Migration, Education

One Week Student (OWS) for refugees


Who is behind this?

Kathrin Zenke

One Week Student e.V.



Who is joining forces?

Kiron University






We plan to work together with many other programs like Arbeiterkind, Kiron University and SchulePlus to display a wide range of opportunities and support for refugees. Therefore, we will bring together initiatives who are experts on a specific topic, to offer the best career orientation possible.

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

One Week Student counteracts educational injustice and creates equal opportunities. We do so by matching High School students with university students and giving them a realistic insight into a specific study program. We want to focus on children with refugee background and ease their access to higher education in Germany. We want to integrate refugees through education and to give them new perspectives in their lives.

Where will your idea take place?

All of Germany

Why does Europe need your idea?

General challenges of OWS: 28 % of all university students drop out and 17% change their study program. Furthermore, only one out of four children coming from families without academic background attends University. Challenges addressed with OWS for refugees: By 2020 3,6 million refugees will be in Germany. To give them a future perspective in our country, they need to know our educational and professional system, their possibilities and the best matches concerning their interests and talents.

What is your impact?

We are aiming for educational justice and equal access to higher education independent of social background or nationalities. Also, we want to reduce the drop-out rate of university students and help them in their career orientation. We want to help finding the best future fit. We want to integrate refugees and give them a realistic insight into their career options. After scaling OWS to other European countries, we can also help to integrate refugees into more European societies.

How do you get there?

The heart of One Week Student is its online platform where we match High School and university students. We are currently optimizing the platform to improve the usability and user experience. With OWS for refugees we want to extend our platform to be able to lead the refugees step by step through their orientation process. After setting up the infrastructure, we will directly approach refugees through our local community including more than 50 ambassadors. They will promote OWS at refugee accommodations and focal schools to promote our program as well as to help those children with their first steps. Furthermore, we want to support refugees with OWS-scholarships in cooperation with MyStipendium, which will cover their expenses during their trial weeks.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

We want to help young refugees who had to leave their countries and need to adapt to a totally new culture. They are lost and we want to show them possible career perspectives and integrate them with the help of education. In addition, OWS wants to focus on children coming from families without academic backgrounds to support them in their first steps towards higher education. We want to help all those young adults in finding a future path which fits their interests and talents.

What makes your idea stand apart?

One Week Student is unique. There is no other program allowing a realistic insight into different study programs in different cities during flexible periods. Furthermore, our program is easily scalable because of the online matching. There doesn’t exist a program which leads refugees step by step through their orientation process. We will merge all already existing programs into one orientation journey. Thus, we want to combine different initiatives to offer the best overall career orientation.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 70000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Our major expenses are personnel costs, to extend our community and promote OWS locally as well as especially approach and help refugees. Furthermore, we need a large part of the budget to fine-tune the concept and implement it. Therefore, we also need to develop the website. To provide the scholarships for refugees we need to build up the cooperation with MyStipendium and private universities.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We would highly appreciate any kind of feedback, ideas or advice regarding our project One Week Student.



Idea created on March 3, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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