FAMOS Connect

Mentoring / Qualification / Networking



FAMOS Connect supports international first-semester students of all degree courses who are completing the entire course of their studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. We achieve this by providing comprehensive mentoring, qualification workshops, academic trainings and networking. The aim of the programme is to prepare students optimally for the start of their studies and to ensure their fast and successful integration into their courses of studies.



In FAMOS Connect, each participating international first-semester student will be connected with two mentors.

Student Mentors

offer support regarding:
  • Orientation at the HU
  • Organization of the course of studies
  • Bureaucratic tasks
  • Finding accommodation and part-time jobs

Academic Mentors

offer support regarding:
  • Questions related to the course of studies
  • Planning the progress of the studies
  • Intercultural misunderstandings during the course of studies



FAMOS Connect offers many qualification workshops through our study preparation weeks (Check-in Weeks) before the start of the semester and additional workshops during the semester.

For international first-semester we offer the following workshops:

Check-in Weeks

  • Workshop: Study-specific German Language Courses in Scientific Fields
  • Workshop: German Language (B2) and Academic German Culture
  • Workshop: How to Prepare and Give Presentations
  • Workshop: Job Application Training
  • Campus Rally: Guided Campus Tours and Information Desks (e.g. AGNES, Moodle…)

Qualification Workshops

  • Workshop: Academic Writing
  • Workshop: Giving Academic Presentations
  • Tutorials (e.g. Getting started with CITAVI or LaTeX).


For student mentors we offer the following workshops:

  • Preparation for Mentoring
  • Intercultural Advising
  • Intercultural Training
  • As well as a supervision consultation hour throughout the whole semester.

Not only do our student mentors have fun, they also gather intercultural experiences, participate in qualification workshops and take part in our cultural events. For their participation, student mentors receive a certificate verifying their voluntary commitment. This commitment can also count towards ZERTIKO (Certificate for Intercultural Competence).



FAMOS Connect regularly organises cultural events to connect all of the programme participants:

  • Excursions and guided tours
  • International "Länderabende" (featured-country evenings)
  • Visits to exhibitions or theatres
  • Halloween or Christmas parties


More information about FAMOS Connect...



Please note that all events and workshops are offered in German language only. Spaces are limited! More information...

FAMOS Connect is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service and is free of charge for students.


Angela Kalisz & Merlinda Dalipi

- Coordination -

International Office
Office Address: Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 7

10117 Berlin

Phone: + 49 30 2093-46 139
email: famos-connect@hu-berlin.de