Gruppe internationaler Studierender vor Gebäude
Gruppe internationaler Studierender vor Gebäude

FAQs about the Welcome-Buddy-Program

Get a Welcome Buddy!

The start of a semester abroad or beginning of your studies is a very exciting time. There are many new things to discover and organize. Our student assistants will help you with the bureaucratic formalities and by organize cultural activities. These assistants supervise several exchange students at the same time but only one Welcome Buddy will be assigned to you, she or he will integrate you into the social life in Flensburg. Welcome buddies are all student volunteers, so it is up to you how often, and where you meet.

Your Buddy can support you in the following ways:

  • Orientation at the university: What actually is the Zimt? How do I register with Moodle? Where can I get the best coffee? What can I do when I have time off between classes?
  • General help with settling in Flensburg: going out, shopping (weekly markets, flea markets etc.), where can I get a cheap bike, recommended doctors ?
  •  Contact persons for other questions or problems.
  •  Help with language problems (as not all people in Germany speak English)

The first personal meeting is scheduled to take place during the orientation week for the incoming students organized by the International Center. If your Welcome Buddy does not have time then, another meeting can be arranged.

In the fall semester 2022/23 the first meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

The matches are made based on the filled registration forms you are sending. This means that field of study, interests and other similarities between you will be taken into consideration.

If things don't work out between you and your Buddy, please inform us by e-mail: buddy-PleaseRemoveIncludingDashes-@uni-flensburg.de.
If desired and still possible, we will refer you to another Buddy.

Send an e-mail to buddy-PleaseRemoveIncludingDashes-@uni-flensburg.de. If the questions cannot be answered by e-mail, we will make an appointment with you.

Be a Welcome Buddy!

As a Welcome Buddy you accompany an "Incoming Student", or new "International Student" during his/her semester abroad or start of the studies at the EUF. How this accompaniment works is up to you. Grabbing a coffee, doing sports together, helping with language problems, taking part in International Center events together are some of the many possibilities. How much you integrate your Buddy into your private life is up to you, but you should plan to spend two or three hours per week during the semester with your Buddy. You are not responsible for finding accommodation or dealing with the authorities, but should help with social integration.

You can help your Buddy for example with the following:

  • Orientation at the university: What actually is the Zimt? How do I register with Moodle? Where can I get the best coffee? What can I do when I have time off between classes?
  • General help with settling in Flensburg: going out, shopping (weekly markets, flea markets etc.), where can I get a cheap bike, recommended doctors ?
  • Contact persons for other questions or problems.
  • Help with language problems (as not all people in Germany speak English)

Buddy programs often develop into friendships for life.

Both German and International Students can become a Welcome Buddy. You should have studied at least two semesters at EUF, be interested in interculturalism, enjoy getting to know people and be sociable. Good language skills in English are desirable, as most Incoming Students do not speak German. Other languages are an advantage. Please indicate other languages you speak on the application form.

Interest in the culture of your buddy is quite natural and also desired. Please note, however, that the task of the Welcome Buddies is to make the start here in Flensburg easier for the incoming and international students and to introduce them to the German culture and language. It is not about you getting to know the language and culture of your buddy. In that case please register for the language tandem.

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 during the orientation week for the incoming students organized by the International Center. In the fall semester 2022/23 the first meeting will be held on Tuesday, September, 6, 2022.

If you don't have time then, you can of course arrange another meeting.

During the semester, further Buddy meetings will be organized.

The Incoming Students will arrive on September 1 and 2, 2022. On these days, our student assistants will help them. You should be available from September 6, 2022.

The international students may arrive earlier.

The matches are made based on the filled registration forms you are sending. This means that field of study, interests and other similarities between you will be taken into consideration.

If things don't work out between you and your Buddy, please inform us by e-mail: buddy-PleaseRemoveIncludingDashes-@uni-flensburg.de.
If desired and still possible, we will refer you to another Buddy.

The Welcome Buddy program promotes cultural exchange between students from Flensburg and exchange students. As a Welcome Buddy you get to know students from other countries, gain insight into another culture and broaden your horizon. At the same time you can show your own culture to your Buddy and even develop a friendship for life.

If you are planning a longer stay abroad, your work as a Welcome Buddy will help you to prepare for it.

Of course, you can also note this commitment in your resume: Welcome Buddies who would like to receive a confirmation of their intercultural engagement at the end of the semester can contact the Welcome Buddy - Coordination: buddy-PleaseRemoveIncludingDashes-@uni-flensburg.de. Prerequisite for the issuance of the confirmation is that one has participated in all official Welcome Buddy meetings and in a short survey about the experiences as a Buddy.

EUF students who have successfully participated in the Welcome Buddy program will receive a certificate upon request. The requirements are to have attended all Welcome Buddy meetings and to have completed a survey. For the issuance please contact the Welcome Buddy - Coordination: buddy-PleaseRemoveIncludingDashes-@uni-flensburg.de towards the end of the semester.

Welcome Buddy meetings will be held on the following dates during the Fall 2022/23 semester:

Welcome Breakfast: Tuesday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m., in-person

Mid-Semester Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m., online via Webex

End-Semester Meeting: Friday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m., in-person.

Attendance at the meetings are mandatory for EUF students who wish to receive a certificate. In exceptional cases, a substitute performance can be provided.

Send an e-mail to buddy-PleaseRemoveIncludingDashes-@uni-flensburg.de. If the questions cannot be answered by e-mail, we will make an appointment with you.