Buddy System Project

The Buddy System project

The Buddy System is an online platform matching international students and local students for a buddy programme. The platform, developed centrally, provides management access to local stakeholders responsible for coordinating the integration of the incoming students. After the pairing is complete, international students can benefit from a personalised welcome, thanks to their local buddy. It includes: support for administrative procedures, one-to-one visit of the city and place of study. To sum up he can be helped when needed.

Objectives of the Buddy System

The BuddySystem is dedicated to international students who, thanks to the platform, will have the opportunity to develop a relationship and interact with local students and enrich their lives through an intercultural experience.

The main goals of the BuddySystem are: Improving the welcome phase and the integration of international students through an online tool for universities/schools and associations
Developing the internationalisation of local students by promoting intercultural exchange and open-mindedness
Strengthening student mobility facilities (University and associations) and enable the local stakeholders to develop long-lasting partnerships by providing them with common communication, facilitation and training tools

History

Designed from 2013 by 4 students in Lille after a year abroad with the Erasmus+ program, the Buddy System was supported by the University of Lille and disseminated through the ESN France network.

Presentation

Designed from 2013 by 4 students in Lille after a year abroad with the Erasmus+ program, the Buddy System was supported by the University of Lille and disseminated through the ESN France network.

Results

Since June 2015 and the 2nd version of the platform, more than 25 000 users from 145 nationalities experienced Buddy System and around 10 000 pairs were made by our local coordinators in 30 French cities.