Intercultural preparation for your semester abroad

For those who would like to gain intercultural experience before their stay abroad or would like to get involved in the intercultural field after their own experience abroad, there are a number of programmes available.

In addition, students who are unable to spend time abroad also have the opportunity to improve their language skills and intercultural competence through various intercultural programmes.

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Buddy Programme

The Buddy Programme provides international degree-seeking and exchange students with help for settling-in from the start: Experienced local students of the University of Erfurt - the so-called buddies - help international students on their arrival, show them around the campus and the city, introduce them to new people and support them with questions and problems.


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Swap Shop

The Swap Shop is a sustainable exchange service shop for household items and other useful things. The offer is aimed for international students who come from abroad to study in Erfurt and need household items such as pots, dishes, towels, etc.. These can be borrowed (depending on availability) from the Swap Shop. At the end of the study stay, the items should ideally be returned.

Of course, all other students and employees of the university can also support the project by dropping off household items, cutlery, glasses, towels, etc. that they no longer need themselves to the Swap Shop. Please make an appointment!
Where? The Swap Shop is located in the basement of building LG 2, room 3b (-112)

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University group International Campus Erfurt

The university group International Campus Erfurt (ICE) was created in the winter semester of 2013. It is committed, on the one hand, to increase the engagement of international students in socio-cultural activities and, on the other hand, to the internationalization of campus life. ICE works in cooperation with the International Office.​​​​​​​


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Learning languages as a team

The Tandem Programme (learning languages as a team) is carried out by the Language Centre. A tandem consists of two people who support each other in language learning. Learning in tandem is a form of open learning in which native speaker of two different languages work together to teach each other the other language. The meetings and the topics are arranged freely and according to their particular interests. The focus is on the intercultural exchange and the practice of both languages.

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Café International

At Café International students can experience a journey around the world . Every week, students can get to know different cultures, meet new people, watch interesting presentations and share their own experiences, taste typical dishes or participate in traditional dances.

The Café International programme is organized by tutors from Erfurt's universities - the University of Erfurt and the University of Applied Sciences. Students are always welcome to actively participate in a country evening!

When: During the lecture period every Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Where: Café Hörsaal 7 (administration building, university campus). | Instagram


University group AEGEE

The AEGEE university group at the University of Erfurt is part of the Europe-wide AEGEE network (Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l'Europe/ European Students' Forum), which promotes the interests of Europe's youth and encourages them to grow together. AEGEE meets every Monday 8pm at the Kreativtankstelle (Veilchenstraße 32). Instagram


Other university groups at the University of Erfurt