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Information for Mentees

Your first semester at university can be exciting and challenging all at the same time. You will realize that studying is not just about attending courses and taking exams, it also involves a lot of planning and organizing to make sure that you get ahead in your studies. The Mentoring@WU program will help you master the various aspects that studying at university involves, and make sure you get off to a good start.

The program is open to first-year students at the very beginning of their studies, and to more advanced students who have lost momentum in their studies or who would like to continue their degree after a break. As a mentee, you will benefit from your mentor’s experiences, and will quickly learn how best to juggle all the tasks and responsibilities of student life. Your mentor will help you with a number of things and answer any questions you may have about your German-taught bachelor's program (BaWISO or BaWIRE).

  • You will participate in weekly mentoring sessions with your mentor and the other mentees in your group.

  • You will prepare a semester schedule with the help of your mentor and discuss study-related topics.

  • You will meet other mentees, make new friends, and form study groups to prepare for exams.

  • You will get helpful advice and tips on how to study effectively.

  • You will also participate in study-related or social events open to mentees from all mentoring groups.

Attending regular mentoring sessions with your mentor and other mentees will help you improve your communicative and social skills, and create useful social networks.

What You Need to Become a Mentee:

  • You need to be willing and eager to participate in regular mentoring sessions and in the other mandatory events of the program throughout the semester. The program starts with a mandatory kick-off event held before or right after the beginning of the semester (see below for date). During this kick-off you will meet your mentor and the mentees of your group for the first time, and learn important facts and details about the program. 

  • Mentees need fluent German skills (German as a native language or as a fluent second language).

  • The Mentoring@WU program is open to students of a German-taught bachelor's program (BaWISO or BaWIRE) only.

Application for the 2019/20 Winter Semester

  • Application period for the 2019/20 winter semester:
    July 8, 2019 (02:00 pm) – September 11, 2019 (11:59 pm)

  • Online application:
    Click here to apply online

  • Selection criteria:
    Formal criteria: The program is open to students in a German-taught bachelor's program (BaWISO or BaWIRE) only.
    Other criteria: We will select mentees based on their written motivation in the online application. A clear and well thought-out motivation will increase your chances of being accepted into the program. (Your school or university grades, on the other hand, are not important). Your motivation must be written in German. Applications in any other language will not be accepted.

  • Results of the selection process:
    We will notify you approximately one week after the application deadline to let you know whether you have been accepted. We will send you an email to your WU email account (h+student ID check your WU email account regularly after the application deadline for the program!

  • Mandatory semester kick-off event:
    The Mentoring@WU kick-off event will be on September 24, 2019 (06:00 pm). This event is mandatory if you have been accepted as a mentee and would like to stay in the program.

  • Duration of the program:
    Mentees may participate in the Mentoring@WU program for up to two semesters.


You have to participate in regular mentoring sessions and other mandatory events throughout the semester in order to keep your place in the program. Please consider this before applying for the program.

What Do Mentees Say About the Mentoring@WU Program?


"The Mentoring@WU program was a great opportunity to get personal guidance and support at a university of this size. Your first year at university can be hard, and I greatly benefited from my mentor’s knowledge and tips, and I also got a lot of help from the other mentees in my group. My fellow mentees were really supportive and have made studying much easier."

Li Na Gao

"The Mentoring@WU program makes the transition to university life so much easier. I quickly made new friends, was involved in interesting and fun discussions, and the social network of mentees may also prove useful for my future career. My mentor’s shared experiences have been very helpful. I am very glad that there is a mentoring program, as I have already benefited so much from it during my first semester."

Andreas Walleter

"I highly recommend the Mentoring@WU program to any first-year student at WU! It really helps you get off to a good start, as you get support and detailed information on study-related things you simply cannot afford to miss! In the mentoring sessions, my mentor and fellow mentees were always happy to help, which I found very motivating. It was a lot of fun, and I made new friends. I am very glad to be part of this program, and I hope the program will be around for many more years."

Pavleta Dzermanova

"New city, new apartment, new people – far away from my family and familiar surroundings. I am sure that a lot of WU students are in the same situation at the outset of their studies. It is not always easy to make the right decisions and to plan and organize everything on your own. The Mentoring@WU program was extremely helpful during the first few weeks of my studies, not just with regard to planning my studies and getting support from my mentor, answering all my questions and explaining things to me. The program also helped me get to know new people with similar interests, who have since become good friends."

Julia Gschwendner

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