The Buddy System project
The Buddy System is an online platform matching international students and local students for a buddy programme. The platform, developed centrally, provides management access to local stakeholders responsible for coordinating the integration of incoming students. After the pairing is complete, international students can benefit from a personalised welcome, thanks to their local buddy. It includes: support for administrative procedures, one-to-one visit of the city and place of study. To sum up, he/she can be helped when needed.
Objectives of the Buddy System
The Buddy System is dedicated to international students who, thanks to the platform, will have the opportunity to develop a relationship, interact with local students and enrich their lives through an intercultural experience.
The main goals of the BuddySystem are:
- Improving the welcome phase and the integration of international students through an online tool for universities/schools and associations
- Developing the internationalisation of local students by promoting intercultural exchange and open-mindedness
- Strengthening student mobility facilities (University and associations) and enable the local stakeholders to develop long-lasting partnerships by providing them with common communication, facilitation and training tools
How can you join?
Two of ESN Irelands Sections, ESN DCU and ESN Maynooth are a part of the Buddy System. If you are attending these Universities and would like to join you can sign up here: https://buddysystem.eu/en/register