Wiebke Hohberger


IPC Fellowship

Granting institution

Period of the Fellowship


Project title

Syrian Students at Turkish Universities: Current Efforts in the Field of Higher Education

Project description

Her research project examined the current situation of Syrians in the field of higher education. Research questions thereby concern the conditions of enrollment, opportunities for financial support in the form of scholarships, language support, and special orientation programs on campus. Conversational interviews with Syrian students conducted at Turkish universities additionally revealed Syrian students’ perspective on the different efforts made in the field of higher education. Their feedback as well as their remarks on their needs, not least, enabled the development of policy recommendations to both universities and external state and non-state actors.


Turkey and Europe, Migration and Integration Policies in Germany and Turkey

Short biography

Wiebke Hohberger was a 2016/2017 Mercator-IPC Fellow. In her research project at Istanbul Policy Center she focused on the field of higher education for Syrian university students in Turkey. Currently, she works as a research assistant at the Administrative Court of Hamburg in the field of asylum law. In addition to her academic focus on past and present Turkish-European relations, she is particularly interested in current issues of integration and migration policies. In the last ten years, she has been involved in several voluntary projects supporting refugees and migrants both in Germany and Turkey. She holds an MA in Contemporary History, Political Science and Islamic Studies from the University of Münster and studied International Relations at Marmara University in Istanbul.