Buddy and mentor program at Linnaeus University
The programs allows Swedish and other local students to meet and get to know students from all the continents in the world. The buddy/mentor helps and supports an incoming student to get settled into the student life and answer questions you may have.
The students who become buddies/mentors attend a training session to learn about cultural understanding, what to help you with and what is expected of them. Many of them have been on exchange themselves or are later going. Many have also lived abroad to work and/or travelled a longer period. At the training the buddies/mentors are also informed about the orientation program, when you will arrive and activities planned.
Having a buddy/mentor means that someone is waiting for you here, someone who wants to get to know you. When matched you are supposed to be contacted prior to your arrival, by email or on Facebook. The time before going abroad is very busy but we kindly ask you to reply when your assigned contact person reaches out to you. Otherwise he/she may think that you’re not interested. Once you arrive the buddy/mentor is the first person you should turn to if you have any questions of practical character. Things buddies/mentors and international students usually do together varies but it is common to meet for coffee, go out together, visit the town of Växjö or the surroundings, maybe have a language exchange etc. Your buddy/mentor is also encouraged to show you around locally.
It is necessary to point out that all students are not guaranteed a buddy/mentor, this because many students choose to study here. If you are assigned a buddy /mentor also depends on when you sign up. Send in your application as fast as you can and you fill out all the info requested.
In Växjö it is called buddies and the sign up link for students going to Växjö is http://buddyprogram.net/buddyprogram/index.html
If you have any questions about the sign up etc. you’re welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In Kalmar it is called mentors and the sign up link for students going to Kalmar is http://mentorapplication.net/students.html
If you have any questions about the sign up etc. you’re welcome to contact ESN Kalmar at email@example.com