Buddy

Are you curious about other cultures? Would you like to experience new encounters in Freiburg? Do you want to support international students in Freiburg?

Then, join us as a Freiburg Buddy at the International Club Freiburg! As a Freiburg Buddy, you will accompany students from other countries before and after their arrival in Freiburg.


What does a Freiburg Buddy do?

  • provide information and advice prior to the arrival day of the international student;
  • in ideal circumstances, pick the international student up at the arrival;
  • help with the orientation in the city as well as the necessary bureaucracy;
  • integrate the international student in his or her own daily life, and show some tips and tricks about the daily life in Freiburg, e.g. by cooking together or taking a coffee break together etc.;
  • if possible, support with study-related difficulties.

In return for your commitment, we offer you:

  • the membership of the International Club for free
  • a certificate about your commitment as a Freiburg Buddy
    • The social and intercultural commitment gives you a bonus while applying for a semester abroad or for internships and jobs.

Who can become a Freiburg Buddy?

  • Every Freiburg student can apply to become a Freiburg Buddy. You only have to be open-minded and ready to help.
  • Since your international Buddy could come from every possible cultural background all over the world, there is a particular challenge for you in terms of intercultural competence in practice.

When do the most international students arrive?

  • For winter term: from beginning of September to beginning of October or mid-October
  • For summer term: from beginning of March to beginning of April or mid-April

How does it work?

  • To become a Freiburg Buddy, you only have to fill out this form.
  • According to your profile, we will inform you via email about your international Buddy and his or her email address. The international Buddy will also receive your email address from us via email.
  • Now you can make the first contact with each other!

One more thing…
The Buddy Program does not focus on the language tandem. If you would just like to find a tandem partner, you can join our Tandem Platform or the Facebook group SWFR Tandem.


We look forward to getting to know you!

Welcome to Freiburg!

When you begin with your study or your semester abroad in Freiburg, you will encounter a new country, a new culture, a foreign language and another education system. The first step is never easy…

Various questions will go through your mind such as „What kind of paperwork do I have to complete?“, „How can I organize my study or my timetable?“, „Where can I go grocery shopping?“ etc.…

We from the International Club have someone to support you!

One of our Freiburg Buddies will accompany you and help you with all difficulties. We aim to make you feel at home in the city and at the universities quickly after your arrival in Freiburg.


What can your Freiburg Buddy do for you?

  • provide information and advice prior to the arrival day of the international student;
  • in ideal circumstances, pick the international student up at the arrival;
  • help with the orientation in the city as well as the necessary bureaucracy;
  • integrate the international student in his or her own daily life, and show some tips and tricks about the daily life in Freiburg, e.g. by cooking together or taking a coffee break together etc.;
  • if possible, support with study-related difficulties.

Who can search for a Freiburg Buddy?

Every international student who is going to start his or her study in Freiburg, no matter whether you are coming via an Erasmus+ program, an exchange program via partner universities or an degree-seeking study.


How does it work?

  • To search for a Freiburg Buddy, you only have to fill out this form.
  • According to your profile, we will inform you via email about your Freiburg Buddy and sen you his or her email address. The Freiburg Buddy will also receive your email address from us via email.
  • Now you can make the first contact with each other!

We look forward to getting to know you!

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