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The WiSo Faculty Buddy Programme

Each term, the International Relations Center at the WiSo Faculty (ZIB WiSo) and the PIM and CEMS Student and Alumni Club Cologne e.V. organise a Buddy Programme for guest students from the WiSo Faculty's partner universities. At the beginning of each term, ZIB WiSo looks for students and doctoral candidates interested in mentoring guest students for that term.

Benefits of the Buddy Programme

  • Meet students from all over the world
  • Participate in the "Welcome Days"
  • Participate in a number of exciting, international social events
  • Develop your language skills
  • Demonstrate social commitment during your studies
  • Receive first-hand information about partner universities as optimal preparation for an exchange term

Responsibilities of a buddy

  • Contacting the guest student's landlord prior to their arrival (if requested to do so by the student)
  • Collecting the keys to the flat or organising the hand-over of keys
  • Collecting the guest student from the station/airport (Cologne/Bonn) and seeing them to their accommodation
  • Providing support in dealing with public authorities (registration office, etc.)
  • Where necessary, supporting guest students in other areas at the beginning of their stay

Additional involvement is entirely up to you.

Buddies are assigned on a 'first-come, first-served' basis: the earlier you register, the more likely we can take your preferences into consideration.

Upon request, we will be happy to issue a letter of acknowledgement covering your support, which may turn out to be useful as proof of social commitment for future job applications.

Thank you for being a real 'buddy'!