One factor that will help you feel at home at the HTWG Konstanz is making some friends and acquaintances and getting off to a good start in your studies. This section shows you some ways to meet students both on and off campus, as well as getting some help with your studies:
1. Academic Advising Services
Let’s start with the basics. If you need some advising support to figure out what you want to really want to study, learn about the different programs offered on campus, changing your major, and improving study skills, get in touch with our Student Advising Center (ZSB)
2. Warming-Up Orientation Program
The Intercultural Center (IKZ) offers an orientation event for new students with an international touch (held in English and German / an introduction to intercultural topics). This is a one-day event for all first semester students (both domestic / German and international).
You learn about basic study skills, get advice from upper-semester students about how to get off to a good and relaxing start, and – best of all – get to know other first semester students!
Link to Warming Up page
3. Buddy Program
The Buddy Program, organized by the Intercultural Center (IKZ), is a learning partnership between you, the new international student, and a 2nd or 3rd year HTWG student. You, the new international student, are paired up with another student to help you navigate the campus and your new studies. Many students find this a big help in their first semester.
More information on the Buddy Program
4. Workshops to Help with your Studies
The Intercultural Center (IKZ) also offers a series of workshops – our Strong in Studies and Beyond (SSB) series – to help students gain better study skills. Take a look at our offerings this semester:
Link to Intercultural Center SSB courses
5. Tandem Learning Program
Sign up for our tandem learning program, where you take part in a language exchange with another student – you learn their native language, and they learn yours. It’s a fun way to learn (and teach) another language outside of the classroom.
More information on Tandem Learning
6. Café Mondial
Stop by at the Café Mondial, a real café / meeting place where you can meet other internationals, travelers, and locals in the city on Sunday afternoons (located at: Zum Hussenstein 12, in Konstanz).
Link to Café Mondial website
7. Fun Activities on Campus
How about some other activities that don’t (directly) have to do with your studies. Things like acting in a play, playing in a Big Band, going to concerts together, or even having your own radio show. The HTWG offers these so-called extracurricular activities and more. Check out the offerings here:
Link to HTWG extracurricular activities (in german)