Local ERASMUS Initiative (LEI)
The Local ERASMUS Initiative Konstanz (LEI Konstanz) is a group of students who bring local and international students together by organizing events and excursions. The group not only welcomes former and current Erasmus+ students, but it invites all international students to participate. Events such as baking cookies before Christmas, a lantern evening in the autumn, pub gatherings, parties and city tours are a permanent part of the LEI programme. The LEI advertises its events on mailing lists and in a Facebook group. You can find further information on the webpage of LEI Konstanz.
Learn a foreign language in a tandem. This is a service offered to students and staff members by the Language Institute of the University of Konstanz.
The principle is simple: Two students or staff members that are learning each other’s native language meet regularly and communicate on a rotating basis in both languages (2 hours per week, 1 hour for each language, for example). Here, the principle of reciprocity applies: Both ‘give’ and ‘receive’ in equal fashion.
Learning a foreign language in a tandem does not cost anything and combines learning and real communication - whatever the topic or language, both partners will profit from this mutual experience. This experience is also not just about language - it is also about intercultural learning. Both will gain new perspectives into the culture and life of the other. Meeting as a tandem may provide intensive individual learning, or it may also be used to complement a language course when homework or classwork need to be completed.
STUBE Baden Württemberg - development-oriented education programme
Look beyond your own nose! For students from Asia, Africa and Latin America studying in Baden-Württemberg, STUBE provides a seminar programme about current development-oriented education topics. Independent of what you study, STUBE supports internships abroad. Female students (also with children) are especially invited to take part in the programme.
Rent an American - the USA as a guest in German classrooms
Rent an American is a programme for US-American students. It arranges visits by US-American students to classrooms at German schools. Through this programme, students can meet teachers and pupils to familiarize themselves with new perspectives and to learn about life and education in Germany. Not only will you learn something new, but you will also widen the horizons of your hosts.
You get to decide which invitations you want to accept and which topics you want to address. You will not function as an official speaker. Instead, you will act as an “ambassador in sneakers”. You can cover such topics as your home city, music, sports, politics, personal experiences, family history or historical events. You will be able to bring new perspectives into German classrooms.
Do you like drinking coffee or tea? To free yourself of wanderlust or homesickness? Because it’s been a while since you heard Hola, Salut, Merhaba, Hi, Goede Morgen, Mirë Dita, Debry Den or Ni Hao? Then come visit us at the Language Café.
You can join us for a coffee, a bite to eat and a conversation in different languages.
Voluntary translators in Landkreis Konstanz
Do you speak German and have another mother tongue? Have you lived in another culture and do you feel integrated in Germany? The service of voluntary translators of Landkreis Konstanz offers translation and intercultural support to people who find communication with German offices difficult to manage. Become a translator yourself and make use of your own intercultural knowledge.
To study successfully does not mean you should only hang out in the library. Experiencing your surroundings and the Lake Constance region enhances your successful study experience in Konstanz. This will bring diversion and variation into your routine and provides the opportunity to take part in group activities.
Excursions are organised every semester. We visit historical destinations in the region, natural spectacles as well as political and research institutions. Sport and leisure activities are also offered.
The excursions are organised by the Local ERASMUS Initiative Konstanz (LEI), the International Bodensee Hochschule (IBH) and the International Office.
All excursions are available for international students at the University of Konstanz.
Germans students are welcome!
Student university groups
Culture on campus and student council
supported by the "Welcome" Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funding of the Federal Ministery of Education and Research (BMBF)