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
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.
… 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
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 email@example.com)
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