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Buddy Programme

The Buddy Programme is a multicultural community engaging hundreds of international and domestic students. The programme offers the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of social activities, and to explore Swedish traditions.

Film: The Buddy Programme
The Buddy Programme

Buddies are students at Umeå University who volunteer to introduce you to the Swedish way of life. As a participant in the Buddy Programme, you will be part of a buddy group that consists of approximately 8-10 buddies and 25-30 international students. The Buddy Programme involves the possibility to participate in a variety of fun social activities, for example sports, parties and travel, or just having a cup of coffee with your group members.

As an international student at Umeå University, the International Office invites you to participate in our Buddy Programme. You and the other students decide what you would like to do within the framework of the Buddy Programme. To attend the activities arranged within the Buddy Programme you need to enroll.

How do I apply?

Up until the first day of term it is recommended that you apply for the Buddy Programme by filling out the Buddy Programme application form.

If you want to apply thereafter you should send an e-mail to us.

Current student seeking to be a buddy? 

Are you a current student interested in meeting international students and introducing them to Swedish culture? Read more on our webpage Be a buddy

Contact us

Send an e-mail to the international student coordinator:

Visit our Facebook page for the latest news and information about our events: Buddy Programme Facebook Page