International Office

Elena Sarri

University of Oldenburg's Buddy programme

Are you are an international (exchange) student and want to get in touch with an Oldenburg student or are you an Oldenburg student and would like to get in touch with an international student? Apply for our Buddy programme!

Information for Oldenburg students

Want to discover new perspectives and meet new people? This is possible without even leaving Oldenburg: The Buddy programme links Oldenburg students with new international students.

What are my responsibilities as a Buddy?

As a Buddy you assist international students with their questions and concerns pertaining to living and studying in Oldenburg. Before they arrive in Oldenburg, you can already contact them via e-mail, direct messager services, other social media, … One of your most important "jobs" as a buddy involves arrival: picking up your buddy from airport/ train station, accompanying them to the registration office, city/university tours, etc.

Who can participate?

All students at the University of Oldenburg who are in at least their second semester of studies. Ideally, you should be available one month before and during the semester.

Information for international students coming to Oldenburg

Are you a prospective international student? Do you have questions about studying and living in Oldenburg and Germany? Are you interested in German culture and would like to get in touch with local students?

We offer support in order to ease your entry into the University and help you get started in Oldenburg. Our Buddy programme for international degree-seeking students and exchange students matches you with a local student who will support you in various student affairs. During the first weeks, he/she can pick you up from the train station or airport and help, for example, with visits to local authorities etc. Also, before the arrival and during the semester he/she will be your contact for questions and problems. The Buddy programme is also a great opportunity to become acquainted with local students and the German culture!

In addition, we offer events during the semester: game nights, excursions and so on.

The Oldenburg Buddies are regular students who would like to meet international people, learn new languages and even build long-lasting friendships.

If you have any problems pertaining to your place of residence, problems with professors, your visa or something similar please contact the International Office directly.

(Changed: 20 Mar 2023)  |