The Buddy Program is a volunteer opportunity which aims to promote intercultural exchange between TU Berlin students and exchange students from our partner universities. It encompasses practical aspects such as settling in at TU Berlin and the city as well as opportunities for language and cultural exchange or sharing experiences. Participants often develop lasting friendships through the program.
Buddy is another word for friend. In the program, we match a TU Berlin student with an exchange student. They are each other's buddy.
TU Berlin students generally participate in the Buddy Program to prepare for a stay abroad or maintain ties with their former host country. For this reason, we try to pair students based on factors such as home university, language, country of origin, or the degree program of the exchange students. You can include which aspects are particularly important to you when you sign up.
We are happy to provide a certificate of participation upon request. It certifies the volunteer service of TU Berlin buddies in mentoring exchange students and can be useful for future applications.
The program includes an evaluation completed by both the TU Berlin buddy and their mentee and assessed by us before the certificate of participation is issued. You can request this feedback form by sending an email to: email@example.com
Once both buddies have completed the evaluation form and we have reviewed it, we will issue the certificate of participation. We are unable to issue a certificate if feedback is not provided or the feedback indicates your involvement was insufficient.
If you would like to support us, find new friends, and learn about exciting cultures, then sign up for our Buddy Program. All you need to do is fill out the registration form. You always sign up for the upcoming semester.
Winter semester registration period: July and August
Summer semester registration period: January and February
We collect all registrations and assign TU Berlin buddies to exchange students shortly before the new semester begins. The exchange students are requested to initiate contact with you.
Buddies are matched in March and April for summer semester and in September and October for winter semester. If you register in March/September, you can already be assigned an exchange student who is arriving in April/October. This means your chances are higher of being assigned a buddy if you are already available in March/September.
If you are an exchange student, please sign up for the Buddy Program through your exchange application in Mobility Online.
Please keep us up to date. Are you having problems? Do you have questions? Is your buddy not returning your emails or text messages? We can only help if you tell us what is going on. We are always happy to receive feedback!