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International Affairs
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Building 50.21
Adenauerring 4
76131 Karlsruhe
Germany

Our office hours take place every Wednesday between 1 pm and 2 pm in building 50.21, room 109.

Currently only available via email or phone.

Registration always possible.
fka - Freundeskreis Asyl Karlsruhe e.V

The project "Support for international students at KIT" helps to design and organize everyday life.

Along with the subject-related requirements of a highly qualifying study program at the university, international students cope with a variety of other challenges, which also contribute significantly to the successful achievement of their goals. In this project, fka offers support, before topics such as living in a foreign country, culture, language, and stress become an unbearable burden.

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Intercultural exchange during your studies


Intercultural exchange during your studies

Please note

In order to contain the further spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19, the Buddy Program will be provided in digital form. Registration is still possible.

Information about the Coronavirus

The IStO Buddy Program is the platform for international encounters between newly arrived students from all over the world and experienced KIT students, a community in which the culture of welcome at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is lived.

The program for orientation at the new place of study & intercultural peer-to-peer exchange is an additional offer for international students to the faculties' own mentoring programs with a focus on non-academic topics. For local students, this platform offers the opportunity to acquire international knowledge and to prepare for their own stay abroad. Together, they can gain valuable experience by various activities and by helping to shape the programme.

The exchange is offered on two levels: informally at various events, as well as structured and binding in fixed buddy groups.

The event formats offered, include workshops on interculturalism or volunteer work, excursions to regional highlights, participation in cultural, seasonal and local events, organisation of international country evenings, visits to typical student restaurants and parties where people can stay among themselves.

Buddy groups usually consist of one experienced local student and several international students. In this way, the newly arrived students find reliable contact persons who help them to orientate in their new surroundings and who are available to answer questions they may have.

At the end of the semester, the participants will receive qualified certificates showing the extent of their commitment.

Some of these certificates can also be credited to the ZDek and ZIK certificates.

 

What are the goals of the Buddy Program?

The most important goal is the intercultural exchange.

Newly-arrived students are provided with points of contact for their own social network as well as information for orientation in everyday life at university.

Experienced students have the opportunity to get in touch with international students at KIT and learn about their countries of origin.

The common goal of all students is to expand and strengthen the international community in which the welcome culture at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is lived.

I am an experienced, local student interested in the Buddy Program.

You are already enrolled in a higher semester at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Bachelor / Master / Teaching) and can therefore provide international students with information on questions and topics of everyday study. No special expertise is required. It is about support in everyday situations and, if necessary, referral to the right places.

You have some time and a lot of desire to show international students "your world". In addition to information about your own course of study, this may include leisure activities, social commitment, local and regional knowledge and language skills.

You are ready to lead a buddy group. (The group consists of you and international buddies. It is your decision how big the group should be (between two and five group members), which language is spoken in the group (German or English), whether the study program should be the selection criterion or other aspects are more important.

You want to develop your intercultural skills and broaden your own horizon; in conversations with international students, in participating in international events / in organizing the Buddy Program and in workshops.

You want to anchor your newly acquired intercultural competences in the curriculum.
This is possible in the workshops of the HoC accompanying programme. There you can acquire ETCs for key qualifications or teacher training MPK.

You want to get involved in social work and want to receive a certificate for it.
At the end of each semester, qualified certificates of participation are provided. Depending on the assignment, these range from a pure certificate of participation in the Buddy Program to a certificate for volunteer work in the organization or a certificate of social commitment.

I am an international first-year student interested in the Buddy Program.

You are enrolled in your first semester at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (Bachelor / Master) and are looking for support with questions and topics of everyday study. You are not looking for special expertise. It is about support in everyday situations and, if necessary, referral to the right places.

You will have some time and a lot of interest to exchange with local students. In addition to information about studying in your own country, this may include leisure activities, social commitment, local and regional knowledge and language skills.

You want to be assigned to a buddy group. (The group consists of a local buddy and international buddies. You can register preferences for the size of the group (between two and five group members), which language is spoken in the group (German or English), whether the study program should be the selection criterion or other aspects are more important.

You want to develop your intercultural skills; in conversations with local students, in participating in events / organizing the Buddy Program and in workshops.

You want to anchor your newly acquired intercultural competences in the curriculum.
This is possible in the workshops of the HoC accompanying programme. There you can acquire ETCs for key qualifications or teacher training MPK.

You want to get involved in social work and want to receive a certificate for it.
At the end of each semester, qualified certificates of participation are provided. Depending on the commitment of the program participants, these range from a pure certificate of participation in the Buddy Program to a certificate for voluntary work and social commitment.

 

Registration

If you have read the corresponding text and agree, the Buddy Program is made for you.

Now you can register via the registration form.
The Buddy Program team will contact you.

If you have any questions beforehand, please feel free to contact: buddy∂intl.kit.edu

Two different registration forms:

  1. For experienced KIT students in a higher semester
  2. For international students, new at KIT