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The international buddy program offered by the University of Stuttgart and the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart aims to support you during your start in Stuttgart.

Sie sind schon länger Studentin oder Student an der Universität Stuttgart und wollen sich interkulturell engagieren? Als Buddy haben Sie die Chance dazu.

Welcome to Stuttgart, international students!

You can meet our buddies at several information stands throughout Stuttgart during your first days (see the listing below).

The first place is at the airport as soon as you arrive. Go to our airport information stand in the terminal to meet our buddies. One of them will take you to the train station, help you buy the right ticket, and get you on the right train to where you will be living.

All buddies are happy to answer your questions related to your first days in Stuttgart.
All buddies are happy to answer your questions related to your first days in Stuttgart.

Please register at least three weeks before your arrival in Stuttgart.

Locations of the information stands

Our buddies will welcome you in the terminal hall at their information stand. You will recognize them by their green University of Stuttgart t-shirts. Remember, you need to register for this service before you arrive. Otherwise we will not be able to prepare guidance for you.

Our buddies on campus can be easily found. If you arrive by S-Bahn, disembark at Universität. Take the exit Universitätszentrum. The information stand can be found upstairs next to the Deutsche Bahn information center.

The information stand for the dorms can be found on campus in Vaihingen as well. Follow the same description as to the campus stand. There will be signs guiding the way to the information stand next to the Ökumenisches Zentrum.

The residents’ registration office (Bürgerbüro) is located at the bus stop Vaihingen Rathaus. Take the bus 82 from Universität to the direction Rohr Mitte. Our buddies are in the entrance hall. Address: Rathausplatz 1, 70563 Stuttgart.

Pick up your welcome package!

We kindly ask you to come to our office at the IZ during our office hours upon arrival and pick up your welcome package. It presents all the information on what you need to do during your first few days in Stuttgart. Of cause, our staff will be ready to assist you by answering any questions that you might have. We look forward to welcoming you in Stuttgart!

Events by ready.study.stuttgart

Join us for fun events in and around Stuttgart. This is a great opportunity to meet both international and local students as all events are organized by our buddies. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Please register at the IZ (Pfaffenwaldring 60) in advance or sent us an e-mail.

Monday, May 1: Maiwanderung (holiday)
It is a tradition in Germany to go hiking on the first of May. It is a public holiday and there is no better way than enjoying this beautiful spring day with some old and new friends.
Soft drinks and water will be provided but please bring your own food.
Time & Location: 9:30 am in front of the IZ
Contribution: free    

Thursday, May 4: Mercedes-Benz Museum
Stuttgart is famous for its cars and where to learn about its history if not here? The museum is one of the most famous attractions in Stuttgart and definitely worth a visit.
Time & Location: 11 am in front of the museum
Contribution: free

Friday, May 12: Bouldering
We are going to try indoor bouldering in Vaihingen. It is a sport similar to climbing but without ropes and not as high, suitable for beginners to experts. The place has showers and lockers as well as a small café, although we recommend bringing food & drinks yourself.
Time & Location: 6:30 pm in front of the IZ
Contribution: EUR 3

Sunday, May 14: Bubble Soccer
Have you ever tried bubble soccer before? It is about playing football while being in a big, transparent bubble and it is an absolute trend sport. It is the fun that counts - not how good you are at soccer!
Time & Location: Campus Vaihingen, to be announced
Contribution: EUR 10  

Friday, May 19: Wine hiking
Its almost summer and now is the best time to discover Stuttgart and its surroundings while hiking through the vineyards. Of course we‘ll try some local wine as well.
Time & Location: to be announced
Contribution: EUR 3

Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25: Hiking in Innsbruck, Austria
We would like to invite you on a weekend full of hiking and sightseeing! We will leave for Innsbruck on Friday, a city in Austria, which is directly located beneath the Karwendel mountain range. The tours we've selected are suitable for beginners, those feeling more adventurous can also find more challenging tours. Moreover, Innsbruck itself also has plenty of sights for you to explore. We will stay in a Jugendherberge, breakfast is included.
Time & Location: will be announced after registration
Contribution: EUR 45 (including accomodation, breakfast and the train tickets)

Please note: Registration is only possible until Friday, May 19 and in person during the opening hours of the IZ.

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Frequently asked questions by international students


ready.study.stuttgart is the international buddy program of the University of Stuttgart and the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart. From the start, our buddies will support international students from around the world.

All international students of the University of Stuttgart – no matter where they are from – can take part in the buddy program. Just talk to one of our buddies, they are happy to help.

Our buddies at the information stands welcome international students on arrival in Stuttgart and on campus and will provide initial assistance in getting started the right way on your new life at the University. Then, you will set off on your own well-prepared for the following days.

Our services are free of charge for everyone.

Our buddies will help you to move in but you have to look for accommodation on your own. Please check our housing page for useful advice on how to find accommodation in Stuttgart.

There are several possibilities for your first night or your first nights in Stuttgart. We can provide an overview on several accommodation options here in Stuttgart. Please keep in mind that it is only possible to move into your student dorm room during the caretaker's office hours. We kindly ask you to consider this before booking your flight. 

You are a degree seeking student and you are looking for support during your studies? The Cross Cultural Mentoring Program of the University of Stuttgart might be of interest to you. As a mentee you will receive intensive support during the semester including frequent meetings with your personal mentor.


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Fabienne Schopf

Advisor for Exchange Students

  • +49 711 685-68556
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  • Office hours: Mon - Fri10 am - 12 pm, Mon and Wed 1:30 pm - 4 pm