Buddy program at Linnaeus University (info to incoming students)
The program allows local students to meet and get to know international students (in the program referred to as ”newbies”) from all over the world that choose to study at Linnaeus University. The purpose of the buddy program is to offer support to new international students, such as yourself, and also to improve integration at Linnaeus University. All the little things taken for granted in the everyday life are things that may seem strange or difficult for a newcomer. This is what a buddy may help with. The buddy is a local student to whom the newbie may turn to for questions and support. Buddies help newbies to get settled into the student life and answer questions related to living in Kalmar or Växjö.
The buddies are prior to your arrival informed about cultural understanding, what challenges the newbies face, what to help with etc. Many of the buddies have been on exchange themselves or are later going. Many have also lived abroad to work and/or traveled a longer period. Some are perhaps adopted or have another international background. What’s common for all the buddies is that they have chosen to register as buddies to be part of this, hopefully positive, experience.
Having a buddy means that someone is waiting for you here, someone who wants to get to know you. A few weeks after matched you are supposed to be contacted PRIOR to your arrival, by email or on Facebook or other social media. We are aware of that the time before going abroad is very busy but we kindly ask you to reply when your assigned buddy 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. Things buddies and newbies 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 is also encouraged to show you around locally.
It is necessary to point out that all students aren’t guaranteed a buddy, but of course everyone is welcome to apply. This depends on that many international students choose to study here while there a fewer local students involved. To enhance your chances, apply early and fill out the info requested.
Sign up via https://buddyprogram.net/ (choose Kalmar or Växjö)
Follow the instructions in the application. If you sign up and later choose to not study at Linnaeus University kindly notify us. If you have any questions about the sign up etc. you’re welcome to contact email@example.com
Buddy program at Linnaeus University (info to local students)
Are you a current (local) student interested in becoming a buddy to a new international student? If you were matched with a buddy when you were a new student you hopefully know what the program is about. If not, you’re welcome to read more in the Buddy guide linked below.
The program is open to all local students: Swedish as well as internationals who are staying in Kalmar or Växjö for a longer period of time. Just be aware of that if incoming students indicate in their application that they prefer a Swedish student we try to follow their wishes. When signing up to become a buddy, you cannot be matched with a Swedish student.
Sign up via https://buddyprogram.net (choose Kalmar or Växjö)
Follow the instructions on the site. If you have any questions prior to registration contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kalmar: Buddy guide ENG
Växjö: Buddy guide 2019-20