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Help for international students

Cross Cultural Mentoring Program

Are you a 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

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 look forward to meeting you!

Signing up as a mentee for the winter semester is unfortunately not available anymore. In urgent cases, please send an e-mail.

Participants standing on a bridge, waving  (c) Patrick Wolff
Winter semester 2012/2013
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… 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
  • Make new friends from Germany and from around the world
  • Active participation in a cool university program
  • The chance to do volunteer work
  • Intercultural, communications, and social skills
  • Get to know new cultures and viewpoints
  • Reflections on your own culture

Unfortunately for the winter semester 17/18, we reached our full capacity.

Short movie - designed by participants

Duration: 1:11 | © Lun Yan | Source: University of Stuttgart

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 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.

Workshops

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.

In the winter semester 2017/18 the following courses are on offer:
Please note: Registration for all courses is obligatory unless otherwise stated by using this onlineform. 

German conversation (Level A2)
Course times: Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm (weekly)
Place: Internationales Zentrum (IZ), Pfaffenwaldring 60, room U.026
Course language:  German
Beginning: 16.11.17

Introduction into the Arabian language
Course times: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5:00 pm (weekly)
Place: Internationales Zentrum (IZ), Pfaffenwaldring 60, room U.026
Course language: Arabian and German
Beginning: 15.11.17

Communication in French
Course times: Thursdays, 2:00 - 3:30 pm (weekly)
Place: Internationales Zentrum (IZ), Pfaffenwaldring 60, room U.026
Course language: French
Beginning: 09.11.17

"Fashion Science"
Course times: Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm (every 2nd week)
Place: Internationales Zentrum (IZ), Pfaffenwaldring 60, room U.026
Course language: German and English
Beginning: 06.11.17

Introduction into the programming language VBA
Course times: Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:00 pm (every 2nd week)
Place: Internationales Zentrum (IZ), Pfaffenwaldring 60, room U.026
Course language: German
Beginning: 07.11.17

Improvisation theater
Course times: Mondays, 2:00 - 3:30 pm (weekly)
Place: Internationales Zentrum (IZ), Pfaffenwaldring 60, room U.026
Course language: German
Beginning: 13.11.17

"Cooking Fever"
Every participant is expected to choose a recipee for a meal of his/her home country or region, buy the ingredients for it and coordinate the other participants in the kitchen at least once. All participants will then enjoy the meal together! Costs will be shared among all participants.
Course times: Thursdays, 6:00 pm (every second week)
Place: Campus Stadtmitte, Keplerstr. 17 (K II), 2. Stock / 2nd floor, stuvus office
Course language: German and English
Beginning: 09.11.17

"Everybody speaks Music"
Join our colourful MentoringMusic group! Every instrument, every voice and every rhythm welcome! No previous registration necessary, just come along!
First meeting in the winter semester 2017/18: Thursday, November 9, 7:00 pm (please do not bring your instrument with you to the first meeting, we will first plan before we start making music together)
This is no course for learning how to play an instrument or how to sing. Therefore, a minimal knowledge of playing an instrument/singing is required.
Place: Unithekle, Allmandring 17, Campus Vaihingen

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.

In the wintersemester 2017/18 the following courses are on offer:
Please note: Registration for all courses is obligatory unless otherwise stated by using this Onlineformular. 

German conversation (Level A 2)
Course times: Thursdays, 16-17.30 pm (weekly)
Place: Internationales Zentrum  (IZ), Pfaffenwaldring 60, room U.026
Course Language:  German
Beginning: 16.11.17

Introduction into the Arabian Language
Course times: Wednesdays, 15.30 - 17.00 pm (weekly)
Place: Internationales Zentrum  (IZ), Pfaffenwaldring 60, room U.026
Course Language: Arabian and German
Beginning: 15.11.17

Communication in French
Course times: Wednesdays, 14:00 - 15.30 pm (weekly)
Place: Internationales Zentrum  (IZ), Pfaffenwaldring 60, room U.026
Course Language: French
Beginning: 09.11.17

"Fashion Science"
Kurszeiten/Course times: Mondays, 18:00 - 19.30 pm (every 2nd week)
Ort/Place: Internationales Zentrum  (IZ), Pfaffenwaldring 60, room U.026
Course Language: German and English
Beginning: 06.11.17

Introduction into the programming language VBA
Course times: Tuesdays, 17:30 - 19.00 pm (every 2nd week)
Ort/Place: Internationales Zentrum  (IZ), Pfaffenwaldring 60, room U.026
Kurssprache / Course Language: German
Beginning: 07.11.17

Improvisation Theater
Course times: Mondays, 14:00 - 15:30 pm (wöchentlich)
Place: Internationales Zentrum  (IZ), Pfaffenwaldring 60, room U.026
Course Language: German
Beginn(ing): 13.11.17

"Cooking Fever"
Every participant is expected to choose a recipee  for a meal of his/her home country or region, buy the ingredients for it and coordinate the other participants in the kitchen at least once. All participants will then enjoy the meal together! Costs will be shared among all participants.
Course times: Thursdays, 18:00 pm (every second week)
Place: Campus Stadtmitte, Keplerstr. 17 (K II), 2. Stock / 2nd floor, stuvus office
Course Language: German and English
Beginning: 09.11.17

"Everybody speaks Music"
Join our colourful MentoringMusic group! Every instrument, every voice and every rhythm welcome! No previous registration necessary, just come along!
First meeting in the winter semester 2017/18: Thursday, November 9, 07:00 pm (please do not bring your instrument with you for the first meeting, we will first plan toether before we start making music)
This is no course for learning how to play an instrument or how to sind. Therefore a minimal knowledge of playing an instrument/singing is required.

 

 

 

Bitte melden Sie sich für die Kurse im Wintersemester 2017/18 über unser Onlineformular an.

 

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.  

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

Random program images from recent semesters

Left to right.: Maja Heidenreich, Lennart Schönfelder, Sophia Groß,Claudia Schubert,Florian Lindenberger.
Left to right.: Maja Heidenreich, Lennart Schönfelder, Sophia Groß,Claudia Schubert,Florian Lindenberger

Contact

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Maja Heidenreich

Project coordinator Cross Cultural Mentoring Program and Manager Welcome Center for International Scholars

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Sarah Walz

Coordinator Cross Cultural Mentoring Program

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Raphaela Diel

Welcome Center for International Scholars