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Brother-Sister-Program for International Students


"This mentoring-program is dramatically helpful to me! It made my stay in Bielefeld perfect."

- a Chinese student

"The Brother-Sister-Program contributed to my well-being at the university and in Bielefeld. Simply being able to talk to someone when I needed help was very convenient."

- a Czech student

You can watch more Podcast's here: Brother-Sister Podcasts


The Brother-Sister-Program was founded at Bielefeld University in the Wintersemester of 1998/99. It was based on the idea of an Egyptian student who had experienced the difficulties of studying abroad. He wanted to develop a program which offers a one-on-one mentoring to international students. Next to the valueable experiences and great fun, studying abroad also brings along many challenges. Whoever has experienced this can most certainly agree: language barriers can lead to insecurity, and everything takes more time to do - gathering and understanding information, organizing one's studies, simple every day tasks and meeting new people. In other words: you might have trouble finding a flat or a job, taking notes during class, understanding the library system etc.. And when you're insecure, it can also be quite an effort to talk to strangers and make new friends - i.e. to simply feel at home. The Brother-Sister-Program wants to support international students by finding a mentor who will help meet all these challenges.

Having a mentor means:

  • you'll meet experienced students
  • you'll know someone who will show you around town and around the campus
  • you'll have someone to ask questions to about your studies or the university
  • you'll be given information on where the post office, the municipality, a good physician, the nearst bank or the best pub in town is
  • you'll know where you can go when you get homesick or are bored
  • you'll be able to practice your German

Why register?

When you leave your home country to study abroad, you don't only leave friends and family behind, but you also have to face new challenges. The Brother-Sister-Program aims to give you support while you are getting settled at the University by giving you a mentor. A mentor is another student from Bielefeld University who will support you during your first semester and might even be able to give you advice before your arrival.

Who can register?

Every student who has been admitted to study at Bielefeld University, is taking part in a language course, or is doing an internship in Bielefeld (including assistant teachers at schools).

How can one register?

You can simply register online or stop by at our offices in D0-138 (non-degree students) and H0-19 (degree students).

Register online!

Does the registration cost anything?

No, registration and participation are free of charge!

You are not looking for a mentor but would like to become a mentor?
Then THIS is the right place for you!


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