International Committee Be a Buddy!

Buddy Programme at HSBA

The Buddy Programme assits in integrating international students into their new life in Hamburg.

Each one of you has the chance to help students upon their arrival and support them in their academic and daily life. Take advantage of this grat opportunity to experience internationality at HSBA and prepare for a possible stay abroad in case have that opportunity yourself.

What is the idea behind the Buddy Programme?

The Buddy Programme is intended as initial help for international students: A buddy is an HSBA student who supports an international student during their first six to eight weeks (or beyond that) of their stay in Hamburg, helping in all aspects. It should help the student, who is new in Hamburg, and possibly in Germany, to ease into their new lif and to make social contacts. If you are interested in supporting an incoming exchange or degree-seeking student, contact us and we will match you!

What are the duties of a buddy?

How much time you spend with your buddy is ultimately up to you. To make the whole process as enjyoable for everyone as possible, and to avoid misunderstandings, the following simple rules may work:

  • For easy communication, exchange your telephone number, e-mail address, etc.
  • Try to be available for at least 6 to 8 weeks for any questions and be prepared to meet your international buddy from time to time.
  • Ideally, pick up your buddy from the train station/airport or welcome them in case they arrive by car. It is a nice gesture and will help the new student to a smooth start and orientation in an unknown city.
  • Support your incoming with everyday questions such as: How do I open a bank account? How do I register with the authorities in Hamburg? Where is the cheapest supermarket?
  • Try to include your incoming and take them to parties or other social activities.

What’s in it for me?

You get to know students from other countries and find new international friends, all while hopefully also working on your language skills.

Social and intercultural engagement are additional soft skills you can add onto your CV.

Besides, for those who think about going abroad themselves in the (near) future – having a buddy helps to gain a new perspective on how it is going abroad and living somewhere foreign.

[Translate to Englisch:] Wie kann ich loslegen?

How can I get started? It's really easy! You can find our contact details on this page and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the programme. We look forward to hearing from you! Stay international!