Meet new people from all around the world through Umeå University's Buddy Programme! We are looking for students who like to meet new people and who want to make international students feel at home in Umeå.
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.
As a Buddy you play an important role in the international students' overall experience of Sweden, Umeå and Umeå University. You will be one of the first contacts that international students have with Umeå students.
As a Buddy you have two main roles:
Examples of social activities
Each Buddy group decide and arrange their own activities but here are some examples of common activities:
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, but it’s the group's commitment that determines how often you get together.
The Buddy Programme is ongoing throughout the term, but there is a lot happening during the first weeks which makes it particularly important that you, as a Buddy, can be active in the initial activities as well as throughout the term.
Besides being a great deal of fun, there are many other benefits to being a Buddy:
The International Student Coordinator coordinates the Buddy Programme and organises activities for all the Buddy groups. The International Student Coordinator is employed by Umeå University and works with the program during an academic year.
As a group leader, you are the closest contact to the International Student Coordinator and you are responsible for coordinating the Buddy group's own activities.
As a Buddy, you plan and participate in activities, and support your buddy group.
All students in the Buddy Programme are divided into so-called Buddy groups. The groups consist of two group leaders, 8-10 established students and 30-40 international students.
To become a Buddy for international students, you need to submit an application. In the application you enter your contact information, what you are studying and past experiences with the Buddy Programme. You can also choose if you're interested in being a group leader or a Buddy.
Sign up as soon as possible so you don't miss out on the fun!
Contact the International Student Coordinator by email: email@example.com
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