What is the Buddy System?

The Buddy program is promoted by University of Siena in cooperation with ESN Siena GES association. Its purpose is not only to assist exchange students with practical matters regarding their settlement in the new country. It mainly aims at facilitating integration in the Italian academic life and the Italian student community.

The Buddy program is, above all, a great opportunity to make new friends from other parts of the world and to create long lasting intercultural friendships! In the framework of the program, the Buddy gets the opportunity to practice a foreign language, get acquainted with different cultures, develop his/her social skills; the buddy also gets the chance to participate to sponsored social events to meet his/her fellow Buddies and to participate to the exclusive ESN Siena GES events (trips, visits to special places of Trieste, parties and the famous Speed Meeting!).

   Who is the Buddy?                                                                                                            

Buddies are motivated students from Siena University, who sign up to provide a friendly support to a foreign student. The candidate profiles of Buddy students are many: previous exchange students willing to continue the international experience they had while abroad are natural candidates, but also other Italian students who are currently contemplating the idea of applying for an exchange program or simply curious about international life!

Furthermore, the many international students who have been around for one semester or more, for sure have precious tips about how to survive in Siena to share with new incoming students: they also are natural candidates to become Buddies!

    How can a Buddy help me?

The ‘buddy’ carries out a very important piece of work in connection with the integration of the international students at Siena University. In fact, by participating to the Buddy program, each international student will have the chance to deeply get to know the Italian culture and its life-style. Also, every exchange student will be provided with smart and practical suggestions on how to survive as a student in a new environment.

Think for example at bus lines, where to find cheap prices in supermarkets, addresses of each faculty and how to get there, party places, nearby locations to visit and many other practical matters such as registration with local authorities, banks, etc..

    Sei già uno studente dell’Università di Siena?

Se sei uno studente UniSi e vorresti praticare una lingua straniera e conoscere studenti provenienti da tutta Europa, ora puoi! DIVENTA UN BUDDY!

Il nuovo progetto Buddy System, sviluppato dall'Univeristà degli Studi di Siena e ESN Siena GES, mira a mettere in contatto gli studenti UniSi con gli studenti internazionali di scambio, che studieranno un semestre o un intero anno accademico presso l'Ateneo senese.

Leggi quali sono i requisiti e la modalità di partecipazione: www.unisi.it/buddysystem

COMPILA IL FORM ONLINE ENTRO IL 25 GIUGNO 2017 e lanciati in questa nuova esperienza!

Contatta l'Ufficio Relazioni Internazionali all’indirizzo e-mail incoming@unisi.it o ESN Siena GES all’indirizzo siena@esn.it e informati su come poter partecipare al programma, diventare anche tu un Buddy e contribuire a far integrare al meglio gli studenti internazionali!

More information:
- Buddy System 
- USiena International Office
- ESN Siena GES