Buddy Program

Every semester ISN Amsterdam has a Buddy Program. In this program we match local students up with international students. It is a wonderful way to connect students from different backgrounds, and to encourage a global mindset and an openness towards each other’s cultures. Every year we help over 1000 international students in this program, with a rising trend.

Applications for the first semester of 2019-2020 are now opened. If you are a local student, click the tab ‘Become a local buddy’ to find more information and the link to the application form. If you are an international or exchange student, click the tab ‘Get a local buddy’ to find more information and the link to the application form.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact integration@isn-amsterdam.nl

Applications are now closed. Check back here for the second semester (starting in February) in December.

Would you like someone to take you to that one cute coffee house, or recommend you the best club in town? Would you like someone who can answer your questions concerning university, housing or buying your (first) bike? Why not get a friend at the same time?! Join our Buddy Program and meet a local student who can show you around Amsterdam!

Our Buddy Program matches approximately five international students to one local student in order to introduce those newly arrived to the Amsterdam student life and the city, and to stimulate intercultural interactions between international and local or Dutch students.

After you sign up, we will match you up with a local student and a few other international students and provide you with their contact information. At the start of the semester in September 2019, ISN Amsterdam will organize a meet-up with all participants of the Buddy Program. We also host two or three Buddy Activities that you and your buddies can join, these will be announced at the start of the semester so you can mark the dates in your planners!

We try to match you up to the best of our abilities, however, it might also happen that there is not necessarily a ‘click’ with your buddy or that they are not responsive. This is one of the reasons why we make buddy groups, that way you will be able to at least meet other international students. However, do let us know if your local buddy does not respond at all. And no worries if your buddies are not as responsive as you would like, you are more than welcome at all of our Buddy Activities, other events and borrels (Dutch for social drinks) where you will definitely be able to meet local students and other international students!

Applications are now closed. Check back here for the second semester (starting in February) in December.

Sign up for our Buddy Program! You can sign up until the 11th of August at midnight. After signing up, a confirmation message will be send to your email address. If you did not receive a confirmation email (please check your spam folder first), please e-mail integration@isn-amsterdam.nl. We will send you the contact details of your local buddy and fellow international buddies before or on the 19th of August. Please note that sometimes these emails end up in spam folders, so make sure to check there as well.

We look forward to welcoming you in Amsterdam in September!

What do students have to say?

Were you satisfied with your buddies?
“Yes because they were really friendly and we were quite similar”

Were you satisfied with your buddies?
“I was really satisfied with my buddy, all my preferences were taken into account when matching me, and thus I could really enjoy my time.”

Would you consider the Buddy Program an addition to your exchange?
“Yes! It was good to talk to some actual Dutch students when mostly everyone else I meet is an international!”

Would you consider the Buddy Program an addition to your exchange?
“Yes, it was nice to have different people to do things with and talk to locals.”

*all answers are from last semester’s evaluation form

Feel free to contact our Integration Coordinator at integration@isn-amsterdam.nl for questions and further information. Stay updated by following us on Facebook  and sign up for our newsletter!

Applications are now closed. Check back here for the second semester (starting in February) in December.

Every semester ISN Amsterdam has a Buddy Program. In this program we match local students up with international students. This is a great way to become part of an international environment and generally does not take up that much of your time! As a local student, you get approximately five international students to take under your wing. Don’t let this number scare you though, from experience we know that the international students are not demanding. So don’t worry about your studies or busy social lives suffering under this commitment!

Most international students who come to study in Amsterdam do not know much about the city except for the typical touristy stereotypes. You could help them buy their (in some cases: very first) bike, share your knowledge on studying at your university and take them to discover the hidden treasures of Amsterdam. What type of buddy you want to be is completely up to you. You could meet up for coffee or drinks, have dinners or go for a stroll around town with your buddies. Who knows, you might get a good friendship out of the experience!

After you sign up, we will match you up with a few international students and provide you with their contact information. At the start of the semester in September 2019, ISN Amsterdam will host a meet-up with all participants of the Buddy Program. We also organize two or three Buddy Activities that you and your buddies can join, these will be announced at the start of the semester so you can mark the dates in your planners!

We try to match you up to the best of our abilities, however, it might also happen that there is not necessarily a ‘click’ or that one of your buddies is not responsive. This is one of the reasons why we give you a group of buddies instead of only one. However, do let us know if one of your buddies does not respond at all. And no worries if your buddies are not as responsive as you would like, you are more than welcome at all of our Buddy Activities, other events and borrels where you will definitely be able to meet other international students!

Please note: you don’t have to be Dutch to become a local buddy!

Applications are now closed. Check back here for the second semester (starting in February) in December.

Want to help out international students and make great friends at the same time? You can apply to be a local buddy until the 17th of August at midnight. After signing up, a confirmation message will be send to your email address. If you did not receive a confirmation email (please check your spam folder first), please e-mail integration@isn-amsterdam.nl. We will send you the contact details of your international buddies before or on the 19th of August. Please note that sometimes these emails end up in spam folders, so make sure to check there as well.

What do students have to say?

Were you satisfied with your buddies?
“I was really satisfied with my buddy, all my preferences were taken into account when matching me, and thus I could really enjoy my time.”

Would you consider the Buddy Program a valuable experience?
“Absolutely valuable, to discover a new culture and a new language. After all, a friend is what you gain!”

What sort of activities did you do together?
“We celebrated the Chinese New Year together, and prepared food and dishes from our hometowns.”

*all answers are from last semester’s evaluation form

Feel free to contact our Integration Coordinator at at integration@isn-amsterdam.nl for questions and further information. Stay updated by following us on Facebook and sign up for our newsletter

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