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Daniela von Rüden
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International Affairs
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
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Buddy-Program at KIT

cultural peer-to-peer interchange during studies

Starting your studies in Germany may be quite Challenging, especially for international students. Therefore, the International Students Office (IStO) and the House of Competence (HoC) offer a Buddy-Program to help international students throughout their first semester. The Buddy-Program enables the exchange between first-year international students and other students, who have been studying for at least one year at KIT.

The Buddy-Program is an extra offer for international students in addition to the mentoring-programs, that the faculties do. 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. A buddy is a contact person who during the semester provides guidance and encouragement to fellow students on studies-related issues.


Registration deadline is on 23rd October 2018. Matching of buddy teams will begin immediately afterwards.


What are the goals of Buddy Program?

A KIT-student that is in a higher semester is matched to an international student. 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. Another aim of the Buddy-program is to provide intercultural exchange. The Buddy-teams can take part in the social activities, which are organised by the coordinating team, for example, grill festival, game-night and Christmas market visit.

I am an international student and interested in Buddy Programm

You are interested in an intercultural exchange and keen on doing intercultural learning, preferably your first semester at KIT. All you need ist o register and 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 interested in Buddy Programm. What requirements must I fulfill?

As a buddy, you are a caregiver who is the contact person for specific studies questions during the semester. You don’t have to have any special expertise, just supportive to the side and refers to the right places.

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 Buddy Program?

•    You get to know other cultures and expand your horizon
•    You develop intercultural skills
•    You can obtain 1 ECTS Credit in key qualifications (or modular personal competencies (MPK) in the case of teacher training programs).
•    Certificate of Attendance, which is also recognized as voluntary work within the framework of Module 3 of the International Competence Certificate (ZIK) of the IStO.

How can I obtain credit points within the Buddy Program?

The House of Competence offers supporting courses for the Buddy Program. By participating in The House of Competence you can earn 1 ECTS Credit in key qualifications.

How is the accompanying program of the HoC structured?

The accompanying program HoC starts after the introductory and welcoming event with a kick-off workshop on "Intercultural Learning in the Buddy Program". The workshop will be followed by an approximately 4-week online course. During this time, the Buddy teams work together on an online course of the National Agency for Civic Education on the topic "Acquire intercultural skills. After completion of the online course, a final workshop including evaluation of the program will take place.

Participation in the accompanying program HoC is only possible together as a buddy team, because the workshops / online course should be visited / edited together. For this reason, when registering for the Buddy Program, you must make a binding declaration as to whether participation in the accompanying program and thus the acquisition of ECTS credits is desired.



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

Angabe nur, wenn ECTS-Erwerb erwünscht ist

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(Please note: number of participants on ECTS is limited)

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Das Buddy-Programm wird gefördert vom DAAD aus Mitteln des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)