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Buddy Programme

The Buddy Programme will open again in December 2021 for the second semester.

Via this page you can either apply for a buddy (1) or register for becoming a buddy (2)

NEW STUDENTS (1)

For international students that are new in Groningen:

Would you like to already know someone in Groningen before your arrival? Would you like to learn a bit more about The Netherlands and Groningen? Would you like to have someone who can help you with your questions during your time in Groningen?

Having a buddy is a nice way to get in touch with students who can introduce you to (student) life in Groningen. Your buddy can give you some tips on how to get to Groningen, what places you need to go to in the city to do groceries, or anything else that you would like to know! Of course, they can also help you with all the other questions that might arise prior to or during your stay in Groningen!

Please note that buddies are volunteers and please only apply for a buddy when you are sure that you would like one. After we have received your application we will do our best to link you to a buddy with who you will get in touch through email prior to your arrival in Groningen, so keep an eye on your email. It might take some time before you get matched, so please take that into consideration.

If you have any questions about the buddy programme, do not hesitate to send an email to bic@esn-groningen.nl. If you cannot open the sign-up form in your country or browser, please also send us an email and we’ll help you out.

 

LOCAL STUDENTS (2)

For students who want to offer their help to newly-arrived international students in Groningen:

Would you like to meet new people in Groningen? Would you like to see more of Groningen’s international side?

Becoming a buddy is a great way to meet new people while helping out incoming international students! As a buddy, you can help out international students who are excited to make new friends and to discover student life in Groningen.

Going to a different country is exciting, but can sometimes also be confusing and overwhelming. Many international students have questions about how to get from Schiphol to their new house, how to get around the city or university and where to play sports. Besides all the practical matters most international students are also very interested in getting to know the student life of Groningen. As a buddy you are of course the perfect person to guide them to the best events, cafés, restaurants and bars!

After we have received your application you will be linked to an international student and we will get in touch with your through email,  so keep an eye on your email. It might take some time before you get matched, so please take that into consideration.

If you have any questions about the buddy programme, do not hesitate to send an email to bic@esn-groningen.nl.