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1) How do I find my mentor or my mentee?

There is an application form for mentors and an application form for mentees where you should register to participate in the Intercultural Mentoring Program. In a next step, the coordinators of the Intercultural Mentoring Program match you according to subject of study (if possible) and personal wishes with the most suitable partner. After the matching, you will receive name and email address of each other, so that you can get in contact as soon as possible. Use this chance to introduce yourself with subject of study, your personal interests and your expectations concerning your mentoring relationship. This procedure gives mentees the chance to clarify first questions before their arrival in Freiburg and the first personal meeting at the Kick-off Event.

 

2) What can I do if the official registration phase is already expired?

If you want to participate although the registration phase is already expired, please send us an email: steiger-merx@service.uni-freiburg.de. We will then decide, on a case-by-case basis, if participation is still possible. We assure you that we do our best to find the most suitable and appropriate mentoring partner for you.

 

3) What do I find in my mentor?

All our mentors look very much forward to meeting you and want to offer support and guidance. They are all experienced and committed mentors and many of them participate for the second or even third time. Some of them have been mentees before, so they exactly know how feel and what you need at the beginning of your studies. They are all very eager to getting to know you and want to support you the best they can. Note for mentees: please be aware that your mentor might not have the same gender and is not responsible for your course of studies and the success of your studies.

 

4) Which criteria are used to match mentees and mentors?

As far as at all possible we match you according to subject of study and/or personal wishes, as it is of great importance to us to find the most appropriate and suitable partner(s) for you. If your mentoring partner(s) should not match your subject of study, we hope that you will find other similarities. The mentees have different concerns (arrival in Freiburg, universitary requirements, organization of studies, establishing a network, etc.) and we are confident that the mentors’ support will be valuable to the mentees - regardless of a common subject of study.

 

5) How many mentees are supervised by a mentor?

Our aim is to match you within one-to-one mentoring relationships according to subject of study and/or personal wishes. If we have more mentees as mentors within a subject of study we try to match you within a small group with a maximum of 3 mentees. Our past experience has shown us that the mentees in the group mentoring often helped each other, so that the mentor does not have to invest more time than within a one-to-one mentoring relationship.

 

6) Do mentors and mentees always have to meet personally? And how often do they have to meet?

For a successful mentoring relationship it is absolutely vital that you as mentor and mentee meet personally on a regular basis. We suggest at least 3-4 individual mentoring meetings during one semester – you are free to decide when, where and how often you want to meet. Two events are compulsory for mentors as well as mentees: the Kick-off-Event as the official start of the mentoring relationship and the Closing Event where you give us your feedback and receive your certificate for successful participation. In addition you can of course also get in contact with each other via phone, email, WhatsApp, Skype etc.

 

7) How much time do I have to invest for the Program?

How much time you need to invest for the program varies and depends a bit on your personal mentoring relationship and the amount of time you both like to invest. For sure you need time for the personal meetings, we suggest 3-4 individual meetings within a semester – you are free to decide when, where and how often you want to meet. Two events are obligatory: the Kick-off Event as the official beginning of the mentoring relationship and the Closing Event where you give your feedback and receive a certificate for your successful participation.

In addition you are welcome to participate in all other events that are offered within the Intercultural Mentoring Program such as the Intercultural Trainings and Socializing Events. Many Socializing Events are offered by our mentors - if you are interested in offering an own Socializing Event, please get in contact with us and let us know: steiger-merx@service.uni-freiburg.de. We will be happy to assist and support.

 

8) Do I have to participate in all events that are offered by the Intercultural Mentoring Program?

It is obligatory to participate in the Kick-off Event and in the Closing Event. All events, such as the Socializing Events or the Intercultural Trainings, that take place during the semester, are on a voluntary basis. Many Socializing Events are offered by our mentors - if you are interested in offering an own Socializing Event, please get in contact with us and let us know: steiger-merx@service.uni-freiburg.de. We will be happy to assist and support.

 

9) What can I do if my mentee or mentor does not respond?

In case your mentee or mentor does not respond, please do not hesitate to send an email and explain your situation to the coordinators of the Intercultural Mentoring Program. The team tries to do its best to solve the situation as quick as possible. The earlier you let us know about possible difficulties, the better we can assist and try to find another solution in agreement with you.

 

10) What happens if I do not get along with my mentor or mentee?

In the event that you and your mentor do not get along with each other, please contact the coordinators of the Intercultural Mentoring Program via email or come to our office to explain the situation. We try to solve existing problems in a personal meeting with you and/or your tandem partner or both of you and find out if there is a chance to continue the mentoring relationship. The earlier you let us know about possible difficulties, the better we can assist and try to find another solution in agreement with you.

 

11) Do I get ECTS-points for participation in the program?

Unfortunately you do not receive any points for participating in the program. Instead, you will get a certificate for your successful participation and great commitment within the program, which is a great reference for you curriculum vitae and which might be useful for future job applications.

 

12) Do I have to pay to participate in the program?

No! Participating in our program is free. The Intercultural Training, certificates and all events are also at no expense for you.

 

13) What do I talk about with my mentor or mentee?

At the beginning, talking to your mentor or mentee might seem uncomfortable. Start by getting to know each other and sharing your interests, goals or experiences. Later, depending on what you hope to gain from the mentoring relationship, you might ask for specific advice and tips how your mentoring partner would react in certain situations. It might be also a great support for you to prepare questions and themes you would like to talk about with your mentoring partner. To facilitate your start into the mentoring relationship, we have prepared some documents with further suggestions and tips for a good start for mentors and a good start for mentees.