Big Sister - Mentoring und Networking

Big Sister is a mentoring program for female students with a migration background and from abroad that are currently in the first semesters of their Bachelor and Masters studies. Big Sister offers the chance to get to know other female students and exchange tips and tricks with an experienced mentor. In this way, the participants get an easier start into their studies and at TU Darmstadt. The regular group meetings and workshops invite to further expand networks and improve skills.

Target Group

Invited are female students from all study fields of TU Darmstadt. Especially welcome are students from STEM fields (= science, technology, engineering and mathematics), as very few women study in these fields and at the same time many have an intercultural background.


  • Female students (mentees) are accompanied on an individual basis over a period of nine months by a female advanced student or doctoral student (mentor).
  • They gain support in all matters concerning the organisation of their studies as well as an easier introduction to the university structures.
  • At the start of the project, mentees and mentors are given an introduction on the effective shaping of the mentoring relationship.


  • Regular group meetings
  • Exchanging of experiences and networking
  • Networking evening with working women from science and business


  • Various workshops on reflection and the development of intercultural skills
  • Support for applications for scholarships, internships and part-time work


As a mentee: Female first-year students (first semester of bachelor & master) with a background of migration or from abroad.

As a mentor: Female students (at least 5 subject-related semesters) or female doctoral students.

The next round of applications will be open in October 2019. Please apply via e-mail to .

Contact person

Do you have any questions about the programme or application? Please contact the Big Sister project coordinator Frauke Eckl.