The Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society strives to support all students, academics and employees who are affected by the current situation in Ukraine.
On this page, all those who are affected by the current emergency, or those who would like to support, can find offers of help and support, not only in the Ludwigshafen area.
We try to keep the page as up-to-date as possible.
Statement of the University on the Ukraine War
The University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen is clearly committed to internationality - and thus to openness and respectful interaction with one another. Our solidarity and solidarity goes out to all those who have been distressed by the shocking events of the last few weeks. In particular, we are thinking of our Ukrainian students and staff, their families in Ukraine and our colleagues and friends at our Ukrainian partner universities, but also of all those around the world who are peacefully campaigning for a swift end to violence and freedom of expression.
Experiencing how fragile our European values of peace, freedom and democracy are is an extremely depressing experience, especially for us.
This makes it all the more important for us to support refugees and fugitives from Ukraine, regardless of their nationality. All of our international students and applicants should feel welcome at our university.
Refugee students and prospective students already have the option of joining ongoing German courses, taking part in digital courses and excursions together with international exchange students, as well as a wide range of advisory services on study opportunities.
From the beginning of September, applicants or career changers from Ukraine can take part in study preparation/study entry programmes for the winter semester 22/23.
8-Point-Plan of the Ministry of Science and Health Rhineland-Palatinate
The war in Ukraine continues unabated. Every day, thousands of people flee the combat zones, including many young people. Immediately after the fighting began, Rhineland-Palatinate took measures to support Ukrainian students. Newly arrived Ukrainians are also to be quickly integrated into the university system. To this end, an 8-point plan has been developed. "We have prepared for the refugee situation. Universities are opening up to people and doing everything they can to alleviate suffering and encourage young people to progress with a university education," said Science Minister Clemens Hoch. The German Rectors' Conference expected up to 100,000 fleeing Ukrainian students and researchers nationwide.
"The universities in Rhineland-Palatinate have prepared well at their campuses. Initially, the short-term goal is to provide assistance in special emergencies. Our long-term goal is to integrate these young people into our universities, to train them, and to attract smart people to the state. I am pleased to see the solidarity with which the university family in the state is standing together here," said Prof. Dr. Michael Jäckel, Chairman of the State University Presidents' Conference (LHPK), describing the measures taken by the state's universities and colleges.
Based on a university funding program, the 8-point plan is entitled "Knowledge. Create. Peace." The following measures are to be taken to support Ukrainian students and researchers at universities in Rhineland-Palatinate:
1. University entrance qualification
Resources are to be expanded to check and determine the subject-related prerequisites of the incoming students - in short: the university entrance qualification. This is done on the basis of certificates and proof of studies, which, incidentally, are often available digitally in Ukraine. Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz are responsible for this task for the entire country, as the two International Study Colleges are located here. As a rule, the International Study Colleges provide foreign students who are applying for university or university of applied sciences studies and whose university entrance qualification obtained abroad does not correspond to a German one, with the additional professional and linguistic requirements necessary for successful studies. The Ministry of Science will provide each of the two universities with funds for staff reinforcement in the short term.
2. Breaking down language barriers
The teaching of the German language up to the level C1 university is supported. The universities can already draw on structures here, such as language teaching centers. We will provide funds from our budget to quickly finance additional language teachers if needed.
3. Safe housing
Further offers such as the creation of living space in the form of shared accommodations needed at short notice in larger halls of the universities (especially sports halls) are being prepared. Here, universities are already in contact with the districts and independent cities. The student unions are also actively supporting the stakeholders.
4. Initiating trauma recovery
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, the University of Koblenz-Landau and the University of Trier have set up a psychosocial support service that helps traumatized refugees in particular.
5. Mastering everyday life together through sponsorships
Arriving in everyday life goes better when you are not alone. Sponsorship programs are designed to make it easier to cope with the many everyday challenges (e.g. bank, pharmacy, authorities). Here, students in particular show an enormous willingness to help, but so do university employees. The university administrations coordinate the activities on site.
6. Showing offers and perspectives
With a Science Convention, which is currently organized by the universities, the refugees receive an overview of study offers, counseling opportunities, admission requirements, career prospects and they get to know contact persons in the universities.
7. Using company contacts
Cooperation and contacts between universities and regional companies should be used to arrange internships or student jobs. In the medium and long term, this will also serve to attract many bright minds to the state.
8. Continuation of emergency fund
If more funds are needed than the 150,000 euros already provided, the state will increase the emergency aid fund. This will be supplemented by financial assistance from the student unions for enrolled students in the form of cash grants and free tables.
Background: Through the Rhineland-Palatinate Scholarship Foundation, the state is providing funds totaling 150,000 euros to support students at Rhineland-Palatinate universities and colleges in financial emergencies resulting from the war in Ukraine. The main aim is to support students with Ukrainian citizenship, but in individual cases also other international students who are directly affected by the consequences of the war. Students who are already enrolled at universities and colleges in Rhineland-Palatinate are addressed, but also those who have fled and wish to continue their studies here. The financial support can be granted in the form of short-term scholarships and one-time payments. It can be applied for as of now. For example, the loss of previous other support or additional costs can be absorbed and unplanned stays at our universities can be supported. The funds can be applied for unbureaucratically at the relevant colleges and universities at which the students are enrolled or plan to enroll. For this purpose, the emergency situation and the resulting need for support must be described concisely. In addition, proof of enrollment, nationality and residency status must be provided for approval.
