Buddy Program

Would you like to get involved in intercultural and social activities, refresh your language skills and make international friends? Then become a Buddy and make contacts with students from all over the world. We are looking forward to your application.

The programme

The main tasks of our Buddy include:

  • E-mail contact before and after arrival
  • Organise the key to the apartment
  • Reception of international students at the train station and escort to the accommodation
  • Assistance with questions about studying, housing and living in Offenburg
  • First orientation at the university: Where can you find important facilities such as the library, cafeteria, International Center?
  • City walk: Where can you find the most important things in Offenburg: going out, shopping, doctors
  • General assistance with enrolment, immigration office, opening a bank account


As a special reward for your commitment you will receive:

  • Proof of honorary commitment, as well as up to 3 points for the certificate <link internal-link internal link in current>"Intercultural Competence"
  • Alternative: the possibility of financial compensation
  • Fun in interacting with other people and cultures
  • Availability at the beginning of March or end of August/beginning of September

Would you like to become a buddy?

Buddies for exchange students please contact <link - mail "Opens internal link in current window">Susanne Ziemer.
Buddies for international students of the Graduate School please contact the respective coordinator:

  • ENITS Heike Dietrich
  • CME Ulrike Nordau
  • IBC Komila Topal
  • RED Tatiana Shakhtyr
  • MPE/MBT Max Heber

We are looking forward to your registration!


Theresa A.: "I met many international students through the Buddy Program and have since made friends for life. Try it out."

Steffi R.: "The experiences from the Buddy Program have confirmed that I would like to work in an international environment after graduation. It has given me a lot of pleasure."

Tobias E.: "It made my life a little more colorful. I would like to spend a semester abroad now."