Help for international students

Cross Cultural Mentoring Program

Are you an international student at the University of Stuttgart and are looking for answers about your studies or have questions about life in Germany? Become a mentee* in the Cross Cultural Mentoring Program and get the support you need. (*a person who has a Mentor)

The Cross Cultural Mentoring Program is designed to help you with questions about

  • your studies
  • the university
  • life in Germany
  • German language and culture

Leisure program

Other students accompany and support mentees for an entire semester as personal mentors. The mentoring program helps you make friends and also offers:

  • a fascinating workshop on life in Germany with intercultural training content (mandatory for participation)
  • extra courses on various topics offered by mentors
  • a leisure time program with reserved pub tables, excursions, cultural and sports activities

 We are looking forward to meeting you!


The registration phase for the winter semester 2020/21 is open now. In the winter semester, there will be a hybrid form of the mentoring program with online and on-site events. This means you can also register if you begin your studies in the winter semester 2020/21 but are still in your home country and unsure when you will arrive in Stuttgart.

Please write us an e-mail in case of questions.

Participants in the Cross Cultural Mentoring Program

… interested international students who

  • plan to complete their entire Bachelor’s or Master’s studies at the University of Stuttgart (full-time program)
  • are just beginning their studies or are experiencing difficulties studying (higher semesters also qualify)
  • have time to meet at least twice a month with the mentor
  • are interested in meeting people from other cultures
  • have time for a one-day introductory workshop and the social program
  • a mentor who will be there for you during an entire semester to help with any questions
  • the chance to speak lots of German and understand it better
  • the chance to get to know German culture intensively
  • an enjoyable introductory workshop with intercultural training content
  • other interesting workshops
  • free classes (in German grammar and conversation, Java, Matlab, CAD, athletics, and music)
  • a great leisure time program
  • certificate of participation or certificate of intercultural competence and internationality
  • Quickly accustomed to the University of Stuttgart
  • Support for all questions on how to organize your studies
  • Help with courses
  • Integration into German society and life in Stuttgart
  • New friends throughout Germany and the world
  • Active participation in a cool university program
  • The chance to do volunteer work
  • Intercultural, communications and social skills
  • Learning about new cultures and point of views
  • Reflecting on your own culture

For registration, please fill in the online form. Afterwards, you will be provided with an appointment offer for a short interview. Additionally to the preparation, the attendance in an one-day orientation workshop is mandatory. You find the dates in the registration form.

Short movie - filmed by participants

© Lun Yan

The three pillars of the Cross Cultural Mentoring Program

The most important pillar of the program is the one-on-one relationship between the international mentee and his/her mentor. Mentor and mentee meet at least twice a month. Mentors support their mentees with all questions touching their studies, getting oriented at the university, and social integration into life in Germany. The mentee in turn will introduce his/her mentor to his/her own culture and perspective on Germany.

The mentees take part in a one-day introduction seminar at the beginning of the semester.

The program coordinators prepare the mentors for their task in a two-day introductory seminar at the start of the semester.

During the semester, the program coordinators also serve as on-call counseling resources.

The mentoring activity counts as an interdisciplinary key skill (social competence) with three credit points toward the mentor’s studies. It also increases mentors’ chances of gaining a place to study abroad.

All mentors receive a certificate of participation upon turning in their final report.


Every semester we offer participants of the Cross Cultural Mentoring Program a variety of free workshops. 

Peer-to-peer courses

To support the mentees regarding their language, academic and personal skills, ours mentors offer a variety of free courses (which can also be taken by mentors, of course). The courses reflect the interests, know how and knowledge of our mentors and therefore change every semester. Usually German, foreign languages and programming languages however are on offer each semester.


07:00 - 08:00 pm: LateX for Beginners


06:00 - 07:00 pm: Hatha Yoga for Everyone

06:30 - 07:30 pm: Mentoring Band Everybody Speaks Music


06:00 - 08:00 pm: Photowalks around Stuttgart 


10:00 am: NeedForTrip

A varied social program with regular round table meetups, excursions, as well as sports and cultural events complement our stable of in-house events (our kick-off event, international evenings, christmas parties and many more!).

All participants are encouraged to make suggestions and to organize events themselves.  

I am impressed by how friendly all the mentors are and how attentive and engaged in the program. The classes I took helped me a great deal at a time when I had both course and language difficulties.

Mihaela Kovacheska, mentee, fall semester 15/16

Objectives of the Cross Cultural Mentoring Program

  • Intercultural exchange between German and international students
  • Social integration and participation of international students in university life
  • Hands-on advice and support for international students
  • Improvement of international students’ academic performance and German language skills
  • Reduction of the drop-out rate of international students
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Promoting intercultural, social, and communicative skills

Impressions from the last semesters


This picture showsSarah Walz

Sarah Walz

Coordinator Cross Cultural Mentoring Program

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