German Universities host Katrina Victims


NEW YORK CITY, October 5, 2022 – German universities are reaching out to
students and faculty recovering from the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by
offering fully-funded places at their institutions for qualifying applicants from the
affected region.

Among the German institutions that offered help immediately arethe twelve universities in the state of Hessen, the Ludwig Maximilian University
Munich and the University of Dortmund.
The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts and the twelve regional
universities in the state of Hessen have waived tuition for their international
programs, offered free student housing to U.S. applicants, as well as a full
stipends of 500 euros (approx. $600) a month. The first 14 Louisiana students
will arrive in Frankfurt this Saturday.
The initiative has been launched in close cooperation of Hessen Education
Minister Udo Corts and the Consul General of the USA in Frankfurt Peter W.
Bodde and is supported by the Hessen Universities Consortium’s New York
office. Students from affected US institutions are encouraged to get in touch with
the New York staff or its German partner universities to assess needs and
opportunities. For further information please contact: Dr. Michael Werz, Director
Hessen Universities Consortium New York via or by
phone 212-758-3408
The Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich is granting five scholarships
to American students and researchers whose home universities were forced to
close by hurricane Katrina. LMU wants to help quickly and un-bureaucratically by
issuing these scholarships that last until January 2006. The Munich university
has reserved dormitory rooms for the Katrina victims and budgeted scholarship
grants of 400 euros (approx. $480) per month. The German Academic Exchange
Service (DAAD) will cover airfare for recipients.
This offer of aid was initiated by the German University Alliance, the contact
office in New York for LMU and the Freie Universität Berlin. American Studies
Professor Berndt Ostendorf, who has taught at the University of New Orleans
and maintains close contact with other universities in the region, is coordinating
the effort at LMU. Many of his students have also been on exchange programs in
New Orleans. “We are thankful to New Orleans for giving us so much inspiration
and assistance. I’m glad that we can now offer aid in return,” said Ostendorf.
Potential applicants for the LMU scholarships can get more information at the
website or by contacting
Prof. Dr. Berndt Ostendorf, E-mail: , phone
011-49-89-542-8522, or the German University Alliance at 1-212-758-3392.
The University of Dortmund has so far taken in 10 US students from the
hurricane-afflicted areas. The students are staying for one semester while
their home universities are closed. They have been provided with an all-inclusive
package: a tuition waiver, housing, health insurance, travel stipend, and monthly
stipend for living expenses. The first students have already arrived in Dortmund
and are busy taking courses within their majors.
Under the initiative of Dr. Walter Gruenzweig, professor of American Studies,
students and faculty members from the University of Dortmund collectively
donated over $25,000 to provide scholarships to the visiting US students. The
DAAD supported the rest of the applications, providing over $100,000 in aid.
When the University of Dortmund heard about the closing of the universities, they
posted a notice on the web site of Loyola University, asking if they can be of help
– within just a few days, over 75 students applied for the 10 spots. To find out
more about the University of Dortmund’s initiative, or to hear how these students
have been adapting, contact the New York Liaison office at 212-758-3384 or by
e-mail at
After the hurricane and flood, six colleges and universities in New Orleans had to
close for at least the rest of the year. They hope to be in working condition by
January or February. Most other universities in the catastrophe area have also
been heavily damaged but are continuing to offer instruction.

< Prev   Next >