What is the Buddy Network?

In the Buddy Network Program Göppingen students welcome international students to the campus in Göppingen. The Buddy Network connects German students to new international students to help adjust to life at Esslingen University, on the Göppingen campus and in Germany in general. Join in, meet lots of new people and participate in the events that take place throughout the semester. Events such as the Meet & Greet, a BBQ at one of the beautiful places around Göppingen, a pub quiz, a bike tour, a gaming night and more.

The 4 ways for both international and German students to participate:

1. Join the Buddy Network on Facebook


Join our group on Facebook and keep up-to-date with all activities and events on our Facebook pageIf there is an event that catches your interest simply join in and make international friends.


2. Be an event organiser

Apart from some events like the Meet & Greet at the beginning of the semester, the rest of the events are volunteer-run by students. And we can always do with hand or even more hands.

So if you wish to organise any activity (even just one) please sign up as an event organiser. Below there are some ideas for activities, but don’t hesitate and let your thoughts flow. If you have any other ideas you can always organise something else.

Make sure you sign up, so we can contact you and offer assistance and support.

Ideas for events:

  • Pub crawl
  • Visit to a museum
  • Walk in the beautiful countryside around Göppingen
  • Hiking in the Alps
  • Pub quiz
  • Cookery evening
  • BBQ
  • Gaming night
  • Table Football competition
  • Language café

3. Be a tandem partner

Learn a language with a conversation partner!

Would you like to

  • practise your second language in a face-to-face conversation?
  • practise your listening and speaking skills just by having a nice chat?
  • learn the “real” language, not the textbook version?
  • improve fast and effectively?
  • have fun and make friends from different cultures?

Sign up and you will be matched with a suitable partner. Then you organise everything with your tandem partner, e.g.

  • How often will you meet?
  • How long will you talk for ?
  • What are your interests?
  • Would you like to work on grammar? Vocabulary? ...

For tips see also our FAQ about the Tandem Scheme.

What are you waiting for ... sign up right now!


4. Be a buddy

All international students are registered as a buddy automatically upon acceptance to Esslingen University. International students will then be matched with one or two German students.

So we need German student buddies who help the international students to settle in during the first weeks of the semester.

Just imagine what it must be like to come to a foreign country, with a language you don’t understand, and a culture you don’t know, with no friends (yet). You might feel a bit lost, awkward and lonely.

As a German buddy you will be matched with an incoming student. You should get in contact with her or him before their arrival in Germany. When the semester kicks off you can then support her or him in matters of study and everyday life. And if everything turns out perfectly you and your buddy are a perfect match, you could end up with friend for life!

So don’t delay - sign up today!