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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)
  • 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!

Signing up as a mentee for the summer semester 2017 is still possible by sending an e-mail.

Participants standing on a bridge, waving  (c) Patrick Wolff
Fall semester 2012/2013

… 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 2017/18 starting August 1st, 2017

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.


Every semester we offer participants of the intercultural mentoring program a variety of free workshops.

Workshops during the summer semester 2017

Self-Marketing on the 7th and 8th September [in German] (to register, send an email to mentoring@ia.uni-stuttgart.de)

Student-taught tutorials

To support the participants both academically and language-wise, we offer a variety of free tutorials for our mentors and mentees taught by former and current participants. The tutorials are either held once a week or on specific dates and include a wide variety of topics, e.g. language courses (german and other languages), programming skills, study-related courses as well as non-study-related courses such as rhetoric and elocution training, first-aid courses, e.t.c.

The tutorials for next semester shall be updated at the start of the winter semester 2017/18.

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

  • 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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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

Coordinator Cross Cultural Mentoring Program and Manager Welcome Center for International Scholars