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cross-cultural exchange - study, celebrate and live together
The Buddy Programme is intended to help new international students to find their way around Ulm University. New students get to know experienced students who support them with questions of study and life in Ulm.
The Buddy Program is largely based on the voluntary commitment of the students of the University of Ulm.
Do you enjoy dealing with people? Are you interested in other cultures and ways of life?
You are at least in your second semester, i.e. you know Ulm and the University of Ulm very well? You treat other people with respect?
Then apply as a Buddy Mentor*in and actively help to welcome newly arriving foreign and refugee students to Ulm and support them in their first orientation in Ulm and the university.
You are the first contact person for everyday and study questions and should therefore plan a little more time in the first weeks. Maybe you can pick him/her up at the train station, take him/her to the new dormitory or to the authorities.
After that, the average time required is 2-4 semester hours per week or every second week. Please accompany him/her to important introductory events or dates at the start of the semester (if desired). Please meet regularly and do something together (use the welcome voucher booklet!).
Please come to the events that the Buddy Program organizes especially for you!
You don't have to take care of your Buddy 24 hours a day and aren't her/his life advisor (you can refer to the appropriate places).
Through this intercultural encounter you will become part of an international network. You can expand your knowledge of other countries and possibly your language skills.
All events of the Buddy Programme in which you can participate are free of charge!
For your voluntary and socio-intercultural engagement in the Buddy Programme, you can receive a certificate from us, for which you will receive bonus points at ERASMUS applications. Please note that you have to fill out a feedback form.
You can also receive the volunteer card of the city of Ulm, which entitles you to discounts on cultural, leisure and training activities.
Clarify right at the beginning how you want to communicate (email, facebook, Whats up...) and how often you can meet.
Maybe make a fixed date and a day when you want to do something together.
Please be punctual and reliable, so you show mutual respect!
Talk about your expectations.
Talk about similarities and differences between the two countries.
If there are any difficulties, feel free to contact the Buddy Team!
You will be assigned a contact person for all everyday and study questions who will accompany you for 1-2 semesters. He/she can also, if desired, pick you up from the train station, accompany you to the dormitory/apartment and support you in all official matters.
Your Buddy Mentor assists you in organising your studies and answers questions about your subject.
He/she can also give you tips for leisure activities.
He or she will help you with your questions about Ulm University and the special features of the Swabians in Ulm. You can expand your language skills and your knowledge of Germany.
For your regular meetings you can use the Welcome Voucher Booklet, which lists discounts for leisure and cultural activities!
Please also take part in the FREE Buddy events organized for you!
Furthermore, within the framework of the Buddy Programme, you will have the opportunity to participate in various seminars on the subject of "Intercultural Competence" free of charge and certified. This offers you the chance to acquire skills that are in great demand on the job market and are already key qualifications in many professions.
If difficulties arise, you are welcome to contact the Buddy Team with confidence!
Of course your Buddy Mentor will not be available 24 hours a day. The Buddy Mentors are volunteer students of the University of Ulm who are willing to support you in their free time. They do not receive any expense allowance.
Please don't forget that your Buddy also has a time-consuming study to master.
The time and duration of your meetings is not specified, you should agree on the time organization of your meetings together. How much you and your buddy reveal about your private life is completely up to you.
In addition to the possibility of making new friends with people from other countries, intercultural encounters through mutual learning from each other play a central role.
Take the opportunity to have an intercultural contact.
Discuss together in advance how you want to contact each other (email, Facebook, WhatsUp, etc.) and what you expect from each other.
Also talk about the frequency of your meetings. At the beginning try to make and keep fixed appointments, later maybe also regular appointments like once a week or every two weeks.
Please keep to your appointments and arrive punctually for the meetings.
Respect your Buddy, his or her wishes, decisions and views and try to understand him or her.
If there are any problems, e.g. your Buddy does not answer or never seems to have time, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can only help if we are informed.