Fakultät Informatik

MINGA - International Student Mentoring Program

TUM Informatics welcomes over 200 exchange students and international degree students from all over the world each semester. To help students feel at home as soon as they arrive in Munich (in bavarian: MINGA), the mentoring program MINGA (Mentors for International & Guest Students from Abroad) matches international students with current TUM students, providing the chance to connect with a peer who can answer questions and offer assistance.

A Win-Win situation - What is the program about?

Mentors will not only help international students with practical matters such as registering for courses but they can also show them the beautiful beer gardens in Munich, take them to a sports match, or accompany them on a scenic hike. A mentor’s function is not to serve as full-time support, but to ease the international student's transition to life at TUM and to provide advice and assistance during the semester if necessary.

The advantages for mentors are obvious: You can extend your international network, polish up your foreign language skills and gain intercultural competences. A MINGA mentorship can be a good preparation for a later stay abroad.

MINGA Event Program during semester
In summer semester 2017, we also host a variety of events for MINGA mentors and mentees. All current MINGA Matches are welcome. Please find the schedule  here.

Any further questions?
More information about the MINGA Mentoring Program is available via our  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

MINGA Registration

We “match” mentors and new international students in July (and in September) for the coming winter semester and in December (and in March) for the subsequent summer semester. The MINGA program will connect each mentor with a new student via email before the new semester begins. From that moment on, we strongly recommend to start communicating and then make plans to meet or plan future activities.

The registration for mentoring international students starting in fall 2017 is open from Thu June 29 until Mon July 17 (10am). (Call extended - we are actively looking for more mentors!)

Important: To join the program, you always apply for the semester the current call is about - applications from past semesters are not considered (this applies to both mentees and mentors)! So everyone has to apply again for the up-coming semester.

Update: the application period for winter semester 17 is over.


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