Mentoring Programme (MDSS)
The Mentoring Programme is a programme started to support new international students. It is aimed at helping new semester students by assigning a mentor to them. The mentors are international students of Distributed Software Systems Master programme, in higher semesters. The mentors will help you with your problems/issues and also regarding administrative formalities or study related questions you might face before/after coming to Germany, during the enrollment process at the university and afterwards. This is a programme where students help students.
The registration for the Mentoring Programme starts in February for the summer term and for the winter term in August. After receiving your admission from the university, please register via our online form, to receive support from one of our mentors. Please note that studying at TU Darmstadt may be very different from the studies that you are familiar with at your home university. For this reason, the mentors should help and guide you towards successful studies at TU Darmstadt. Furthermore, after the first semester, a talk that reflects your first semester will be given. The slides are already available here and may guide you towards what to be expected from studying at TU Darmstadt.
New international students will receive support from our mentors in two main phases during their first semester of studies in the Distributed Software Systems Master programme:
1. Before the Lecture Period
After new international students have been admitted, an email correspondence should be set between the mentors and the new students. During this time the support is mostly focused on issues regarding visa application, finding an accommodation, documents preparation, the transportation system in Germany etc.
Picking up the new students at the airport is optional, not mandatory from the mentors side. But, however, they should give good instruction how to reach the university/accommodation.
Assistance with the administrative formalities in the first week of arrival for the new students. The mentors are expected to organise small groups of mentees that arrive during the same week, 2 or 3 students, and accompany them during the registration period.
Preparation for the semester start
General information regarding the program structure, time management, consultation regarding the courses offered each semester, the CP system in TU Darmstadt and grades, etc.
2. During the Lecture Period
Mentors will offer more course-related support in order to help the students performance during their first semester of studies. The students are required to choose a mentor who shares the same interest for the course of studies. In this way, it is expected that both mentors and mentees choose almost the same courses during the semester, which eases their collaboration during the semester. Every mentor can divide his/her own group of around 20 students, into smaller study groups of 4-5 students each. Every week, the mentor is expected to spend 1 hour with each of his/her study groups of students for discussing lecture, solving exercises etc.