Big Sister - Mentoring and Networking

About Big Sister

Big Sister is a program for female students with migration background or from abroad at TU Darmstadt and provides them with different events to connect and network. In meeting other women and exchanging views and experiences, tips and tricks for studying and living in Darmstadt can be passed on. Different topics and needs are addressed via regular group meetings and networking events, e.g. relevant study- and career-tips, ideas for leisure time and living in Darmstadt, or preparing together for exams and getting to know different learning techniques.

Upcoming events

Friday, 25 November, 5 – 6:30 p.m.: Kick-Off-Event – Official start of the mentoring

Friday, 16 December, 4 p.m.: Group Meeting – Christmas Market Visit

Friday, 20 January, 4 p.m.: Group Meeting

A registration via E-Mail to in advance is requested. New network participants and interested people are welcome to join at any time!

Information: Planned offline events are subject to cancellation due to changing Corona regulations. Usually a digital event is offered as an alternative.

Application form – Currently no application for mentoring possible anymore

Since the launch of the Big Sister program in 2013, a total of over 300 female students from 27 study programs have taken part.

All female students of the TU Darmstadt can participate. Particularly welcome are female students from abroad and with a migration history, as well as female students from the field of STEM studies (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology).

Big Sister Mentoring:

Big Sister Mentoring is aimed at female students with a migration history, as well as from abroad. In an exchange with a mentor in a group or one-to-one setting, concerns and problems are discussed in a protected environment.

Big Sister Networking:

All female students of the TU Darmstadt are invited to join the regular group meetings to inform and exchange information about topics relevant to their studies and to network with other participants. In addition, many relevant aspects of studying and living in Darmstadt are issued.

A special highlight is the Networking Evening, where former mentors report on their everyday work and thus pass on important experiences on the topic of working in Germany and give the participants the opportunity to network.

All events are held in German and English.

You can apply as a mentor if you would like to support a maximum of 3 mentees in a small group on topics related to studying and life in Germany and be part of a women's network. All female students of the TU Darmstadt from the 5th semester onwards can become a mentor.

Principally, anyone who is looking for support on the topics of living and studying in Germany can apply to be a mentee. Big Sister is primarily aimed at female students with a migration background or from abroad. It doesn't matter which degree program you are studying or which semester you are in.

Unfortunately, no. This is often due to the fact that some departments are more strongly represented, while other departments are less so, and the search for mentors/mentees is not always successful as a result.

First, fill out the application form on this page. The application deadline for mentoring in the winter semester 2022/23 is October 23, 2022.

You will then receive a message and choose a date for a meeting to get to know each other. The interview serves to establish your wishes and needs and supports the matching process. The more precisely you already know what motivates you to participate in mentoring, the more precisely the mentor/mentee can be matched.

After all the introductory talks have been held, the mentoring teams are formed. As soon as a suitable team has been found, the applicants are notified.

On November 25, the mentoring for the winter semester 2022/2023 will start with the kick-off event.

Yes, you can participate in the network meetings and events at any time, even if you are not a mentee or mentor yourself. If you would like to participate in the program, please contact us at the following e-mail address .

Mentoring officially starts on November 25, 2022 and ends with the closing event on June 30, 2023. Of course, contact can be maintained even after the end of the program run, if desired.

It is recommended that teams meet at least 1 time per month for at least 1.5 hours.

You can participate as often as you like. Some former mentees also participate later as mentors.

Yes, all mentoring participants receive a certificate of participation upon completion of mentoring. A prerequisite for this is regular participation in the group meetings and in the mentoring.

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