Germany has frequently been cited as a case study in the contemporary dialogue around refugee higher education. Much of the emerging literature that focuses on refugee education in Germany has dealt with access to higher education institutions (HEIs), profiling ‘pathway’ or ‘bridging’ programmes that prepare students for higher education and are familiar in other national settings. This chapter seeks to take a somewhat different approach, employing quantitative textual analysis to parse the webpages of sixteen German universities – one per federal state – that represent the ‘home page’ for refugee services at the given HEI. A particular focus of this research is on the question of whether and how women are reflected in the institutional initiatives represented on refugee ‘home pages’. In quantifying the language used and supports offered across HEIs, the distinct policy contexts and diffusion of information available to prospective university entrants become clear. In short, the results of quantitative textual analysis reflect the disjointed nature of refugee student information and services at this sub-set of German research universities.

DOI: 10.1017/9781108655101.010

ISBN: 9781108655101