Certificate and Training
By participating in the International Buddy Programme you can gain important intercultural experience (such as becoming acquainted with other cultures and possibly improving your foreign language skills). For your commitment you will receive a certificate of your voluntary participation in the THM programme. This document may be useful for you in the future, such as when applying for a job.
I) How can I get a certificate for participating in the programme?
A certificate will be issued at the end of the semester for "regular attendance", which means that the buddy has taken part in at least the following:
- an intercultural buddy training seminar (certificates issued by external sources valid for two years)
- an evaluation (every semester)
- three programme events (every semester)
II) “Intercultural Competence and Encounters” Buddy Module
You can earn three credit points (ECTS) for your degree course (optional module).
Requirements: Active participation as a buddy in the International Buddy Programme, attendance of selected events from the programme of events offered as well as a written report about your experience as a buddy (three to five pages)
Optional module: as part of the undergraduate course in Social Media Systems (Department of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Computer Science)
Languages: German and English
Workload: 90 hours, including 30 contact hours in class
III) Participation in an intercultural training seminar for THM staff members
Would you like to become involved with helping international students and students with a refugee background as a volunteer? You could really make a difference in helping these students get off to a good start with their university education. Would you like to get to know other cultures and possibly improve your foreign language skills?
THM's Buddy Programme also offers THM staff members the opportunity to take part in the programme.
Taking part in the International Buddy Programme can be counted as employee training. The requirements are completion of an employee training programme, intercultural training seminar and an evaluation.
For more information, contact:
Robin Clarissa Bastian, Programme Coordinator
Office hours at the Giessen campus: Mon. 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Office hours at the Friedberg campus: Wed. 12:30 - 2 p.m.