Social, cultural and sports activities in residential homes exist in many countries. Often the residents themselves are active as residence tutors.
The International Residence Advisors Symposium is arranged for the exchange of experiences and international cooperation, especially among the coordinators.
Topics of the symposia are the differences and similarities of student living in Germany, the USA, Mexico, France, Russia and other countries. And, of course, residence halls will be visited!

The International Residence Advisors Symposium was held in Karlsruhe, Germany, September 23-27, 2019. In addition to exchanging experiences, the tutors and coordinators from the participating countries had the opportunity to get to know each other better during an improv theater. The group also visited one of the dormitories of the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe. Two excursions to Strasbourg to the CROUS (Le Centre Régional des Œuvres Universitaires et Scolaires) and to the Studierendenwerk Heidelberg were also on the program. The participants were able to gather a wealth of impressions from the three institutions. They exchanged ideas not only with the employees from the Housing Department, but also with those from other departments.
On March 2, 2021, a digital meeting was held with a project team from Japan that focused on the pedagogical approach of the dorm tutoring programs and looked at life in student dorms. The meeting with the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe helped to gain insight into the higher education system in Germany as well as to get to know the work of the Studierendenwerke and the students from the dorm tutoring programs.

Participants from Japan were:
  • Yukiko Abe, Associate Professor, Osaka University
  • Yuki Mochizuki, Professor, Nihon University
  • Tomoko Higurashi, Associate Professor, Mejiro University
  • Shinichi Cho, Assistant Professor, Hiroshima University
  • Kiyoko Uematsu, Assistant Professor, Yokohama National University
  • Yasuko Kitazawa, Academic Affairs Officer, Reitaku University
  • Mizuno-Hayashi Takako, Deputy Manager, Tokyo University
  • Atsuko Kuronuma, Doctoral student, Tokyo University
As part of its partnership with Tec de Monterrey University, the International Student Center, together with Tec de Monterrey University's Residencias Tec department, hosted two online events for new residence hall tutors in Monterrey in 2020. The university system, the structures and services of the Student Union, as well as student life and the residence hall tutoring program were presented.
For ten years now, the German-Chinese Chefs Exchange between the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe and the Jiao Tong University from Shanghai has been taking place to strengthen internationalization.
In the ten years, other institutions have also participated in this exchange, such as the Studierendenwerke Freiburg and Frankfurt am Main from Germany, and Le Centre Régional des Œuvres Universitaires et Scolaires (CROUS) Strasbourg and Paris from France.
The trinational exchange is not only an enrichment for the employees of the institutions, but also for the students. Just as the German and international students in the Mensa on the Adenauerring are delighted with the food conjured up by Chinese cooks, the Chinese students in Shanghai look forward to a schnitzel or crêpe.