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International Mentoring Course IMCourse

In the summer semester 2024, the International Office and the Language Center offer an International Mentoring Course that aims to bring together both international and local students for a joint experience of intercultural exchange and collaboration.

This course brings together local students and exchange students to experience intercultural diversity and develop an understanding of different intercultural perspectives. Local students will learn how to be a mentor for international students. They support their international classmates adapting to life in Osnabrück. Exchange students have the opportunity to meet local students, thus making first-hand experiences of academic culture in Germany. Together, the participants discuss and reflect on intercultural similarities and differences based on selected topics, such as food culture, work culture and dealing with conflicts. Results and findings are recorded in a portfolio, which will be presented at the end of the course. The course is supplemented by an intercultural training provided by tutors from the Institute of Psychology, which stretches over several sessions.


Stefan Serwe, Language Center: 0541 969 4086

Anna-Julia Toll, International Office: 0541 969 4106

What to expect:

  • 2 ECTS
  • Weekly meetings
  • Intensive exchange and cooperation with "your" mentoring group

Why participate?

  • Meet both local and international students
  • A chance to experience intercultural exchange and collaboration in action
  • If you are a German student: Learn how to mentor international students
  • If you are an international student: Experience first-hand what student life and culture at a German university and city is about
  • Get exciting insights from real professionals about working in multicultural teams in Germany and abroad

What we offer:

  • Supervision and intercultural trainings
  • Guidance on self-reflection
  • Collaborative work
  • Introduction to the concept of mentoring