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Be a Buddy!

16 juli 2021

Want to help new international students at our faculty? Sign up to be a Leiden Science buddy for the fall 2021/22 edition!

The Science Buddy Programme is organised by the Science International Office, offered to all new international students for the upcoming semester of our faculty. 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 is a Science Buddy?

As a Science Buddy you get matched with a few international students who you help feel more at home at Leiden University. You can help them with practical questions and, if you like to, do activities with them such as take a walk in the park or do drinks. 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 is always a point of contact.

The first contact with your buddies will be in August 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 help them get settled! Show their way around the city—their student housing, university buildings, and other places-to-be.

Being a Buddy is not only a great way to give back, but also a good way to learn more about other cultures, start your international network, and practice your own language skills.

Sign up via this form on Formdesk.

It's perfect for you, if

•    You are an enthusiastic and motivated student of the Faculty of Science 
•    You have some time to support students—especially during the end of August and the beginning of September 
•    You are available for occasional activities and a training session


Buddy application deadline: 10 August
Results matching & Training: End of August       


For questions, also regarding the buddy training, you can contact Victor van der Horst at the Science International Office.

Hope to see you soon!

The Leiden Science Buddy Programme is different than the COVID ‘tutor programme’ for first-year BSc and MSc students organised by the different educational departments and institutes. For more info on the tutor programmes, we kindly refer to the respective institutes. 

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