The aim of our buddy-program is to help international students integrate better in Utrecht and to create mutual cultural understanding. To achieve this, a personal connection with your buddy is very important. Therefore we have a unique personal buddy system between Dutch and international students. To make sure you and your buddy click, we try to match people according to personal interests, character, and preferences.
The sign up for our buddyprogram is free. To match you with a suitable buddy, we ask you to fill out some questions in the sign-up sheet. We ask about your personal interests, your character, and availability. We store this information with your personal contact information into our membership database.
At the end of the sign-up period we organize the matching event. At this event, you will get to meet others who have also signed up to become a buddy. We will host rounds in which you will speak with many different people. At the end of the evening, you give us your top 3 of people who you’d like to be your buddy. This way your personal preferences can be taken into account during the matching process.
We therefore strongly recommend you attend the matching event, to ensure you get a suitable buddy. However, attendance is not mandatory for participation in the buddy program. You will still get a buddy if you are not able to go to the matching event.
Side note: we charge an entrance fee for the matching event. This is for two reasons. Firstly we need it to pay for the event itself, for example location rental and catering. Secondly, we use it for BuddyGoDutch’s survival. Without this money, we wouldn’t be able to keep BuddyGoDutch up and running. In exchange for the entrance fee, you will get a personal buddy for the rest of the semester and you will be updated about our lovely events across Utrecht you can attend with your buddy.
After the sign-up closes and the matching event has passed, we will start matching Dutch and international students. During the matching process, we take your top 3 from the matching event and personal interest from the sign-up sheet into account. Matching will take quite some time because we have to match hundreds of students. You will get an email with the contact information of your buddy when the matching process is over. If you have any questions regarding the matching process and anything related to it you can contact our Head of Internal Affairs [link]