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Intercultural Mentoring

What is it?

The Intercultural Mentoring (IKM) is a mentoring programme specifically for non-German students who are studying in their 1st or 2nd semester at UdK Berlin.

Small groups of new students (mentees) are assigned a qualified student mentor to help you at the beginning of your studies. They support you with social networking and language integration and offer regular joint activities.

For participation in the Intercultural Mentoring Programme, BA students receive 4 ECTS credits in the Studium Generale.

Seminars & Workshops

In the IKM programme you can choose from a range of seminars and workshops specially designed for international students, in which study skills, specialist language skills and intercultural competences are taught. Typically the following courses are offered:

  • Reading strategies and feedback techniques
  • Writing for academic purposes
  • Writing practice
  • Presentation techniques
  • Teamwork and project work
  • Mental health
  • Languages for special purposes: Music, Theatre & Performance Arts, Visual Arts, Design & Architecture
  • Introduction to intercultural communication
  • Intercultural training


Your first contact person for questions about the IKM programme and registration is:

Flóra Tálasi, head of the IKM programme: sgk_
phone: +49 (0)30 3185 2878

Why IKM?

This is what former mentees of the Intercultural Mentoring programme say:

"I would definitely recommend it. Without it, it would have taken me 5 years to understand how the university and life in Berlin works."

"Absolut zu empfehlen! Es war eine schöne Zeit und ich fühlte mich mehr mit der Uni verbunden."

"Die Mentoren sind sehr freundlich und hilfreich und ich habe da auch gute Freunde kennengelernt."

"Durch das Mentoring findet man gute Kontakte für den Start ins Studium. Das hilft einem auch psychologisch."

"Da hat man die Chance, alle möglichen Fragen zu stellen und viel auf Deutsch zu sprechen."


On YouTube you can watch a short video about the Intercultural Mentoring programme:


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