Further information
contact information

International Relations Office/
International Students Office
Seminarstrasse 2
69117 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 6221 54-5454

All contacts at a glance


Services and events of the International Relations Office

Orientation Days
Buddy Programme
Workshops and tutorials
Theatre and concert
Homestay Programme

Orientation Days for new international students

Every semester the International Relations Office offers an orientation programme especially for incoming international students.

The Orientation Days for the 2019-20 winter semester will be held from October 8 until October 10, 2019. Click here for more information.



Excursion schedule (English)

Registration: Hans Eugen Schauppel / Tatjana Poletajew


Buddy Programme

The International Relations Office of Heidelberg University, in cooperation with various departments, offers a Buddy Programme designed to help international students adjust to every aspect of their new life as a student in Heidelberg. International students who participate are assigned a personal “buddy” (another student from Heidelberg) to lend a helping hand.

Click here for more information on the participating departments, eligibility, and any other details.


Workshops and tutorials

Every semester, the International Relations Office offers workshops and tutorials designed to support international students in their student life in Heidelberg. There are courses on intercultural competence as well as the basic reading, writing and presentation skills your university coursework require. Click here for further information.


Theatre workshop IDeFix

Theatre workshop IDeFix - Training of communicative and rhetorical skills for University and professional life via the medium of theatre

Led by: Joachim Bürkert

IDeFix is the name of the theatre group of the Institut für Deutsch als Fremdsprachenphilologie (IDF) and the International Relations Office. We want to encourage all students interested in the theatre to take the stage. We believe that acting is one of the most spirited, joy-filled and effective ways to learn German and experience the language in all its facets.

At the end of this summer term we want to celebrate our 25th Anniversary with several performances. They will take place at the "Romanischer Keller".


Saturday, 13 July 2019, 8 pm
Sunday, 14 July 2019, 8 pm
Monday, 15 July 2019, 8 pm
Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 8 pm
Thursday, 18 July 2019, 8 pm
Friday, 19 July 2019, 8 pm
Saturday, 20 July 2019, 8 pm
Sunday, 21 July 2019, 4 pm



 HD Konzert


The International Relations Office invites all international guests and students to a classical piano concert.

Yi-Yu Chen will be playing the grand piano.



13th May, 8 pm


University’s Great Hall (Aula der Alten Universität)


Admission is free. Instead of an entrance fee we kindly ask you for a small donation for the support of Obdach e.V.Heidelberg.



 Homestay Programme


The Heidelberg University International Relations Office wants to give international students the opportunity to find out more about German Christmas and New Year's traditions. International students will be able to spend the holidays with a German host family, experiencing first-hand how these holidays are celebrated in Germany.

Whether for a festive meal, a pleasant afternoon enjoying Christmas cookies, or an invitation for the entire holiday week, the time that international students share with their hosts is a culturally-enriching experience for everyone.

Who Can Become Hosts?

Hosts are not limited just to traditional family units: singles, couples, single-parent families, and/or groups of flatmates living in Heidelberg or the surrounding area - from students to senior citizens - can serve as hosts. All that is required is a sense of curiosity, openness, and a willingness to include the guest in family life for the duration of the visit.

Sounds interesting? For those interested in becoming hosts, more information can be found here.

Who Are the Guests?

The programme is aimed at international students enrolled at Heidelberg University who are eager to meet new people and learn more about - and experience - German culture.

Sounds interesting? For those interested in becoming guests, more information can be found here.


Homestays Througout Germany

The organisation Experiment e.V. arranges two-week homestays for international students during the semester breaks. For more information, click here.


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