The pub-crawl is offered during the Orientation Week for international students to give the new international students the opportunity to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. That evening the students will be shown at least two pubs or cocktail bars where they can discover the off-campus nightlife.
During the Orientation Week of the International Office, the Student Buddy Programme organizes a city rallye for new international students. The students are split into groups of mixed nationalities that are then assigned different tasks to be solved together in the city centre (e.g. at the main station, in the university, at the bank and post-office etc.). In this competition both, the correct answers and the time spent, are assessed. This event offers a good opportunity to get to know each other and important spots and places of the city before the semester starts.
It goes without saying that every group has the chance to win little prizes!
The Welcome Dinner is the big "final" of the Orientation Week. The Student Buddy Programme arranges a big dinner where the students all bring typical food and dishes from their home country. After having eaten in a relaxed and nice atmosphere, there is always the first big party where international and German students get the chance to dance the night away together.
The bonfires at Walpurgis Night are celebrated in Germany 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 "Arthurs" at Kassberg. There are many interesting things to see, e.g. live music, various opportunities to do handicrafts, buy drinks and special food, see fortune tellers and many more.
"Backe Backe Kuchen, das Kochduell hat gerufen!"
For the big Cooking Competition the international 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 with the ingredients from the bag. Later, a jury will judge about the different dishes and of course, the winner teams can win some prizes!
As the highlight of the evening, the prepared dishes are - of course - eaten together.
In the summer (mid-July), the International Office offers together with the Student Buddy Programme 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 and a nice chat with other students from all around the world.
What would German Christmas be without a Santa Claus and a Christmas Tree?
The Student Buddy Programme together with the "Club der Kulturen" organizes a diversified Christmas programme each year. This involves a relaxed Christmas party with a small and diverse programme where students can perform Christmas songs from their home countries and several other surprises are offered.
In a relaxed and calm atmosphere, typically German, delicious gingerbread, Stollen (fruit loaf eaten at Christmas) and "Glühwein" are provided to enjoy a typical Christmas Evening in the German manner.