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Intercultural Center (Foto: Seng)

Intercultural Center
The Intercultural Center aims to improve mutual understanding. It is a place for people from different cultures and organizations to meet and make new friends. read more

Familie in der Flüchtlingsunterkunft Hardtstraße (Foto: Dorn)

Guide to the Health Care System for Migrants
Find your way around the complicated German health care system, despite possible language barriers, with useful pointers and information about counselling services. You can download the brochure here or get it from the City's Administration Offices or the Public Health Office, Kurfürsten-Anlage 38-40.
English version (1.014 MB)
Turkish version (1.113 MB)
Arabic version (890.5 KB)

Don't hesitate to contact us:

Office of Equal Opportunities
(Amt für Chancengleichheit)
Bergheimer Str. 69
69115 Heidelberg
Phone +49 6221 58-15500

Opening of the Intercultural Center (Photo: Rothe)


Heidelberg: open to the world

Heidelberg is a cosmopolitan city that is home to around 160,000 people of about 180 nationalities, including almost 56,000 with a migration background. Heidelberg has a real culture of welcome and acceptance, so even though the city’s population is becoming more diverse all the time, people feel at home here. For every citizen to participate equally in society, everyone needs make a contribution: from those whose families have always lived in Heidelberg, to those who have just arrived from abroad, as well as the City Council, the city administration, and the city’s public and private partners.

International Welcome Center

Landfried complex (Photo: City of Heidelberg)

The International Welcome Center Heidelberg (IWCH) offers foreigners special administrative services and is also a meeting place.

Services for immigrants

Consultation in the administrative office in Rohrbach (Photo: Rothe)

About 500 new Heidelberg residents receive a naturalization certificate from the city each year. Click below to learn more about immigration to Germany and Heidelberg. 

Refugees in Heidelberg

Applicants for asylum during language learning (Photo: Rothe)

The number of refugees in Germany is growing. The whole of Heidelberg’s society is doing its bit to help them.

Municipal Integration Plan

Living together (Photo: City of Heidelberg)

The Municipal Integration Plan exists to help immigrants participate in all aspects of society.

Help with discrimination

Flyer 'Help with discrimination'

The Office of Equal Opportunities is the point of contact for all who feel discriminated against and for people who wish to tackle discrimination.

Council for Migrants

The Council for Migrants (Photo: Rothe)

The Council for Migrants is the representative body for foreign citizens living in Heidelberg, and has an advisory role in the City Council. 


Naturalization ceremony (Photo: Rothe)

New citizens are seen as enriching the city. Naturalization is a very important element of Heidelberg’s integration policy.

Interfaith Dialog

Representatives of Heidelberg’s different religions (Photo: Rothe)

The city’s Interfaith Dialog aids understanding between the various religious groups in Heidelberg.

European Coalition of Cities

Heidelberg is presented with a certificate confirming its membership of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism (Photo: Rothe)

Since October 2014, Heidelberg has been a member of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism.

Further information

Other services include language courses

Read on for more services, interesting projects and contacts.