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Programme for University Students

Based on the most optimistic approaches, three times more non-Roma graduates from secondary school than Roma; and eight times more non-Roma admitted to university than Roma.

Ever since our establishment, an average 14 Romaversitas students earn a university degree every year. 85% of our students successfully finish their university studies, which is a high number in the context of systemic racism in Hungary.

Based on our experience gained over more than two decades, the training programme, the community experience and the study grant support the students in a complementary way to reach their educational goals:

• the training programme focuses on academic knowledge and soft skills,

• community provides a posse, a safe space to embrace their identity,

• the study grants ensure they concentrate on their studies.

The focus areas of our programme include:

Mentoring

As personal attention is one of the key values of our education programs, we provide mentoring opportunities for our students during their time in academia.

Language classes

Recognizing the importance of the adequate command of the English language, most of our students attend our English classes. In Hungary, students must take a language exam to be awarded with their university degree.

Romaversitas Sundays

Once every month we organize full-day community and skills-development sessions.
These weekends also provide an opportunity for our preparation and university programme’s students to meet each other and alumni members.

Tutoring

Systemic racism and the inequalities of the Hungarian education system take a toll on many of our students’ study skills. In case of personal need, we provide them with tutors who help them meet the challenges during their academic program.

Study grant

In cooperation with the Roma Education Fund, we provide study grants to the university students. The grant allows them to better concentrate on their studies and embrace the unique period in their lives that they spend in academia.
Furthermore, they receive IT equipment to ensure better access to education.
They can also apply for crisis grants.

Mental health consultation

Mental health professionals volunteer their services for our students.