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The Intercultural Mentoring Program (ICM)

What is the Intercultural Mentoring Program (ICM)?

In the Intercultural Mentoring program (ICM), international newcomers (mentees) are matched with experienced students from all university departments (mentors) by subject of study. Mentors help mentees in the process of integration into the German academic system and culture.

Therefore, the ICM gives you the opportunity to make friends from around the world, to receive or give help and to learn about other cultures. You can also meet new people and enjoy yourself at one of our social events, sports events, cultural events and workshops.

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Take part in the ICM - registration

 


Registration for the next ICM semester in WS 2023/24 has already taken place. The program is already fully booked. However, we would be happy to welcome you to our community as a mentor in SoSe 2024 or a mentee in WS 24/25!

 

  • Do you want to receive help from an experienced student? Become a mentee then! (Only international students who are starting their studies in Freiburg).

 

  • Do you want to help international students? Become a mentor then! The recruitment of mentors for the winter term 2023/24 is officially over. If you are still interested to become an ICM mentor in the coming semester, please write us an email  and we will get back to you!

Information for mentees

Who can be a mentee?

All international students who start their studies in Freiburg can be a mentee.

Benefits for mentees

By becoming a mentee, you'll be starting your uni experience on the right foot. A mentor will be assigned to you according to subject of study (if possible) to provide you with regular support and advice.

Benefits include:

  • A personal contact who can help you understand the culture around student life and living in Germany to quickly settle down in Freiburg
  • Support with information for everyday issues. E.g. buying tram tickets, where to get your uni card
  • Expanding your social network by meeting with German and international students from all over the world
  • Insight into the structure of the university
  • The opportunity to take part in additional workshops hosted by ICM to develop your intercultural, communicative and social competences
  • The opportunity to take part in inspiring and fun social events
  • Enhancement of your CV with a certificate recognizing successful participation as a mentee

Requirements for mentees

  • Meet face-to-face at least four times with your mentor during the semester
  • Attend the mentee workshop, kick-off event, and closing event
  • Be reliable and on time when meeting with your mentor and prepare your own topics in advance
  • Be open to share your cultural experiences with others
  • Complete the final reflection at the end of the semester 

 

Information for mentors

Who can be a mentor?

German and international students from all faculties who are entering their second or higher semester of study can be a mentor.

Benefits for mentors

  • Broaden your worldview by learning directly from international students about cultures!
  • Make a difference! It feels good to help others, and you’d be surprised to see the impact your kindness can make on someone else’s life.
  • Enhance your CV with a certificate! Develop intercultural, interpersonal, and leadership skills - transferable skills employers seek giving you an advantage for future job applications
  • The opportunity to take part in additional workshops hosted by ICM to develop your intercultural, communicative and social competences
  • The opportunity to take part in inspiring and fun social events

Requirements for mentors

  • At least four face-to-face meetings with your mentees within a semester
  • Attend the mentor workshop, kick-off event, and closing event
  • Reach out to mentees once a week electronically or by other means (in addition to the required face-to-face meetings)
  • Be reliable and on time when meeting with your mentee
  • Be open to share your cultural experiences with others
  • Complete the final reflection at the end of the semester

 

Receive a certificate

To appreciate your commitment as an ICM mentor or mentee, we will hand over a certificate at the end of your mentoring relationship. We are highly interested in your experiences and therefore ask you to give us your personal feedback about the program.

Please fill in this form to give us your feedback. 

 

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