Buddy and mentor program at Linnaeus University (incoming student)
The programs allows Swedish and other local students to meet and get to know students from all over the world. In Kalmar the program is called mentor program and in Växjö it goes under the name buddy program but is the same thing, but organized separately. The main role of the buddy/mentor is to help and support 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 traveled a longer period. At the training the local students 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. We are aware of that the time before going abroad is very busy but we kindly ask you to reply when your assigned buddy/mentor reaches out to you. Otherwise he/she may think that you’re not interested.
Once in Sweden, try your best to make time for you and your buddy/mentor. Things buddies/mentors and international students usually do together varies but it is common to meet for coffee, go out together, visit the towns 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 fill out the info requested.
The sign up link for students going to Växjö is http://buddyprogram.net/
Follow the instructions on the page. If you have any questions about the sign up etc. you’re welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The sign up link for students going to Kalmar is http://mentorapplication.net
If you have any questions about the sign up etc. you’re welcome to contact ESN Kalmar at email@example.com
Buddy and mentor program at Linnaeus University (local student)
Are you a current (local) student interested in becoming a buddy/mentor to a new international student? The program is open to all local students: Swedish as well as internationals. Just be aware of that some incoming students indicate in their application that they prefer a Swedish student and then we try to follow their wishes. Also, as a buddy/mentor, you cannot be matched with a Swedish student.
The sign up link for local students in Växjö is http://buddyprogram.net/
Follow the instructions on the page. If you have any questions prior to signing up contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more about the program, and how to support your assigned student(s) in the Buddy guide, Buddy guide 2018-2019
The sign up link for local students in Kalmar is http://mentorapplication.net