Buddy Program

The Buddy Program broadened my network!

Each year about 1200 international students begin their exchange journey by Linnaeus University. The Linnaues Union is in close collaboration with the university, as well as associations, in Kalmar and Växjö to make sure these new students get a warm welcome and a great start in Sweden.

All local students at Linnaeus university may become buddies. Are you interested in meeting students from other countries, network and to have fun? Then register to become a Buddy!

Wish I had known about the Buddy Program at the start of my studies!

Why do we Swedes take off our shoes when we go inside? Why do we love IKEA so much? Do we only eat meatballs? The Buddy Program is about giving an international student a great start and answer questions you maybe never thought of yourself. And as a Buddy, you also make new friends, get to practice your English (or other languages) and maybe it inspires you to go on an exchange or work abroad yourself?

How to register as a buddy

Register by clicking on the green button below.

Fill out all the info, hit "send". You may later be asked to update your registration. Keep an eye on the email used upon registration to the Buddy program.

You receive an invite via email to a buddy introduction on Teams (held multiple times, choose ONE). This is a great opportunity to ask questions, and possibly to alter your registration.

You get matched! Reach out to your newbie/s as soon as possible. Read the Buddy guide for further instructions.

How to register as a newbie

Register by clicking on the green button below. Choose city, and then "I'm a newbie". 

Fill out the info, hit "send". You may later be asked to update your registration. Keep an eye on the email used upon registration.

You get matched (hopefully). Your buddy should contact you prior to your arrival to Sweden. Ask your buddy whatever questions you may have.

Once in Kalmar or Växjö your buddy should initiate a meet-up to get to know each other!

Have fun & learn something new!

For buddies: Read more about becoming a buddy

Any questions about the Buddy program?

Contact our international Student Coordinator Karin!