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Getting involved as a mentor

Cross Cultural Mentoring Program

Have you studied at the University of Stuttgart for at least two years and do you speak German well? Do you want to interact with international students? Why not join our Cross Cultural Mentoring Program?

Our male and female intercultural mentors assist international students who are in the first semester of their Bachelor’s or Master’s studies. Mentors and mentees meet at least twice a month. Both gain from the mentoring relationship by learning about each other’s culture and developing intercultural skills.

Our mentors help their mentees 

  • organize their studies
  • get to know the campus
  • get to know the city
  • learn the German language and understand German culture

Mentors are prepared for their role through introductory seminars and workshops and receive the program coordinators’ support during the semester.

The framework program includes social round tables and field trips as well as cultural and sporting events.

 We are looking forward to meeting you!

Thank you for your interest in the Cross Cultural Mentoring Program. The registration period for the winter semester 2017/18 will start on August 1st. Please follow the link on this site. After filling out the registration form, you will receive an e-mail with a proposed date for a meeting. If you have questions, please contact us.

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

… committed students who

  • have studied for at least four semesters
  • have time for meeting their mentees at least twice a month
  • have a very good knowledge of German
  • know the University of Stuttgart and its study programs very well
  • are interested in meeting people from other cultures
  • show empathy
  • are willing to attend a two-day introductory seminar
  • the chance to meet young people from other cultures and to help them get started with their studies at the University of Stuttgart
  • a training in intercultural communication as part of the introductory seminar
  • interesting workshops
  • the opportunity to gain teaching experience as an academic tutor
  • experience which will  be taken into consideration by the International Office when awarding places to study abroad
  • credit points (interdisciplinary key skill) for your involvement as a mentor
  • a certificate of attendance or a certificate of intercultural skills
  • Play an active role in a cool Uni program
  • Get the opportunity to do volunteer work
  • Gain intercultural, communicative and social skills
  • Get to know new cultures and perspectives
  • reflect on my own culture
  • develop an international network and contacts
  • make new friends from Germany and all over the world

You can now register for summer semester 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.  

Intercultural mentoring program goals

  • 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

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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