Göttingen International

Exchange Buddy Service

Students who would like to be picked up from the train station or bus station upon their arrival in Göttingen may take advantage of our so-called “Exchange Buddy Service”. Just fill out the registration form and send it to us at International Student Services 4 weeks before your arrival.

Each semester, International Student Services works together with approximately 50 - 60 volunteer exchange buddies, who have the time and energy to greet students at the train station and bring them to their rooms. Students who have to rent a room from the Studentenwerk will also be given their keys upon arrival.

The exchange buddies support the International Student Services during the introduction days for exchange students and inform the new students about the details of the every day life of students in Göttingen. The exchange buddies also help to overcome language barriers and are able to provide information, during the orientation weeks, pertaining to the different fields of study.

During the entire stay, the volunteers function as buddies for the exchange students, help them to answer some questions about daily life or with problems and are pleased to be contacts for any other matters.

Since the buddies are often former ERASMUS students themselves, they play an essential roll in bridging the cultural gap and easing the stress of daily life abroad by helping with questions and problems.