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Graduate School Offenburg Senior Service

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The Region
Offenburg and Gengenbach are part of the South-West German state called Baden-Wuerttemberg and located in the three-country region of the Upper Rhine. This state also houses the famous Black Forest region, known for its beautiful mountainside villages, scenic train routes and most importantly its special culinary delights. The MBA is part of the business administration faculty with its campus in Gengenbach, about 10km away from the main campus.  The campus is a former Benedict Monastery from 15th century and is a main tourist attraction in the town. This charming town has lots to offer!

Graduate School Events and Excursions
The Graduate School offers excursions to companies, fairs, museums and other places of specific interest to international students. Offenburg is in the heart of Europe; a large variety of places, from historic to high-tech, from remote and romantic to avant-garde are accessible within a few hours’ drive or train ride. The Graduate School has organised trips to Venice, Paris, Berlin, Bremen and Munich and snow excursions to the Swiss Alps or Vosges mountains. More thrilling destinations are yet to be discovered!

The International Evenings promote communication between the many different cultures present on our campus. They help students knowing each other better in a frame of professionalism and mutual respect. During this event, Germans and internationals present their home country: daily life, landscape, traditions, history, art, culture, as well as facts about economy, future perspectives, technology and other important topics. Perhaps you could recite a unique story about your country or sing a traditional folk song. A dance in traditional costumes accompanied with delicacies typical of your country is also welcome.

Senior Service
Arriving in a new country is always difficult. Realizing this, in 2002 Offenburg University initiated a program to help students settle in their chosen place of study. The Senior Service is a cooperation between the University and the City of Offenburg and it fulfills a real need among students. The association works on a voluntary basis and is made up of retired citizens wanting to foster understanding between cultures. It organizes guided city tours and get-togethers to discuss topics of everyday life in Germany and particularly in the region.

You also get the chance to be invited at home or to attend cultural events such as classical concerts, theatre or opera. Members of the Senior Service may be able to assist you in developing soft skills that can play a role when you attend job interviews. Not to forget of course that practicing your German language skills while e.g. cooking together or exploring the Black Forest is a real advantage ensuring that you will indeed feel at home and integrate in the German way of life.

A great number of students has benefited from the Senior Service, sometimes establishing enduring friendships across generations and cultures. The city of Offenburg has recognized the importance of this program especially in view of a globalized economy. The former Lord Mayor of Offenburg, Edith Schreiner, is the official patron of the Senior Service. In 2005 the Senior Service project was awarded a respectable price for its volunteer commitment by the federal "Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement".

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