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KARIBU means 'Welcome' in Swahili

Feel free to sign up! We are looking forward to welcoming you to KARIBU soon.

Christina Düring

Christina Düring

Hochschulreferat Internationale Angelegenheiten

  • Campus Südstadt
    Claudiusstraße 1
    50678 Köln
  • Room A1.55
  • Phone: +49 221-8275-2122

Karibu Logo (Image: Referat für Internationale Angelegenheiten)

KARIBU Buddy Program

KARIBU means 'Welcome' in Swahili. Are you from abroad and about to enroll at TH Köln? Or are you in Cologne already and would like to add an international touch to your life? If that is you, our KARIBU buddy program is just what you are looking for.

KARIBU helps create partnerships between students of TH Köln and international students who are about to begin their stay at our university.

Which advantages does KARIBU hold for international students? You…

  • will get to know students of TH Köln and benefit from their advice and support,
  • will receive vital information about your stay in Cologne even prior to your arrival,
  • will receive support when it comes to navigating your way around your campus and mastering every-day life at our university,
  • are welcome to participate in a number of diverse joint activities.

Which advantages does KARIBU hold for students of TH Köln? You…

  • will experience an intercultural and direct exchange with students from all around the globe,
  • can get in touch with students from our partner universities, providing you with the perfect way of preparing your own stay abroad,
  • will put to use your foreign languages and deepen your knowledge,
  • will be able to participate in events with an international flavor,
  • will receive a certificate proving your social commitment and voluntary work.

Registering for KARIBU:

You can sign up for KARIBU at any time during the year, but most partnerships are arranged for the winter semester between the end of August and the beginning of October and for the summer semester between the end of February and the beginning of April.

You are new at TH Köln and are looking for a Cologne Buddy?!

Registration as International Buddy

You are a student of TH Köln and would like to be a Cologne Buddy for an international student?!

Registration as Cologne Buddy

What happens after you have registered?

After a successful online registration you will receive a registration confirmation on the website. If this is not the case, please contact us:
The Karibu team will try to arrange an International Buddy or a Cologne Buddy based on the information you provide, such as your interests, language skills and study course. Please understand that the assigned buddy may not always match your wishes 100 %. When participating in the KARIBU program, we expect openness and tolerance towards other cultures, genders and ages.

You will also be included in our Karibu e-mail distribution list, which will provide you with regular information about events and dates.

Please note

Participating in the KARIBU program is free of charge. The requested personal information you provide is for internal use only and will not be disclosed to third parties.