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Information for Mentors

Are you an advanced bachelor's student at WU (50 or more completed ECTS credits) and would like to pass on your experiences? Volunteer as a mentor and help younger bachelor’s students settle in at university and organize their studies.

As a mentor, you will be in charge of a small group of mentees, i.e., other bachelor’s students (mostly first-year students at the beginning of their studies). You will provide personal support and guidance to your mentees and answer their questions on studying at WU. In regular mentoring sessions (approximately eight per semester), you will meet up with your mentees to discuss study-related topics and help them plan their semester. Some of your mentees may have lost momentum in their studies and need some encouragement and tips on how to study effectively. You will also give your mentees a campus tour, show them the most important online tools, give them tips on how to plan their semester and on how to strategically approach their studies, and also offer some social events. Additionally, in cooperation with the other mentors in the program, you will help coordinate two events during the semester that are open to mentees from all mentoring groups.

How Will You Benefit from the Mentoring@WU Program?

  • By volunteering as a mentor, you will improve important skills such as advising others, and managing and leading groups. These skills will boost your career options.

  • You will gain confidence and improve self-esteem.

  • You will help others and make a difference.

  • You will receive a confirmation at the end of the program. With this confirmation, you have the option of earning 4 ECTS credits per academic year (i.e., 2 ECTS credits per semester) counting towards a free elective (provided that your curriculum includes free electives). Please note that, even if you volunteer as a mentor for more than two semesters, you can earn no more than a maximum of 4 ECTS credits.

  • You will be able to apply for a Social Skills Certificate, if you fulfil all necessary requirements for this certificate (e.g., being a mentor for at least two semesters, starting in the 2016/17 winter semester or later).

Program Structure

  • Kick-off event for all mentors and mentees

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During the kick-off event, we will present the program in detail for all mentees, and you will meet your group of mentees for the first time. After the official part is over, you will spend some time with your group of mentees, getting to know them better and possibly going to a café.

  • Regular mentoring sessions with your group of mentees (eight sessions per semester minimum)

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This is the most important part of your mentoring tasks. You will be responsible for a group of ten to fifteen mentees, and meet up with your group approximately eight times per semester.

At least half to two thirds of these meet-ups should focus on study-related topics (all relevant topics according to the needs/interests of mentees need to be discussed). Examples: creating a semester schedule, using the online course catalogue, registering for courses and exams via LPIS, doing a campus tour, explaining the academic program structure, sharing ideas on how to study effectively, CBK advising, studying abroad, SBWLs, etc.

The remaining meet-ups should be social gatherings to strengthen ties with and among mentees. Examples: having a picnic, touring an organization, playing an escape game, etc.

  • Two events per semester that are open to mentors and mentees from all mentoring groups

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Each semester, mentors (in teams) will coordinate and carry out two events, one of which is study-related (e.g., career workshop, study abroad fair, SBWL fair, etc.), and one of which is social (e.g., pub quiz, scavenger hunt, "Heuriger", guided tour, etc.). These events are open to all mentors and mentees, regardless of their mentoring groups.

Support for Mentors

  • introduction with the program manager

  • exclusive workshop on leading groups, managing teams and diversity with a professional trainer

  • regular meetings with the program manager and all mentors

  • coaching sessions with a professional coach

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To Become a Mentor You Need…

  • to be motivated and show initiative.

  • to be eager to support others.

  • to have completed a minimum of 50 ECTS credits in one of WU’s German-taught bachelor’s programs (WISO or WIRE) by the time you apply for Mentoring@WU

  • to make time for regular mentoring sessions with your mentees (eight per semester) and the mandatory program events*.

  • to be fluent in German (German as a native language or as a fluent second language).

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*Mandatory program events in the 2019/20 winter semester:

... Please refer to the German version of this page to view the dates and times of the mandatory program events.
(*Dates/times subject to change)

Application to Become a Mentor in the 2019/20 Winter Semester

  • Application period for the 2019/20 winter semester 
    May 6 (02:00 pm) - May 31, 2019 (11:59 pm)

  • Online application:
    Active bachelor’s students in a German-taught bachelor's program (WISO or WIRE), who fulfill the criteria (see above), are welcome to apply.
    Click here to apply online

  • Selection criteria:
    We will select suitable candidates based on the written motivation in their online application and on their grades. A clear and well thought-out motivation (How can you contribute to the program? What skills and experiences will make you a great mentor? What do you plan to do with your mentees? etc.), as well as good grades, will increase your chances of being accepted into the program. Your motivation must be written in German. Applications in English or any other language will not be accepted.

  • Interview:
    Based on the strength of your application, you may be invited for a personal interview. The interview will be held at WU in late June/early July (Please note that interviews via phone, Skype, etc. are not possible).

  • Results of the selection process:
    We will notify you by mid-July to let you know whether you have been accepted. We will send you an email to your WU email account (h+student ID number@wu.ac.at).

  • Mandatory introduction:
    Please refer to the section “Mandatory program events” above. The introduction, the workshop and the kick-off event will already be held in September and are mandatory for all mentors to keep their place in the program.

  • Program start:
    Introduction for mentors (September 17, 2019), workshop (September 18-19, 2019), and the kick-off event on September 24, 2019.

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What Do Mentors Say About the Mentoring@WU Program?

"I wanted to find out if advising and consulting others and leading groups is something I would like to pursue in the future. Mentoring a group of mentees turned out to be great fun. The Mentoring@WU program has helped me improve my leadership skills and increase my self-confidence."

Anna Schmutz

"Working independently when preparing and holding mentoring sessions was a huge plus. I was able to improve important skills (e.g., presenting in front of a group, scheduling meetings, and solving problems). My time as a mentor taught me a lot of things, I made new friends, and am happy that I was able to help other students, too. I am glad to be a mentor."

Marc Hennig

"The Mentoring@WU program was one of the most valuable and enriching programs during my time at university. I learned a lot about how groups function. The social insight I gained as a mentor perfectly complemented the theoretical aspects of my studies."

Akash Saini

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