Be a Buddy!
(Here is the guide book)
The Buddy Program provides comprehensive initial support to the new international students and provides the vital initial guidance to them in Braunschweig.
Where: We meet in Gauss House, Güldenstraße 8, 38100 Braunschweig
When: Every Tuesday, 6pm onwards
The “Buddy Program” is about fully supporting the international students at the beginning of the semester. Right from helping them fill up important forms to the orientation around campus. Thanks to the buddy program, the students are able to get acquainted to their new life in Braunschweig. Therefore everything corresponds to the motto “Friendship worldwide”, as Gauss formerly exemplified it through his interest in foreign languages and cultures. Thereby, the international students will be given the opportunity during the first orientation, to meet, interact and make new contacts with other students. In this way, the first impressions will be experienced mutually probably leading to new friendships. This will, in a certain way, allow the cultural exchange between the students – right from the beginning, everything seems new and uncommon. At the same time, the buddy program tries – through language tandems for instance – to create a win-win situation for the participants and allow them to learn a new language in a joyful way.
Cultural exchange and thereby cultural diversity originates from this program. Not only is it beneficial to the city, but they revive it too. The citizens of Braunschweig have recognized this, which is also underlined by the high participation for the Buddy Program, which now serves 300 students every year.
Your “Gauss Buddy” (peer student) knows Braunschweig and the university and will:
- pick you up from the train station and accompany you to your accomodation
- assist you with the first steps in Braunschweig (opening a bank account, get health insurance/or waiver*, go to the registration office…)
- help you with any sort of initial difficulties
Here you will find the binding registration forms to the Buddy Program::
*Waiver applicable to some countries