It's not easy to start your studies in a different country! In order to make your transition to student life easier, we recommend that you take part in our Buddy Programme, which is run by the International Office.
What exactly is the Buddy Programme?
Our aim is to help you to adjust to your new life in Fulda by matching you with an experienced student as your buddy. You can even contact her or him before you arrive in Fulda and ask questions.
What can I expect from my buddy?
Your buddy is there to help you, to answer your questions and to help you deal with any problems that may arise during your first weeks and months at the University. He or she will be there for you during the whole first semester. He or she will be your gateway to the information you need and you will have an opportunity to learn about German culture and to make friends with Germans.
Many of our experienced buddies have already lived and/or studied abroad and know what it feels like at the beginning of university life. They also understand the typical kinds of difficulties that may occur. Some buddies come from other countries themselves and have first-hand experience of making the transition to life in another country.
Who can join the programme?
First-semester students who come from a country other than Germany and have not previously studied at Fulda University are invited to register for the programme. Most of our German buddies speak English, so you don't have to rely on your German skills at the beginning.
Is any cost involved?
Your buddy is a volunteer and is not paid for what he or she does. You will not be charged for the service. There may, however, be a small fee for activities offered directly by the International Office.
Will there be a chance to meet other students and their buddies?
During the semester the International Office will normally arrange some activities for members of the Buddy Programme. These activities are a great way of meeting other programme participants. We look forward to seeing you there!
What do I need to bear in mind?
Your buddy is a volunteer who is interested in meeting people from different countries and sharing his or her culture. In return, you should show a real interest in your buddy's way of life and be appreciative of what he or she is doing for you. Be open. Ask questions. Share information about your culture.
Your buddy is not a service assistant or a substitute teacher. You might both enjoy practicing your language skills with each other but you should not expect your buddy to teach you German or write your term paper.
How can I join the Buddy Programme?
To join the Buddy Progrmme, just complete the registration form and send it back to us by email as early as possible.
We look forward to receiving your registration and hope that your time at Fulda University will be rewarding and successful!
I have some more questions. Who can help?
If you have any further questions about the Buddy Programme, please do not hesitate to contact Gesa Pusch-Thomas, the Integration Officer at the International Office.