Visiting a school is a good chance to learn more about the German education system and to interact with teachers, school children and teenagers.
In subjects such as foreign languages, social studies, ethics, religion, geography or history it can be very enriching for a class to have a foreigner give some insider information about your particular culture, language or country. For the pupils, it will be exciting to meet somebody from abroad and practise their foreign language skills with you. You can also set up a project together. Your own ideas are very welcome! Come to the international office or send an e-mail to andrea.heissler@no spamhfwu.de if you want to know more.
Would you like to meet local people and be introduced into a German family? The host family program enables you to share some of your free time with German families. You will not live with them but meet for certain activities, such as having tea together, going for walks or on short excursions, visiting cultural events, having a language exchange… whatever both of you like to do. A great way to meet new people!
If you want to join this program, please fill out our registration form (see downloads below), sign it and send it back to andrea.heissler@no spamhfwu.de. Don’t forget to write a few words about yourself. You should also specify in which languages you can communicate. We will try to find a suitable host family for you as soon as possible.
Two important things: don’t expect your host family to pay for food or tickets if you go anywhere together – you are responsible to pay for yourself.
And the duration of the program is open: it depends on you and your family how often you choose to meet. There are no long-term obligations. The idea of “Join a Family” is to foster friendship between people from different countries and an open intercultural exchange. Join in!
The tandem program is extremely helpful if you want to practise your German. Your tandem partner is a German student or a citizen from Nuertingen who is interested in learning your mother tongue. That way, you can practise German with a native speaker and help your partner, at the same time, to learn your language.
The way you set up your tandem is open. You can sit down with books and study with your tandem partner, but you can also just go to a café and practise talking. The two of you decide this together. Of course, you can also just meet for free-time activities, watch movies together, give each other advice about travelling and sightseeing in your countries, and a lot more.
Although a tandem is usually based on a language exchange, it is also possible to arrange a one-way tandem. This happens when nobody can be found who wants to learn your language, or if you have no interest or need to learn German. Either way, the international office will try to find a suitable tandem partner for you as quickly as possible.
The tandem program is open for everybody, no matter what age or social background. Young, middle-aged or old people are all invited to take part. This way, it is an ideal chance for you to get to know people from various groups within society and to find out more about the people living here.
If you want to participate, please fill out the registration form (as provided under "Downloads), print and sign it and send it back to andrea.heissler@no spamhfwu.de Don’t forget to specify your language skills. If you have any special wishes, please let us know.
The cultural night program gives you the opportunity to introduce your country to other people.
Once a month, the international office and the ecumenical student community organised a cultural night together where international students talk about their home countries, cook typical local food, and answer questions. The audience usually consists of students from NGU Nuertingen-Geislingen University, but also people from town who have a special interest in your country. It is a fun night and we are always looking for internationals who are willing to contribute to this intercultural exchange! The last topic nights were on Mexico, Eastern Europe, Latin America and South Korea. Let it be your country next time!
PS: The talks can be held in English or in German, depending on your language skills.
Get in touch with andrea.heissler@no spamhfwu.de!
An internship is a good opportunity to learn more about the German working culture, to improve your professional skills and to make business contacts in Germany.
In order to go on an internship in Germany, however, you normally need at least conversation skills in German.
If you are interested in doing an internship, please pass by at the international office to talk to the internship coordinator Diana Lewinsky personally.