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Daniela von Rüden
Coordinator for the Integration of Refugees at KIT
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International Affairs
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Building 50.21
Adenauerring 4
76131 Karlsruhe

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Buddy-Program for International Students

In cooperation with the Coordinating Office for the Integration of Refugees, and the House of Competence (HoC), the International Students Office (IStO) offers a Buddy Program for international students. Within this program, international students who have recently enrolled for bachelor’s or master’s studies are provided with support for one semester from a KIT student who, if possible, is in the same degree program.

The respective contact person is at the student’s disposal for any questions and issues that may occur in his/her everyday student life. During the semester, the buddy teams are accompanied by staff from the Coordinating Office for the Integration of Refugees and from IStO. At HoC, they participate in ECTS-credited events on the subjects of intercultural skills and voluntary commitment. For international students, the Buddy Program constitutes an offer in addition to the departments’ mentoring programs.

You can also get an impression from our video on youtube.


Unfortunately, the registration for first-semester students for the summer semester 2018  is no longer possible.

You can still register below for winter semester 2018/19.


What is a Buddy?

A buddy is a contact person who during the semester provides guidance and encouragement to fellow students on studies-related issues. He/she is not required to have special expertise but gives support and assistance to the respective student and refers him/her to the right contact points.

I am an international student who just enrolled at KIT. What am I supposed to do?

After you have registered using the registration form, a member of the staff of the Buddy Program Coordination will contact you. Should you have any questions beforehand, please do not hesitate to contact us: buddy∂

I already am a student at the KIT and would like to become a buddy. What requirements must I fulfill?

You have been attending bachelor’s, master’s or teacher training programs for at least one semester at KIT and are interested in intercultural exchange and voluntary commitment? Please feel free to register using our registration form. Should you have any questions beforehand, please do not hesitate to contact us: buddy∂

What are the advantages of the Buddy Program?

You get to know other cultures and expand your horizon. You develop intercultural skills and, in doing so, can obtain two or three ECTS credits in key qualifications (or modular personal competencies (MPK) in the case of teacher training programs).

How can I obtain credits within the Buddy Program?

The House of Competence offers supporting courses for the Buddy Program. These courses comprise two workshops and one online module. If you successfully complete these courses and participate in a workshop from the series “Rüstzeug fürs Ehrenamt” (acquiring skills for voluntary work), you will obtain two ECTS credits. If, in addition to the basic program, you take part in four workshops from the series “Rüstzeug fürs Ehrenamt”, you can acquire three ECTS credits.


Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Anna Lehner. Read more about "Rüstzeug fürs Ehrenamt" at


Deadline Please note that you can currently only apply for a start in winter term 2018/19.

Only required if you want to obtain ECTS

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