Become a Science Buddy second semester 2020/2021
Are you ready to become a SCIENCE Buddy for the spring semester 2020/2021?
The SCIENCE Buddy Programme is organised by the Science International Office, offered to all new international students for the upcoming semester of the Faculty of Science, Leiden University. A SCIENCE Buddy is a current student of the Faculty of Science, who is easily approachable and can share his or her experience with our new international students.
What it means to be a Science Buddy during COVID-19
As a Science Buddy you get matched to a few international students who you help feel more at home at Leiden University. You help them with day-to-day questions and, if possible, to do stuff, such as take a walk in the park or digital games. Most of all, you are a listening ear to your internationals and reach out to them whenever necessary. The Science International Office supports the buddies and can be referred to by the buddies.
Due to the COVID-19, the Science Buddy Programme is different than previous years. The programme will mostly take place online with online buddy contact and digital activities organized by the International Office, such as games and drinks.
The first contact with your buddies will be in January so you can help them before they start with their semester. Also, if international students decide to travel to the Netherlands, it would be very considerate if you can help them get settled! You can, if possible, help finding their way around the city, show them their student housing, university buildings, and other places-to-be.
Being a Buddy is not only a great way to give back, it is also a good way to learn more about other cultures, start your international network, and practice your own language skills.
The Leiden Science Buddy Programme is an independent programme for new international students next to the COVID ‘tutor program’ for first-year BSc and MSc students organized by the different educational departments and institutes. For more info on the tutor programmes, we kindly refer to the respective institutes.
Sign up via Formdesk
- You are an enthusiastic and motivated student of the Faculty of Science
- You have some time to support students—especially during the end of January and the beginning of February
- You are available for occasional online activities and an online training session (dates to be decided)
Buddy application deadline Monday, January 4
Results matching & Training January
For questions, also regarding the buddy training, you can contact Victor van der Horst (Student Assistant) and Tess Hoppenbrouwers (Coordinator international students) at the Science International Office at: