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Intergenerational and Cross-Cultural Mentoring Project

Mentoring Program for Senior Citizen Students and International Students

This program arranges mentoring relationships between senior students and students from all over the world (TU Dort­mund and FH Dort­mund), who come to Dort­mund for their studies.

This mentoring makes it easier for in­ter­na­tio­nal students to settle into German culture and everyday life, while at the same time the German mentors not only gain an insight into other cultures through the exchange, but can also experience their own culture from a completely new perspective. For all participants - in addition to the weekly meetings - joint events and excursions regularly offer a great opportunity to get to know each other. 

The mentoring program is a project of Faculty 12, Education, Psychology and Sociology, degree program Continuing Education for Senior Citizens, in cooperation with the International Office of TU Dort­mund University and the International Office of the FH Dort­mund University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

On these pages you can find out how to become a mentor yourself or how to find a mentor, which activities are planned and how to contact us. Our project flyer also offers a compact overview (bilingual document).

We look forward to meeting you!

Information for Senior Citizen Students – Become a Mentor Yourself!

The mentoring program is a cooperation project between TU Dort­mund University and the FH Dort­mund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, in which senior students take over mentoring tasks to support the settling and integration of interested in­ter­na­tio­nal students.

In sum, almost 50,000 students are enrolled at TU Dort­mund University and the FH Dort­mund University of Applied Sciences and Arts - not only from Germany, but from more than 100 countries. For in­ter­na­tio­nal students, studying in Germany often means settling into a new and foreign culture. To facilitate the integration of foreign students, the mentoring program was devised by committed senior students in 2008.

For this program we are constantly looking for new mentors who are willing to take care of one or more foreign students, help them to settle in our city and get more familiar with the German way of life.

For the mentors, the program offers the chance to establish exciting contacts with young people, learn more about other cultures and thus gain a different perspective on their own German way of life. Helping the students with written university assignments or letters of application is frequently very welcome as well. With the help of this mentoring program, the in­ter­na­tio­nal students should gain further insight into German everyday life and improve their language skills through the vivid contact with native speakers.

The fun of getting to know each other and the common experience are in the focus of interest! As a mentor, you have no pre-determined duties, but can individually arrange activities and shape the time pattern of the partnership according to your wishes. You do not need to have any foreign language skills, since one of the main goals is to give in­ter­na­tio­nal students additional opportunity to communicate in German. As the students do not only stay in Germany for one or two semesters, but most often for their entire studies, we hope for long-term commitment with regular contact.

If you have time and motivation to become part of a mentoring relationship, please do not hesitate to contact us – e.g. via e-mail or by telephone (see below), or feel free to come directly to one of our meetings:

When: Every Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (not during the semester break)

Where:  International Meeting Center (IBZ), Emil-Figge-Str. 59, North Campus, seminar room 1 (on the far left).

After you have filled out the registration form, we will consult closely with you before putting you in touch with one or two foreign students - e.g. during joint activities.

We appreciate your interest!

Information for International Students – Find a Mentor!

You are an in­ter­na­tio­nal student and would like to get more in touch with Germans or German families - even outside the campus? Would you like to speak more with native speakers to improve your language skills?

The mentoring program was initiated by senior citizen students of TU Dort­mund University. It offers the opportunity to get to know a mentor from Dort­mund and the region and thus learn more about German culture and everyday life. As a student you will not live together with your mentor, but you will get to know the social life in Germany better through joint activities. You will regularly meet on Thursdays at our joint meetings, take part in various activities and can also meet individually with your mentor to exchange ideas and get to know each other's culture. Support in written university assignments or with letters of application is also possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact us – e.g. via e-mail or by telephone or just come directly to our meetings in person:

When: Every Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (not during the semester break)

Where: International Meeting Center (IBZ), Emil-Figge-Str. 59, North Campus, seminar room 1 (on the far left).

After you have filled out the registration form, we will consult closely with you before putting you in touch with a potential mentor - e.g. during joint activities.

We appreciate your interest!

Contact

Consultation hours / regular meetings:

When: Every Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (not during the semester break)

Where: International Meeting Center (IBZ), Emil-Figge-Str. 59, North Campus, seminar room 1 (on the far left).

Contact

Reinhard Schmidt
Tel.: 0163 420 1437
E-Mail: patenschaftsprogramm@gmx.de

Contact person in the International Office of TU Dort­mund University

Wasila Al-Dubai and Jenny Nguyen
Social Counseling for International Students

Contact person in the International Office of the FH Dort­mund University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Sandra Bolesch
Information, social counseling and support for in­ter­na­tio­nal Master’s students

Calendar

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

 

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

 

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

 

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

 

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Site Map of TU Dort­mund University (Second Page in English)