Follow-up material on intercultural issues

The SIK communicates

The Servicepoint for Intercultural Competence (SIK) produces regular publications to support and illustrate the intercultural work of Germany’s Studentenwerke.

 Illustrated hall-of-residence dictionary

What is a “gelber Sack” in English and what is the correct way to separate rubbish? The hall-of-residence dictionary answers these and other questions for international students and provides information on the ins and outs of living in German halls of residence in order to avoid misunderstandings in everyday life in this type of student accommodation.

Illustrations and translations in eight languages help understand many different topics. Eleven illustrated chapters provide the necessary vocabulary for topics such as arriving, furnishings, rights and duties as flatmates, kitchen equipment, saving energy and living together.

The useful dictionary was first published in Bielefeld in August 2010. Residents and hall-of-residence managers and caretakers have contributed to the project. In response to the high demand for the dictionary, Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW) published a nationwide edition in 2011.

The dictionaries are available in four different editions and cost EUR 0.50 each. They can be ordered from the DSW on account.