Become a Buddy
Do you enjoy meeting people? ✓
Are you interested in other cultures? ✓
The internship abroad is planned, but at the moment there is no time for it because of your studies and work? ✓
Your foreign language skills are rusty or you want to learn new languages? ✓
Ticked off everything? Welcome to the Buddy Programme at Anhalt University. Our buddies accompany newly arrived, international students on their start in Germany.
I was a buddy for the last two years and I have not only made new friends but also got to know my new home Köthen very well!Esmaeil, Student of Biomedical Technology
What is the Buddy program?
Anyone who has ever been abroad knows how difficult the fresh start in a foreign country can be. In order to help our international students, the International Office of the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences has launched the Buddy programme. Every student of our University can become a buddy and has the opportunity to get to know other cultures, improve their own language skills and make long-term friendships with interesting people from all over the world. The program is voluntary, but can be rewarded with certificates and credit points.
How does the participation benefit me?
As a buddy, you simply get an exclusive insight into another culture and thus broaden your own horizons. Your English language skills have become rusty since graduation or a French exam is coming up soon? As a buddy, you can playfully improve your foreign language skills.
Meeting nice and interesting people from all over the world is also a great bonus.
Do I get a certificate or credits?
As a buddy you are volunteering. After successful participation, all buddies get a German and English language certificate, which can be very important, especially for their own applications.
Bachelor students also have the option of receiving credit points via the "Studium Generale" module, but this must be clarified with the examination board of the respective department.
What are my responsibilites as a buddy?
The buddy program takes place in small groups, each buddy takes care of one or two international students. Before the actual arrival, contact should be made to help with the arrival, the search for accommodation or the arrival at the place of study. Upon arrival, you will be with your buddy on their first steps, assisting with visits to the authorities or showing him or her important locations.
Of course, the social component should not be neglected, have fun together, improve your language skills or travel together, the sky is the limit!
How much time do I need to be a buddy?
As a buddy one is very flexible, the work depends on the personal arrangement among each other. Usually you will have to invest a little more time at the beginning, but then this decreases.
The supervision effort can be quite different and depends on the students themselves. Many students may be afraid to go to the foreign office alone when another person needs help only at the beginning.
As a guideline, you should plan two to four SWS for the buddy work, sometimes more, sometimes less.
What kind of language skills do I need?
You do not need Swahili, Japanese or Icelandic. Russian, French or Spanish ... can be an advantage. But only good English skills are really necessary to talk to international students.
By the way: Despite all support for living and studying in Germany, no buddy has to be available as a 24/7 interpreter!
Will I be prepared for being a buddy?
Of course. Training sessions are held twice a year to prepare for the tasks with short training sessions and with the help of experienced buddies. Each buddy receives a buddy guidebook for each university location. This little, indispensable booklet not only contains tips and tricks for the buddy couple, but also an official guide to the city.
And the checklist on which you can check off the most important points? You will get it for free from us.
Who can help me with problems?
For questions or problems, buddies and interested parties can contact the Buddy Coordinator at the International Office. The contact details are at the top right corner.