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.
The Buddy Programme is a community at Umeå University that introduces international students to Sweden and helps them to settle in Umeå. The programme organises events and gatherings where international and established students can hang out.
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.
The Buddy Programme starts at the beginning of the semester and lasts through the semester. The beginning of the semester may be a bit intense with several activities organised by the International Student Coordinator (employee at Umeå University which coordinates the program and it's activities), but it’s the group's commitment that determines how often you get together.
As an international student, new to 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.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a current student interested in meeting international students and introducing them to Swedish culture? Read more on our webpage Be a buddy.
Send an e-mail to the international student coordinator: email@example.com.
Visit our Facebook page for the latest news and information about our events: Buddy Programme Facebook Page