Below are the answers to some common questions about the mentor programme. If you can’t find an answer to your question, you are welcome to send us an email at

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I apply directly to become a HIntSS mentee?

    Unfortunately, it is not currently possible to apply directly to become a mentee.  Each semester, the Faculty provides us with details of incoming exchange and international full-degree students.  We then invite prospective mentees to apply to join the programme.

    For this reason, it is not usually possible to become a mentee after your first semester at the Faculty of Humanities.

  • Do I need to speak Danish to join the programme?

    No.  The programme’s primary language is English, as this is the common language spoken by a majority of our international students.  Some knowledge of Danish can be useful to our mentors, but it is certainly not a requirement.

    If you speak another language in addition to English, this would be considered a benefit, as you might be able to more easily engage with other members of the programme.

  • For how long can I be a member of the programme?

    Membership of HIntSS lasts for one semester.  Mentors are welcome to volunteer for longer, but will need to renew their commitment at the beginning of each semester.

  • Who can become a HIntSS mentor?

    Any student at the University of Copenhagen’s Faculty of Humanities is welcome to apply to become a mentor.  It is desireable that new mentors have been at the Faculty for at least one semester and have some familiarity with the city of Copenhagen.

  • Can I become a HIntSS mentor if I'm not from Copenhagen?

    Yes!  Those from outside Copenhagen often have a better idea of how confusing the city can be.  For this reason, international students, including former mentees, are always welcome to apply to become mentors.

  • Should new HIntSS mentors know a lot about the University of Copenhagen?

    Our new mentors don’t need to be experts.  Usually, our mentees ask practical questions, like where to shop or how to take the metro.  If your mentee has a question that neither you nor your co-mentor can answer, you’re always welcome to direct them to the QA Board.

    You are not expected to provide academic assistance to your mentees.

  • Do I have time to become a HIntSS mentor?

    Being a mentor is a very flexible commitment.  We don’t require that you volunteer for a minimum number of hours, but we usually ask that each mentor organise at least two events for their mentees during each semester.  These events can be as simple as meeting for coffee or walking through a park.  Even so, it’s a good idea to consider your time carefully; we understand that students can be very busy people.

  • Can I be a co-mentor to my friend?

    When recruiting mentors and forming the mentor groups, we will try to take into account any preferences that you express.  Usually, we are able to accomodate specific requests from friends to volunteer together.

  • Do I need prior experience to become a HIntSS mentor?

    No!  No prior experience is required to become a mentor, though it is useful if you are familiar with both the University and the city.

    Our mentors are provided with guidance from the Board.