During the orientation week of the
International Office, the Student Buddy Programme organizes a city rally for
new exchange students. The students are split into groups of mixed nationalities
that are then assigned different tasks to be solved together in the city center
(e.g. at the railway station, university, bank, post-office and so forth).
In this competition both the correct answers and the time spent are assessed.
It goes without saying that every group will be given little prizes. This event
offers a good opportunity to get to know each other better before the semester
The bar-hopping is mostly offered
during the Language and Culture Course to give students the early opportunity
to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. That evening the students
will be shown two pubs and cocktail bars where they can discover the off-campus
„Backe Backe Kuchen,
das Kochduell hat gerufen!“
This event is organized mutually by the Student Buddy Programme. The students
are divided into groups and given a big bag containing a mix of ingredients.
Within one hour three courses (starter, main course, dessert) have to be prepared.
As the highlight of the evening, the prepared dishes are eaten together.
The bonfires at Walpurgis Night
are celebrated in whole Germany celebrated in the night from April 30 to May
1. A big fire symbolizes the farewell of winter and the arrival of spring.
The Student Buddy Programme provides reduced tickets for the big Walpurgis
Night’s celebration at the „Arthur“. There are many interesting
things to see, e.g. live music, various opportunities to do handicrafts, free
face painting, fortune tellers and many more.
The Welcome Party rounds off the
orientation week. The Student Buddy Programme arranges a big party with a lot
of little surprises for all new exchange students and for those interested
in the Club of Cultures. Moreover, the prizes of the City Rally are distributed
and drinks and snacks are served.
The Student Buddy Programme
together with the Club of Cultures organizes a diversified Christmas program.
This also involves a Christmas song contest where students can perform Christmas
songs from their home countries which are then rated according to the level
of applause from the audience. What would Christmas be without a tree and Santa
Claus? This is provided just like delicious gingerbread, stollen (fruit loaf
eaten at Christmas) and mulled wine.
In the summer (mid-July), the
International offers together with the Student Buddy Programme organizes a
big open air barbecue where all foreign and German students are cordially invited.
Come and sit together enjoying the tasty barbecue, fresh fruit and vegetables.