Each year, many students from all over the world come to Bielefeld University to study. The International Mentoring Programme aims to support them adjust to their new living and studying environment by providing them with a native mentor, or an international mentor who has been here for some time. The mentors then assist their mentees to their questions and concerns. If you want to sign up as a mentor please note that a high-level of german is beneficial if not essential to help new arriving international students.
you acquire interpersonal and intercultural skills
you can establish connections for your own studies abroad
you will receive a certification for your commitments as a mentor
The amount of time you commit depends mostly on you: as much as you can and want to commit! There's no set rule on a minimal amount of hours you must commit per week. However, since experience has taught us that regularity is reasonable, the International Mentoring Programme team expects a regular personal contact with your mentee..
After you register as a mentor at the International Mentoring Programme, we do our best to find a mentee for you. Of course we try to take into consideration your wishes regarding e.g. the home country or native language of your mentee, but aren't always able to fulfill these wishes. We mostly take into account that the mentee studies the same subject(s) as you do, or at least is at the same faculty.
Whoever is solely interested in language exchange should contact the ISR:
You don't want to become a mentor
but are looking for a mentor?
Then THIS is the right place for you!