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 2018, we also host a variety of events for MINGA mentors and mentees. All current MINGA Matches are welcome. Schedule is TBA. 

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

MINGA Registration

MINGA program will connect each mentor with a new student via email before the new semester begins. 

We 'match' mentors and mentees in July and September for the coming winter semester and December and March for the following summer semester.

The deadline for the first call for applications for the summer semester of 2018 is Tuesday, January 16th, 2018.

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.

Apply as a MINGA mentor!

Apply as a MINGA mentor!

MINGA is a great opportunity for students who volunteer to be mentors! Mentors will make international contacts and friends, practice their foreign language skills, and gain valuable cross-cultural communication skills.

At the end of your mentorship, we can gladly provide you with a certificate of your engagement. Please fill out this form and send it to  minga-mentoring@in.tum.de.

If you would like to become a mentor for one or two new students, apply now via our  online application! (Deadline for 1st call of applications: Tue, January 16, 2018)

Within the next few weeks, you will receive an email notifying you when your mentorship role will begin. We “match” mentors and new international students in July for the coming winter semester and in January for the subsequent summer semester. We sometimes also need more mentors during the semester.
The MINGA program relies on the active support of students in the Informatics department.

Sign up as a MINGA mentee!

Sign up as a MINGA mentee!

Usually the mentoring starts via email contact before your arrival. In order for this mentoring to be successful, both, mentee and mentor, have to do their bits. Don't wait for your mentor to contact you. Take the initiative and write her/him with your questions about TUM and Munich.

Upon your arrival in Munich you can meet for a coffee and get to know each other in person. Your mentor will be interested in your country, your way of life, your university and your studies. You can meet to cook dishes from your hometown, exchange ideas and experiences, discover new modes of life or learn a new language.

When being in Munich invite her/him for a meeting or ask her/him to go hiking with you. There are several places to discover in and around Munich. You are very sportive and are looking for a football group to join? Perhaps your mentor just knows the right place to go. You love to sing? Take your mentor to one of the bars that offer a karaoke. Be creative!

To sign up for this program, please fill out our  online registration. (Deadline for 1st call of applications: Tue, January 16, 2018)
We are looking forward to having you at our university!


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