Student Mentoring Programme

A group of international students stand in front of a HTWK Leipzig building
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Three students have a chat while eating cake and drinking coffee
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Two students are talking together
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Three students look together into an atlas
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A mentor explains the traffic system of Leipzig with a map
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Eine Gruppe von Austauschstudierender steht vor einem Gebäude der HTWK Leipzig

The student mentoring programme supports international students with settling into the student community. HTWK students volunteer to assist international students during their first weeks in Leipzig.

What does a mentor do?

As a mentor you support an international student (mentee) und help them to settle in at HTWK and in Leipzig. This includes support during your mentee’s arrival, during the introduction course and in the beginning of the semester.

Are there any conditions?

As a future mentor you should be interested in meeting other people and getting to know a different culture and you should be present in Leipzig prior to the beginning of the lecturing period. But even at the beginning of the lecturing period you can still become a mentor.

What does the mentoring programme offer?

The mentoring programme offers the possibility to meet new friends and to get to know different cultures. You also have the opportunity to prepare for your own semester abroad by talking to students from our partner universities. Furthermore, you will get a training and a manual so that you can answer all of your mentee’s questions.

How can I register for the programme?

HTWK students can register via email internationales(at)htwk-leipzig.de or can drop by the International Office (Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 132, 1. Floor, G 110 – Geutebrück-Building) to fill out the registration form.

This is what our Mentors say about the Programme:

Béla Maaß: “I’m friends with my three mentees from Jordan and we’re still meeting regularly. After I finish my studies, I’m planning to travel to Jordan to visit them and to get to know the country and its people. There is no better way to meet new people and to make friends for life than the student mentoring programme.”

Johanna Sári: “I met international students and students from other faculties through the mentoring programme. I made new friends and am very grateful for that. With the help of a tandem programme, I am also improving my French language skills. It feels good to show the city to the mentees, to be of help to them, to party with them and to be a part of their exchange student experience. I wish there had been a mentoring programme like this during my study abroad.”

Philipp Reiher: “This is my second time volunteering for the student mentoring programme at HTWK Leipzig. The programme enabled me to gain diverse experience and make new friends. Together with other mentors, I supported a very likable group of Chinese exchange students with whom we shared a lot of great moments. Inspired by a whole new cultural insight, I applied for a semester abroad in China. I’m still in contact with my mentees who are looking forward to a meeting at their home university and who are helping me to solve some problems. I only regret not having done this sooner. I recommend the mentoring programme to all who want to add something special to their life and studies."