Get connected…

You are interested in other cultures and countries?
You want to meet new people?
You want to make use of your foreign language skills?

Then our buddy-program is just right for you. As a buddy you are there for international students who have just arrived at the University Duisburg-Essen.
Prerequisite: German Proficiency on C1-level
Register below for the buddy-program and we will find a buddy for you.

Your responsibilities

Contact before your buddy’s arrival via e-mail, facebook etc., pick-up from airport/station (if wanted), help with official matters, opening a bank account, orientation at the university, participation in cultural events and TSC’s Stammtisch (optional).

You will find further information on your responsibilities in the Buddy-Guidelines which contain all the important aspects for you as a buddy.

After your participation in our program, it would be great if you wrote a short report about your experiences as a buddy and gave us feedback on our feedback sheet. Please also let us know which semester you were in when you participated.


In the beginning of each semester we organize a welcome-meeting for all buddies and all incomings of UDE. Here you can meet your buddy (if you have not already done so beforehand), meet other internationals and possibly even find a buddy if you have been on the waiting list before. This is also your chance to learn more about TSC, other university organisations and our program for the semester.

TSC activities

During the semester, TSC offers a variety of freetime activities at very student-friendly rates for you and your buddy (registration during the Infotreff). Here some examples: visits to the zoo, museum trips, soccer/volleyball tournament, Lasertag, Paintball, ballet/opera, weekend city trips…

Certificate of international competene

The buddy-program is also creditable for one of four elements of the “Certificate of international competence”. You only need to write a short report on your experience as a buddy and let us know in which semester you participated

Participation Requirements

To become a buddy, you have to speak german fluently and have a profound knowledge about studying at the University Duisburg-Essen.

The welcome Week in the winter term will take place from 4th of October 2018 till 7th of October 2018. Please make sure to have free time during this week to get to know your buddy and participate in our activities.

The application for the buddy program for the summer term 2018 is closed. We will inform you about the application for the winter term 2018/2019 as soon as possible. If you have any questions please contact buddy@tsc-due.org.

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