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Pamoja is Swahili and means "Together"

Stephan Herma

Stephan Herma

Hochschulreferat Internationale Angelegenheiten

  • Campus Südstadt
    Claudiusstraße 1
    50678 Köln
  • Room A1.54a
  • Phone: +49 221-8275-3838

Fünf Personen halten bunte Papierbuchstaben: P A M O J A. (Image: Pamoja/TH Köln)

Pamoja Buddy Program

Pamoja is Swahili for "Together". You are currently a student of TH Köln and want to assist refugees in getting to know Cologne and TH Köln? Or Cologne is your new home and you are interested in studying at TH Köln? – Then the Pamoja Buddy Program is just the thing for you!

The Pamoja Buddy Program connects refugees who want to study at TH Köln with students of the university. It supports refugees in getting to know the university and students of TH Köln.

Why should you participate in Pamoja as a student of TH Köln?

  • Your chance to make a difference
  • Get in contact with refugees
  • Participate in joint activities and events
  • Get to know other cultures
  • Receive a certificate proving your social commitment and voluntary work

Why should you participate in Pamoja as a refugee?

  • Get assistance in all matters related to “studying at TH Köln”
  • Meet TH Köln students
  • Practice your German skills
  • Get to know the university
  • Participate in joint activities and events

Sign up for the Pamoja program

You want to become a buddy of a refugee?

Pamoja Registration as TH Köln Buddy

You are a refugee and would like to meet TH Köln students?

Pamoja Registration as Refugee

German Language Skills

Students of TH Köln wishing to participate in the Pamoja Buddy Program and whose native language is not German, should have at least a level of C1 in the German language.

What happens next?

As soon as we have received your registration, you will receive a confirmation. Our Pamoja team will choose your buddy based on the interests, languages and degree program you indicated in your registration. We will try to consider your preferences when selecting a buddy. Please understand that we will not always be able to do so. You will also be added to our Pamoja mailing list in order for you to receive information on all upcoming events.


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Participating in the Pamoja Buddy Program is free of charge. The requested personal information you provide is for internal use only and will not be disclosed to third parties.