STIBET II – „Start up your Career in Germany“

Project Background

Within the framework of the scholarship and support programme STIBET II of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the International Relations Office in cooperation with the Career Centre of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg would like to support international students of the BTU in their integration into the labour market and society with the model project for the improvement of the welcome culture. The project "Start up your Career in Germany" with its differentiated counselling concept is aimed at all international students in all study phases - newly enrolled students, students in the final phase of their studies, as well as graduates, receive support and guidance tailored to their needs.

We see two important pillars for the acquisition of skills necessary for a successful entry into the labour market. These are (A) 'Career Service' and (B) 'Voluntary work and social networking'. While in the course of the project to date (2015-2017) the focus has been on the 'Career Service' pillar and a strategic integration of the International Relations Office and Career Center areas has been implemented, in the follow-up project (2018-2020) the focus is on the 'Voluntary work and social networking' pillar.

Project Objectives

The aim of the project is to familiarise international students with the German labour market and to prepare them for the application process. Those international students who wish to remain in Germany after completing their studies should be optimally prepared for this upcoming step.

This results in the following project objectives: 

Strategic objective 1: Support international students in entering their social and cultural environment (WELCOME)

Strategic objective 2: Ensuring the success of studies through social networking, promotion of communication skills, and support in the organisation of studies (IMMERSION)

Strategic objective 3: To introduce international students to the possibility of career entry and careers in Germany (CAREER)

Strategic objective 4: Providing a competence spectrum for the promotion of lead culture (INTEGRATION)

The project is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office