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Claim of UPtransition: Equal Opportunities - New Perspectives
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Qualification program for more diversity & career orientation opportunities

Many students experience disadvantages or discrimination. UPtransition is committed to diversity, equality and inclusion at the University of Potsdam. To this end, UPtransition offers students a qualification program for professional orientation and creates new jobs for student assistants (WHKs). The program is explicitly aimed at all international students, first-generation students, BiPoC, people with a history of migration, refugees, LGBTQIA* students, people with health restrictions (physical and mental), students with care responsibilities or children and all other students who face challenges.

Participation in the UPtransition program includes workshops on career-related topics, individual counseling and networking events for joint reflection. In addition, we create new jobs for student assistants for which all program participants can apply. We value diversity - which is why we want to listen carefully and take every individual challenge seriously.

How is the program structured?

The UPtransition program includes workshops, a network, counseling, WHK jobs and at the end there is a certificate for all participants.
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Participation in the program includes a diversity training course and four self-selected workshops on professional orientation and qualification from a range of courses. Click here for more info.

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At regular meetings of all program participants, the focus is on sharing experiences, mutual support and reflection. We create a safe space.

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In individual consultations, we work together to identify your individual strengths and interests and find ways to put them to good use. We support you in achieving your goals.

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Student jobs (WHKs)

We are creating new positions for student assistants at the University of Potsdam to give you practical experience during your studies in a scientific or science-related field.

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The one-year program concludes with an evaluation and a reflection report. You will receive a meaningful certificate that you can use for future applications.

How can I participate in the program?

UPtransition is aimed at all students who experience disadvantages and/or have experienced discrimination/racism and who are confronted with special challenges that make studying or a part-time job even more difficult. If you are the first person in your family to study, have a history of migration or if you are a refugee, if you identify as a Person of Color, as non-binary or queer, if you have health restrictions, care for relatives, have children or have come to the University of Potsdam as an international student, we cordially invite you to participate in our qualification program.

We are aware that we have not covered all dimensions of possible discrimination or disadvantage here, so we refer you to the Anti-discrimination Guidelines of the University of Potsdam and are always open to individual discussions. For more information on diversity and anti-discrimination measures at the University of Potsdam, please visit the website A University Free of Discrimination.

Dates for participants of the 1st round at a glance

The application period for the 1st round is closed. The next application period starts in September 2024.

May 24, 2024

Kick-off on May 24, 2024

Save the date: The one-day kick-off event for the 1st round will take place on Friday, 24 May 2024. Participation is mandatory. We look forward to getting to know you!

For chairs & institutions

Do you have an idea for an innovative project with students in your field? But you don't have the necessary resources for a student assistant (WHK) to implement it? Do you want to promote equal opportunities and diversityat the University of Potsdam and give students an insight into working in a scientific or science-related professional field? Then join the UPtransition qualification program as an institution or chair.

Conditions for cooperation within the university

Anne Klinnert

Project coordinator UPtransition

Anne Klinnert


Campus Am Neuen Palais
House 22, room 1.22

Lennart Hölscher

Project evaluation UPtransition

Lennart Hölscher


Campus Am Neuen Palais
House 22, room 1.04

Research assistant

Alica Bremer


Campus Am Neuen Palais
House 22, room 1.04


The project "UPtransition - Qualification Program for a Successful Transition from Bachelor to Master or Career in the State of Brandenburg" is funded by the European Union and the state of Brandenburg.