"So far, the demand at the individual locations is still manageable and easy to organize. The willingness to support at the universities is great, and the students are organizing and helping. I am very grateful to all the players for this. Supporting people who are in need and helping beyond the neighborhood - that is Rhineland-Palatinate," says Clemens Hoch. Should the requests for the emergency fund or for support services in the higher education sector increase in the coming days and weeks, the minister believes that the universities are well prepared.
Contacts and detailed information on how to proceed with the Emergency Relief Fund can be found on the respective websites of the state's colleges and universities, which can be found here: https://www.stipendienstiftung-rlp.de/hochschulen/
Questions about the program can be directed to the Scholarship Foundation office: https://www.stipendienstiftung-rlp.de/geschaeftsstelle/
National Academic Contact Point Ukraine
The German Academic Exchange Service DAAD offers HERE information for a first orientation in Germany and especially about the German higher education and research system. On the website you will find information for Ukrainians on staying, studying and researching in Germany as well as support services in Ukrainian, German and English .
Information and assistance offered by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate
Information for refugees and volunteers
A bilingual website provides information for refugees and volunteers in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in Ukrainian and in German: www.ukraine.rlp.de/de
Through the Rhineland-Palatinate Scholarship Foundation, the state provides funds amounting to 150,000 euros to support students at universities and colleges in Rhineland-Palatinate in financial emergencies resulting from the war in Ukraine.
The main aim is to support students with Ukrainian citizenship, but in individual cases also other international students who are directly affected by the consequences of the war.
Contact persons and detailed information on how to proceed with the emergency fund can be found on the corresponding websites of the country's universities, which can be found here: https://www.stipendienstiftung-rlp.de/hochschulen/
Questions about the programme can be directed to the Scholarship Foundation's office: https://www.stipendienstiftung-rlp.de/geschaeftsstelle/
German courses and teaching formats
Refugee students and prospective students already have the option of joining ongoing German courses, taking part in teaching formats and excursions together with international exchange students. A wide range of counselling services on study opportunities is also available.
Further language courses and English-language courses are in preparation. Among other things, we are planning a German-Ukrainian tandem programme for informal language teaching and establishing contacts.
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Counselling and support at LUBS
German courses and teaching formats
For refugee students and prospective students, there is already the option of joining ongoing German courses, participating in teaching formats and excursions together with international exchange students. There is also a wide range of advice available on study opportunities.
Please contact us by email at International@ 8< SPAM protection, please remove >8 hwg-lu.de.
The International Office can provide one-time financial support to international students in financial need. The support is provided within the framework of the scholarship foundation of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and does not have to be repaid.
The emergency aid fund of the university's booster club also supports international students in financial emergencies.
For more information, see: https://www.hwg-lu.de/international/auslaendische-studierende-an-der-hochschule/hilfe-in-notlagen
General questions about the programme can be addressed to the Scholarship Foundation's office: www.stipendienstiftung-rlp.de/geschaeftsstelle/
Psychotherapeutic Counselling Centre
At the Ludwigshafen location, we cooperate with the very experienced psychological counselling centre (PBS) of the Studierendenwerk Mannheim, which has been in existence for many years. More information is available here.
First point of contact:
Karin Kraft / Monika Riffner-Schopp
Telephon: 0621 49072-555
In case of urgent assistance: The telephone counselling service www.telefonseelsorge.de: Anonymous, free counselling at any time of the day or night under the nationwide telephone numbers 0800 - 1110111 or 0800 - 1110222
The ESG (Evangelische Studierendengemeinde Ludwigshafen) is an offer of the Evangelical Church of the Palatinate for students in Ludwigshafen, the KHG (Katholische Studierendengemeinde Ludwigshafen) is an offer of the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Speyer, regardless of nationality, religious or ideological orientation.
Counselling and support for personal problems and financial emergencies by telephone, email or in person at the university.
You can find more information here.
The Student Union (Studierendenwerk) Vorderpfalz offers for all students in Landau, Germersheim, Worms and Ludwigshafen:
- Social counselling
- Psychological counselling
- Financial counselling, including for student loans,
You can find more information here.
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Telefon:06341-9179180 / 181
Local support services
Registration at the Aliens' Registration Office Ludwigshafen
Refugees must make an appointment to register at the Foreigners' Registration Office. They can do this at Jägerstraße 1 or by email to aufenthaltsrecht-ukraine@ 8< SPAM protection, please remove >8 ludwigshafen.de. The information can be found in German and Ukrainian at www.ludwigshafen.de.
After registering, people can go to the Asylum Department at Stadthaus Nord (Europaplatz) and apply for social benefits. This also includes health care vouchers. In urgent cases, this assistance is also provided without prior registration.
Assistance offered by the city of Ludwigshafen
Under the following link, the city administration of Ludwigshafen has compiled a lot of information for refugees from Ukraine, some of it also in Ukrainian:
Local support platform "LU can help
The initiative "LU can help" has formed different focal points in order to be able to support refugees from Ukraine quickly and flexibly. The website "Lucan.help" coordinates volunteer work in Ludwigshafen and gives people who want to help and those who need support a platform.
The Heinrich Pesch Haus (HPH) provides an office for this coordination work.
Phone: +49 (0)163 9705 150
Mon. - Fri. from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.