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Study Buddy Program

The Study Buddy Program brings international students together with other students at the University of Bonn. Register now to enjoy an exciting program of intercultural exchange.

What is the Study Buddy Program?

The program matches newly-arrived international students (Mentees) with a University of Bonn student (Buddy) who helps them as they start their studies and adjust to life in Bonn. The Buddies give tips, advice and assistance that make it easier for their Mentees to become familiar with the University and get settled in Bonn.

Interested? Information on how to register and what else is included in the program is available here.

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How do I become a Mentee?

Are you a new international student at the University of Bonn with questions about studying and living in Bonn? Would you like to have someone to contact for questions and help getting started in Bonn?

Then register now for the Study Buddy Program.

Key information

All international students new to the University of Bonn can participate in the Study Buddy Program.

Are you an international doctoral student? Register for the Pro-Buddy Program.

  • Help with your arrival, if needed
  • Help with visits to the authorities (registering as a resident of Bonn, opening a bank account, obtaining health insurance)
  • Help finding your way around the campus and city of Bonn
  • Credit towards a Certificate of Intercultural Competence
  • Improved German language skills
  • Meeting University of Bonn students and other new international students
  • Participation in activities with other members of the Study Buddy Program
  • Long-term international friendships 

Summer semester 2024: January 1 to April 30, 2024
Winter semester 2024/25: July 1 to November 15, 2024

Please complete and submit the online application form at least three weeks before your arrival in Germany to register for the Study Buddy Program.

Get to Know the Study Buddy Program

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How do I become a Buddy?

Have you studied at the University of Bonn for at least one semester? Do you live in or around Bonn, know the ins and out of the University and the area and would like to get involved? Are you outgoing and want to help international students as they begin their studies and during their stay in Bonn?

Then register now for the Study Buddy Program.

Key information

Any University of Bonn student can participate, regardless of whether they are in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program or preparing for state examinations. You should, however, have completed at least one semester at the University of Bonn and have good command of both German and English.

  • An interest in spending time with international students
  • An outgoing, open-minded personality
  • Good German and English language skills
  • Time and willingness to help one to three international students for one semester (especially before and during the initial weeks of the semester)
  • An opportunity to make new friends with international students and other Buddies
  • Written confirmation of your volunteer work
  • Credit towards a Certificate of Intercultural Competence
  • Improved language skills
  • Participation in activities with other members of the Study Buddy Program
  • Long-term international friendships
  • First-hand information about a country or partner university where you will study
  • Information to help you make or revise preparations for your own foreign stay
  • Make contact with your Mentee(s) before they arrive
  • Be the person they can contact for questions
  • Personally meet your Mentee(s) after their arrival in Bonn (or even when they arrive at the airport or train station)
  • If necessary, help them find a room in Bonn or move into the student dormitory or shared accommodation
  • Provide help with visits to the authorities (e.g. local registry office, International Office, health insurance, opening a bank account)
  • Give tips for everyday life (e.g. public transport, stores, cell phones, internet, culture, etc.)
  • Include them in student social life (visits to the International Club, parties, cooking together, excursions, cinema, pubs, etc.)
  • Help them get started at the University of Bonn (e.g. enrollment at the Student Registry, familiarization with University facilities, registration for courses, examinations, university sports, etc.)

Buddies are mainly needed between the end of August and beginning of October (winter semester) and between the end of February and beginning of April (summer semester).

Winter semester 2023/24: July 1, 2023 to November 15, 2023
Summer semester 2024: January 1, 2024 to April 30, 2024

Please complete the online application form to register.


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Also see

Certificate for Intercultural Competence

Extracurricular involvement in international and intercultural activities.

Campus International

The Campus International program seeks to promote greater intercultural exchange at the University of Bonn.

International Club

Meet new people and gain intercultural experience.

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