Volunteer Work

From High School to University?

In 2009 CGS students initiated the volunteer project "From High School to University". The project aims to inform high school students from a non-academic background about chances and challenges of pursuing an academic education. Our PhD students visit various schools in Cologne and work together with high school students in order to overcome their potential inhibitions of continuing their education at the university. Our CGS students prepare the workshop sessions and structure the following topics:

  • choosing a field of study,
  • the application and enrollment process at a university,
  • the costs of their potential course of studies and avenues for potential financial support.

In each session the high school students work in small teams on one of the topics. They collect, analyze and present the information for their classmates. A special emphasis is placed on the dialogue between the CGS and the high school students which further encourages the young high school students to openly ask questions and vocalize their fears and concerns. Each project includes an excursion to the University of Cologne. This direct exposure to the academic environment enables the young students to gain a first-hand impression of student life, the way lectures and seminars are conducted and introduces them to all relevant agencies dispensing further information. For additional information about the project please contact Fabian Becker or Alexander Stolz at cgs-schulprojekt(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de

Nach der Schule an die Uni?

In ihrem Projekt "Nach der Schule an die Uni?" engagiert sich die CGS auch ehrenamtlich. Ziel des Projektes ist, Schüler aus bildungsfernen Elternhäusern über Chancen und Anforderungen eines Studiums zu informieren. Hemmungen, ein Studium aufzunehmen, sollen abgebaut werden. Zu diesem Zweck besuchen die CGS-Doktoranden Kölner Schulen, um vor Ort mit den Schülern in vier Sitzungen Themen wie Studienfach- und ortswahl, Bewerbungsprozess sowie Kosten und Finanzierung zu erarbeiten. Interessenten melden sich bitte bei Fabian Becker oder Alexander Stolz unter cgs-schulprojekt(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de

Eine Übersicht zum Projekt finden SiePDF  hier.