An amicable get-together for people of all ages. Reminiscing about time at university. We promote international diversity.

(Hans-Jörn, host)



The ‘Foreigners become Friends’ program of Mainz Student Union creates contacts between the international students of JGU and locals from Mainz and the surrounding area. Are you a Gutenberg alumnus or alumna living locally or an employee of JGU and interested in finding out more about the wider world? Would you be willing to give international students some insights into your daily life? Would you like to work on your foreign language skills? Want to experience more in the company of interesting people? Then become a ‘Foreigners become Friends’ host!

You can give your foreign friends insight into daily German life and explore the city together, take excursions into the surroundings and simply come together in your private sphere. The students will be provided with a family-like basis in a foreign land and most importantly, are encouraged to speak German.

Volunteering is at the core of the program: The international students and their host friends decide when and how often they meet. Joint excursions are also made in larger groups, game and film evenings are also organized. The coordinators organize an international 'Stammtisch' once a month.

As a ‘Foreigners become Friends’ host you have no financial obligations toward 'your' students. The students pay for their studies, accommodation and recreational activities.

More than 100 Mainz ‘Foreigners become Friends’ hosts have already signed up. But we need more!

» Detailed information on the program