Frequently Asked Questions

What do I get out of participating in the project "Strangers become Friends"?

The project "Strangers become Friends" helps you to establish contact with people outside of the University or University of Applied Sciences campus and to become accustomed to life in Erfurt more quickly. Your host person or family will show you around the city and can help you with errands, doctors' appointments, or problems you may have. They invite you into their homes so that you can experience German life and culture firsthand, such as by celebrating Easter or Christmas or by taking part in a hobby together. You can go to the theater or cinema, play sports, take excursions, or cook together. Finally, your German will of course improve every time you practice it with your host(s).

How can I sign up for the project as a student?

1. On the internet with our online registration form:
2. Fill out a form at an informational meeting at the beginning of the semester. You can also sign up for the project at a later date.

Where else can I find the registration form?

The registration forms can be picked up from many places at the University and University of Applied Sciences, such as near the International Office of the University and the International Department of the University of Applied Sciences.

Will I find the right partner or partner family?

Both the German partners and the foreign students may indicate their preferences. The project coordinator does her best to consider these and particularly takes similar interests and languages into account when making placements.

How will I meet my partner or partner family?

The initial contact usually takes place via e-mail. Your German partner will write to you first. The students and locals meet each other - at the latest - at the Welcome Evening in November or April. How often will we get together? There are no rules about this, and it is left entirely up to the participants. In our experience, the students and partners get together one to three times per month - depending on how well they get along with each other, how interested they are in getting together, and how much time they have.

What happens if we don't get along? Will I be matched up with someone else?

The project coordinator will help you solve the problem and, if you wish, to find a new partner or partner family.

I don't speak any German / My German isn't very good. How will I communicate?

Often, students can speak to their partners in a third language such as English, Spanish, or Russian in such cases. English is a particularly widely spoken language.

What else do I need to know?

A partnership should be beneficial to everyone involved. The people of Erfurt would like to learn about your home country and perhaps practice their foreign language skills. So be open and take the initiative to suggest an activity yourself.