Whether it be helping to overcome language barriers, academic expectation, or even just being introduced to a new group of friends, your Erasmus Buddy is a great resource.
While you don’t "need" an Erasmus Buddy, having one can be invaluable. Not only will having an Erasmus Buddy help you to adjust to living in a new country, but they can lead to friendships lasting beyond your Erasmus stay.
The matches are made based on the filled registration forms you are sending. Mainly the local students’ host university / region / country for their semester abroad (= your home university / country), but also field of study, interests, and other similarities between you will be taken into consideration for that.
Both German and International Students can become an Erasmus Buddy, as long as they have spent at least a semester abroad. Moreover, you should have studied at least two semesters at EUF, be interested in interculturalism, enjoy getting to know people and be sociable. Speaking languages other than English are an advantage. Please indicate other languages you speak on the application form.
You should plan to be available for your Buddy about two to three hours per week per semester.
The first personal meeting will take place at the beginning of the semester. If you don't have time then, you can of course arrange another meeting.
Further buddy meetings will be organized during the semester.
The matches are made based on the students’ field of study and similar interests. Most importantly, the university/ home country of the incoming buddy and the destination of the buddy in Flensburg for his/ her Erasmus semester is the main factor to make the matches.
If there are no incoming students from the partner university or country you are planning to go to for your semester abroad, the matching will be made on basis of other similarities (field of study, interests, languages spoken).
To broaden your social group and create a connection with someone abroad who might help you when you find yourself in their country during your semester abroad. It is also an important and fulfilling role which can lead to a sense of accomplishment by helping out another incoming student during their stay in Flensburg.