BuddyGoDutch is a young non-profit organization that was founded in 2010 by and for students. The goal of this organization is to accomplish a better integration for the hundreds of international students that come to the Netherlands every year. BuddyGoDutch is firmly established in the student world with around 700 international and Dutch students each semester.
We connect international students 1 on 1 with Dutch students during their stay. The idea is that the Dutch students meet up with their international buddy to exchange culture in a personal way. In this way, Dutch students get the chance to give their time as a student more international depth, increase their language skills and travel around in their own country, the Netherlands! It is also a nice way for the international student to get to know Dutch culture and student life. A local is so much more fun than a paper travel guide. Furthermore, it can be the beginning of a fun international friendship.
The role of BuddyGoDutch does not stop after matching the students. Throughout the semester, the board organizes activities for the participating students to get to know each other and to show even more of the Netherlands. Examples can be found on this website, take a look around and get inspired by quite a few successful years of BuddyGoDutch!
Every year in September and February there is a fresh start with a new group of internationals and Dutch buddies. Couples will be formed for one semester. The board of the organization changes once a year after the summer break.
It is safe to say that our project has grown a lot since its inception. BuddyGoDutch has become an established organization in Utrecht and has helped many students from all over the world to enjoy their stay in the Netherlands.