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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, einen spannenden Workshop zum Leben in Deutschland mit interkulturellem Training
  • many extra classes (German grammar and conversation or technical classes, Java, Matlab), a leisure time program with reserved pub tables, excursions, cultural and sports activities.

 We look forward to meeting you!

Participants standing on a bridge, waving  (c) Patrick Wolff
Fall 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 get accustomed to the University of Stuttgart.
  • get 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

You can sign up for the mentoring program for the fall semester 2016/17 starting August 15, 2016

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 intercultural mentoring program a variety of free workshops.

During the 2016 summer semester, we offered the following workshops:

  • Intercultural communication introductory seminar
  • Human rights (Lukas Findeisen)
  • Active citizenship (Lukas Findeisen)
  • Learning techniques (Rainer Laue)
 Student-taught tutorials

To support the participants both academically and language-wise, tutors offer a variety of free tutorials. In the winter semester 2016/2017, the following tutorials are on offer:

  • German Conversation Course
  • German Grammar Course
  • Higher Mathematics
  • Technical Mechanics
  • CATVIA/CAD Programming
  • Matlab Basics
  • C#-Course
  • LaTex Basics

A varied framework program with regular social round tables, excursions, and international evenings as well as sports and cultural events complements the mentoring meetings. All participants are encouraged to make suggestions and to organize events themselves.  

Objectives of the Cross Cultural Mentoring Program

  • Cultural exchanges between German and international students
  • Promote social integration of international students and participation in campus life
  • Provide intensive counseling and mentoring to international students
  • Improve the technical and language skills of international students
  • Reduce the international student drop-out rate
  • Offer volunteering opportunities
  • Foster intercultural, social, and communications 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

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