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Strengths-based Career Orientation and Civic Engagement for Local and International Students

You want to grow as a person, connect with your peers and make a difference in Freiburg‘s community? Then take part in our new modules!

Starting from summer semester 2021 Zentrum für Schlüsselqualifikationen offers two courses in English. and Service allow students to reflect on their strengths and job opportunities as well as to get engaged in one of Freiburg’s many NGOs.

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Strengths-based career orientation

In the strengths-based career orientation, you will reflect on and analyze your individual strengths and relate them to possible career options. The awareness, exploration and application of your individual strengths are deepened in peer advising groups and by getting contact to different fields of work and potential employers. The module is open for all international students.

This module offers you the opportunity and ample space to individually discover personal "skills" (strengths, ressources, talents, interest, values), i.e. what makes you you and where you are at your best. It opens up many opportunities to intentionally experience your personal qualities and to implement your own ideas and goals. This will provide you with important building blocks to successfully shape different areas and aspects of your life. The structured strengths training accompanies you in discovering and using your strengths in your own everyday life, as a student and in developing concrete career options. The practical experiences, exchange and feedback in peer groups and the built-up know-how form the foundation for using your personal strengths profile for current and future challenges in a sustainable way.

Disk overview

Becoming aware of your personal qualities and signature-strengths:

Introduction to working with the VIA Character Strengths Model based on the assumptions of Positive Psychology. Implementation of the self-assessment questionnaire VIA (Values in Action) on the first attendance date and joint interpretation of the results (individual strengths profile). First exercises to test one's own strengths, formation of peer groups.

Exploring and testing strengths:

Observation and reflection tasks in contexts related to everyday life, feedback exercises in peer groups.

Applying one's own strengths:

Possibilities of learning occasions in which one's own strengths can be specifically applied and further developed. Free choice of learning occasions related to studies, personal development or professional orientation, mastering challenges based on strengths.

Developing one's own strengths and sketching career options:

Use and reflection on strengths work methods to design medium-term plans, decision-making occasions, ideas, and goals.

Prerequisites & Assignments

This course is exclusively offered to international students.
Experiential, reflective and personal learning and development is the focus of this course. Therefore, as a participant, you should be willing and open to reflect yourself and your personal experience and engage in a dialogical process, i.e. give and receive personal feedback in peer groups.

Regular attendance at all course dates, self-reflection of your individual signature-strengths (VIA questionnaire), gaining experience in actively using them, participation in peer advising groups, keeping a learning portfolio.

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Find more information about DISK for local students in German language here. – Service
Engage. Connect. Reflect.

In Service you volunteer together with local and international peers while managing a real project in a non-governmental organization (NGO). In combination with reflection and academic input, you gain new knowledge and transcultural sensitivity. As international students you immerse in your host community; as local students you broaden your intercultural horizon – at home.

The module is open for all international and local students. In this module students break out of the university bubble and give back to the local community. The module brings international and local students together in an intercultural team. Together they volunteer and manage a real project in a political, social or ecological initiative in Freiburg.

Participating students actively contribute to important solutions for societal challenges, while expanding their networks by meeting both fellow students and experts of Freiburg’s community. This invites international students to immerse in their host community, while local students are able to broaden their intercultural horizon at home.

Combined with (self-)reflection and academic input, this experience inspires new knowledge and the evolvement of transcultural sensitivity, multi-perspectivity, cooperative skills and professional solution-finding.

Service is open for all students at the University of Freiburg. English is considered as common language and is used in teaching. Workshops and supervisory counselling within the module are also offered in German language. We aim to provide information and educational material in both languages.

Meeting new people from all over the world and giving back to the local community – sounds great to you?
Dive deeper and find out, how practical, theoretical and reflective parts merge in this module:

SL Overview

The practical part

As part of a diverse team students will be volunteering a minimum of 30 hours at one of the following civil society organizations from the fields Migration & Interculturality, Sustainability & Environment as well as Digitalization:

The projects range from creating editorial content for an intercultural magazine to organizing and advertizing educational events or a competition for young founders. You can also support a local self-organized radio show or help out in bike repair or language classes for migrants.

Students can choose their preferred partner organization based on their interest and the languages spoken in the organizations. For more details on the organizations, click on the links above.

Our German-language Service Learning also features a broad variety of projects. If you feel language-wise confident and don’t fancy an intercultural group experience as in, please feel invited to participate in the German Service Learning module.

The theoretical part

The teaching elements frame the practical experience and locate it in the broader context of civic engagement, diversity and social change. They will help students to grow reflective, professional and methodological skills.

The reflective part

Through self-guided reflection and supervisory counselling students reflect their identity and practice in relation to personal development, social skills and diversity.

The synthesis

For their final presentation the teams derive an abstract question from the practical, theoretical and reflective experiences and discuss it with fellow students in an interdisciplinary closing event. Individually, students look back to their personal learning process in a short reflective paper. 

Crediting and Recognition

Participation is possible for all students with and without the acquisition of ECTS credits. By participating in the module students can aquire 4 ECTS credits in the BOK area.

If this does not apply for you, we are happy to provide a certificate of your participation. This can be used e.g. for job applications in the future. Usually, civic engagement is considered as big plus in your CV.

Register here for the Kick Off Event on Friday, April 16, 9 to 14:00:

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Please find further information about the registration process here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact !


BMBF_gefördert vom_deutsch_klein.jpg Das Projekt wird im Rahmen des DAAD-Programms "Integra - Integration von Flüchtlingen ins Fachstudium" gefördert.