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International Students Office (IStO)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Adenauerring 2
76131 Karlsruhe

Campus South
Bldg.: 50.20, Room 106

Phone +49 721 608-44911
Fax +49 721 608-44907
Contact Form

Opening hours Secretary
Mo.-Fr. 9 am-12 am
Closed on Tuesday

Please also note the office hours of our individual employees.

Application hotline since June 15th: Mo - Fr 10 am - 12 am Phone: +49 721 608-44925

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.


Information events on the Buddy Program will take place on:
Wednesday, 7th February 2018,
Wednesday, 11th April 2018, and
Thursday, 26th April 2018,
from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in Building 30.22 Room 229.3.


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



Only required if you want to obtain ECTS

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