives, community and voluntary sector agents as well as university members. The objectives will be achieved by activities such as communities’ engagement and mobilisation, a training of trainers’ programme methodology, integra­tion and social cohesion procedures, etc. 

Intellectual Output 5: Supporting refugees on Health and Law issues:

IO5 involves the creation of an online digi­tal module on health and legal issues re­garding refugees/migrants aiming to pro­vide training to trainers of people involved in the health-care and legal support in the reception countries. Moreover, good prac­tices and recommendations will be pro­posed regarding health and legal support of refugee/migrants in the host countries.


Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership (Higher Education)

The S.U.C.RE. Programme is granted by the Hellenic National Agency (IKY) via the European Commission.  The Coordinator of the Programme is Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the consortium is consisted of the University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln), VU Amsterdam (Vrije Universeteit Amsterdam)  as well as the Greek Council for Refugees.  The Programme is a two-year KA2 Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership in the field of Higher Education.

In a nutshell, S.U.C.RE. focuses on the response of the Universities to the academic needs of refugees/migrants students and scholars and to the formation of Manuals of Field Testing (Handbook of Good Practices), through the development of training modules addressed to voluntary sector working in the field with the specific population.

Specifically, S.U.C.RE. focuses on the processes (linguistic support, knowledge level, etc.) required for the proper integration of refugees/migrants (studens and scholars) in higher education as well as on their academic support after their acceptance/entrance in a University. In addition, the programme focuses on the psychosocial integration/support of refugees/migrants and their proper information on legal and medical issues. S.U.C.RE. aims at creating educational/training material to be properly used by trainers for the above stated purposes.

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