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How to become a Buddy/ Bli en Buddy

Would you like to get to know a new culture, improve your language skills, share the Swedish culture and get a friend for life? Then you should take the opportunity to become a Buddy for a new-arriving international student!

Imagine yourself in a situation in which you are traveling halfway around the world to a completely different country. It can be a bit scary and intimidating, especially if you do not know the language or how to get to the next grocery store. In order to prevent international students to feel this way, the Student Union offers the Buddy Program. The Buddy Program is for you as a current, local student at JU to help a new arriving international student to adapt to Sweden and the student life in Jönköping. You become their rock in the storm – a friend they can ask anything from where they can send letters to where to buy a buscard.

Who can be a Buddy?

All students at Jönköping University who study on campus can become a Buddy for a new-arriving international student. Therefore, you have to be available in Jönköping.

What do I gain from being a Buddy?

In addition to doing a good deed by helping a lost student to find his/her way around in Jönköping, you will learn something new and exciting while getting new friends. It is even a perfect start for you if you are planning to study abroad. By networking and getting to know international students you will always find a helping hand if you happen to be in their home country!

How does it work?

Being a Buddy does not mean that you need to neglect your studies and accompany your Buddy day and night. It is more about answering questions and being available when needed. Together you decide how often you will meet each other and what you will do together. For obvious reasons, international students need the most help during the first few weeks of the semester; when they just arrived in Jönköping. But do not forget that you are a Buddy throughout the semester. If you choose to become a Buddy by filling in the form below, the Student Union will invite all Buddies and international students to a mingle in the beginning of the semester

Sign up here

Texten granskad / uppdaterad 2016-11-15

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