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Intercultural Mentoring

The intercultural mentoring program is initiated by the student mentoring competence network and is offered every winter term. Experienced students from all university departments (mentors) share their experience as a student with international students at the beginning of their studies (mentees) and support them on a personal, professional and social basis.

  • Take part and sign up as a mentor! (registration for winter term 2019/2020 has been closed)
  • Take part and sign up as a mentee! (registration for winter term 2019/2020 has been closed)



The intercultural mentoring program is coordinated by Mrs. Kerstin Steiger-Merx. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kerstin Steiger-Merx koordiniert das Interkulturelle Mentoring, das sich an internationale Studierende richtet und ihnen nicht nur den akademischen sondern auch den kulturellen Einstieg in das Studium an der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg erleichtern soll.

Kerstin Steiger-Merx







For registration, mentors complete an admission form and are then invited to come by our office for a 10-minutes introductory meeting (at a time that suits them best) so that they can let us know their personal wishes and ideas and we can give them information about the procedure and their role as mentors.

As soon as the new international students have been admitted to the university they can register as mentees.

We then match mentors and mentees according to subject of study (if possible) and/or personal wishes as it is of great importance to us to find the most appropriate and suitable partner(s). As soon as we have matched mentors and mentees we forward the email addresses to the appropriate partners, so that mentors and mentees can get in contact with each other as quick as possible. Mentees therefore have the chance to clarify some issues before their arrival in Freiburg.

The kick-off event is the official beginning of the mentoring relationship where mentors and mentees meet personally. Since then the individual mentoring relationships take place in form of one-to-one- or group mentoring. Mentors and mentees meet at least 3-4 times per semester personally. The mentors give help and advice on all aspects concerning organization of studies, orientation at the university and social integration in Germany. The mentees give insight into their own culture and share their thoughts about Germany and university life with the mentors. We accompany the mentoring process and are available to answer all queries.The student mentoring network also offers two intercultural training workshops, free of charge, on a voluntary basis.

At the end of the program, all participants submit their feedback and receive a certificate for successful participation as a benefit for future job applications.

Socializing events from students for students – NEW

Students can offer various events such as social round tables, field trips, cultural or sporting events so that the participants can meet other mentoring teams and make new contacts.


Objectives of the intercultural mentoring program

  • Intercultural exchange between experienced students from all university departments (mentors) with international students at the beginning of their studies (mentees)
  • Subject-specific support (if possible) for all questions on how to organize one’s studies
  • Direct access to advice through support on a personal, professional and social basis
  • Opportunity to engage voluntarily
  • Improvement of intercultural, communicative and social competences
  • Promotion of social participation of international students in university life

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