The International Office

The International Office (I.O.) of the University of Paderborn is supporting you as an exchange student as well as Paderborn students who aim to go abroad in any possible way, but mainly in terms of organizational and academic questions. We cooperate closely with the IO and receive financial support.

This is the official webpage of the IO:

The Peer Buddy Program


  • …want to meet students from all over the world?
  • …are interested in other cultures?
  • …want to improve your language skills?

…then register yourself for the peer buddy program of the International Office!

The peer buddy program is about supporting an exchange student when they arrive in Paderborn. The program starts one month before the lecture period, namely, in september for the winter term, and march for the summer term. When registering you can make a comment whether you speak a certain language or are interested in any particular country in order to be matched with a future exchange student. The point of the peer buddy program is to facilitate the first days or weeks in Paderborn of your buddy and support them when it comes to official matters or the German bureaucracy. Besides, it is your choice whether you want to stay in touch with your buddy during the semester. Seize the opportunity to get to know more international students and their cultures, and practice your language skills! Further information can be found here:

In case of further questions, contact Ms Heike Stiller in the IO. She coordinates the peer buddy program.

The Tandem Program

If you want to practice your language skills with a native speaker, register yourself for the tandem program at the Center for Language Studies (ZfS)! You meet your tandem partner for 3-4 hours per week and speak in both German and your target language. There is even the opportunity to receive credit points for successful participation.
Are you interested?

Contact Ms Ilka Dönhoff who is the coordinator of the tandem program:

Or have a look at the webpage of the Center for Language Studies (ZfS):