The intercultural Buddy Program module is targeted towards all TU Berlin students interested in mentoring an international exchange student during their stay at TU Berlin. It encompasses practical aspects such as settling in at TU Berlin and the city as well as opportunities for language and cultural exchange or sharing experiences.
In addition the volunteer component, module participants reflect on their interactions with their buddy through written exercises and organize cultural and social events for all buddies and other interested students.
The module encompasses 3 ECTS and is a continuation of our volunteer Buddy Program. In order to take this seminar, you must participate in the volunteer Buddy Program and successfully complete the Intercultural Basic Qualification module. This module is offered at the start of the lecture period each semester generally in mid-march and mid-September.
Buddy is another word for friend. In the program, we match a TU Berlin student with an exchange student (incoming student). They are each other's buddy.
If you are an international exchange student and would like support from a buddy when you arrive at TU Berlin, make a note of this in your application for study abroad at TU Berlin. After your application is processed, the Buddy Program coordinators will assign you a buddy.
To register for the module, please complete the Buddy Program registration form. Be sure to also check the box “Zusätzliche Anmeldung zum Buddy-Modul.” All registered students will receive an invitation to an ISIS module at the start of the semester.
We will usually accept registrations for summer semester until mid-March and for winter semester until mid-September. Please note that the number of participants is limited, first come first serve. After registration has closed, all students will receive an email and might be asked to prove they fulfill the admission requirements. To register for the module examination, contact the relevant examination team in the Examination Office.
The service learning module begins with an orientation event for TU buddies, providing a general introduction to the program. This is followed by a kick-off event, where all the buddies meet each other. During the semester, the buddy pairs arrange individual meetings.
The TU buddies guide the international exchange students throughout their stay at the University. They assist with any questions about studying at TU Berlin, settling in at the University, and integrating into social life. The international buddies share their culture and insights about Germany with the TU students.
Participation in the regular meetings (Stammtische) and selected social events as well as intercultural commitment (e.g. participation in info events, International Week, Welcome Week, etc.) is mandatory.
Students complete an e-portfolio during their participation in the Buddy Program. This consists of
Parts of the e-portfolio will be read and evaluated by at least two other participants.
A final event for all buddies is held at the end of the semester.
You can complete the Buddy module as part of the "Fachübergreifendes Studium" component and earn 3 credit points.
You must take the Intercultural Basic Qualification module or submit proof of equivalent knowledge and skills which is then approved by the Department of International Affairs, Student Mobility and International Students (INT SB).
The module is open to all TU Berlin students.
After successful completion of the elective module, you will,
The module is completed with an ungraded portfolio assessment in the form of a e-portfolio which includes:
Each assessment component is worth 100 points. The number of points you earn for each component are multiplied by its weighting factor, added together, and then divided by the sum of weighting factors. The result shows the total number of points achieved in the module examination.
You must earn at least 50 points total to pass the module. The module is graded on a pass/fail basis. A grade is not assigned.
|Meetings with your buddy||15 weeks x 2h||30h|
|Participation in social events, regular meetings||6h|
|Intercultural commitment (e.g. participation in info events, International Week, Welcome Week, etc.)||6.5h|
|Preparation of semester meetings||3 x 1h||3h|
|Semester meetings (3 meetings)||3 x 2h||6h|
|Documentation of buddy meetings (e-portfolio)||15 weeks x 0.5h||7.5h|
|Written reflection for selected questions about participation in the program (e-portfolio)||3 exercises x 5h||15h|
|Qualified written feedback about other students' reflections (e-portfolio)||10h|