Are you interested in other cultures and improving your language skills? Or have you just gotten back from a semester abroad and do you wish to continue being part of an international community? Become a buddy! Whether you're a Dutch or an international VU student who's planning on staying for a longer period of time, as long as you have basic knowledge about the university and the city, you can sign up.

What do we expect from you?

As a buddy, you will be matched to 3-4 international students who come to study at VU University for a semester or for an entire academic year. Examples of questions you should be able to answer are about what it’s like to study at VU University (courses, schedules, exams), tips and tricks about life in Amsterdam. In short, everything that has to do with studying in the Netherlands. You will also meet up with your buddy for social or cultural events, like dinners, parties or sight seeing! In COVID-19 edition we ask you to help students who are in quarantine to get groceries, bikes and other stuff they might need.

What do you get in return?

You will learn to communicate with students from different countries, you will improve your language skills and last but not least: you will make friends from all over the world! ESN VU Amsterdam organizes a lot of fun activities for the international students. Together with your buddy you can join them!

How do I apply?

Apply via form HERE. Any questions? Feel free to contact us :)