mensaInternational is the Studierendenwerk's intercultural menu concept, permanently including a variety of cross-cultural dishes in the Studierendenwerk's menu. This concept aims at reducing the culinary homesickness of international students and providing diversity on the plate.
International students and/or students with migration background have provided the recipes. The cooking of the dishes was tested in the dining hall kitchens under the expert guidance of the students.
In general, the focus is on authentic preparation of the dishes. By means of tastings, this authenticity is continuously critically evaluated by international students and revised in the cafeteria kitchens.
The menu concept includes dishes from the following countries:
Cookbook ”So is(s)t die Welt“ ("This is what the world is like when eating”)
In addition to dishes of this special menu concept, the cookbook "So is(s)t die Welt" also summarizes some impressions about the wonderful intercultural experience made during the development of the international menu. The cookbook is available at Uni-Shop der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena.
Accompanying film on the development of the cross-cultural menu
The Studierendenwerk Thüringen was awarded the following prizes for the development of the cross-cultural menu concept:
- The S&F Group's Sponsorship Award for Innovative Catering Management (2017)
- Award of the Federal Foreign Office for excellent support of foreign students in Germany (2018)