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Academic Buddy Programme

Join the programme!

Do you want to participate in the Academic Buddy Programme?
Registration for Semester I, 2020-2021 has opened! You can register until 8 September 2020.
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Asking for peer feedback by native speakers is possible throughout the whole academic year. This means help with university course work (written/oral) in French, German, Spanish, English, Italian or Dutch.
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Academic Buddy / Academic Buddy & Language Assistant

Within this programme students have two options: be (1) Academic Buddy or (2) Academic Buddy & Language Assistant.

Everyone who joins the programme becomes an Academic Buddy (AB):

  • you will be matched to another student and you can help each other with practical, cultural and social things with regards to university/student life/studying in the Netherlands or abroad.
  • Being an Academic Buddy also means you will be invited to workshops/ activities (two of which are obligatory) focused on Intercultural Communication & Competences.
  • Being an Academic Buddy as well gives you the opportunity to join social activities organised by BuddyGoDutch activities.

Extra option: Language Assistant (LA)
If besides being an Academic Buddy, you (as international or UU/UCU student) want to offer language assistance to other students, you can also become A Language Assistant (LA): 

  • You can help one or more students with their written and/or oral skills in his/her/their mother tongue(s) by providing them with peer feedback (not necessarily your Academic Buddy).
  • It is possible to receive EC for this role. Please check the EC requirements on the website.
  •  You will receive two workshops in peerfeedback didactics.

Are you an international student and what to become an Academic Buddy?

  • International students who are on exchange at Utrecht University (faculties of HUM, LEG or FSBS) will be matched to a UU/UCU student who will him/herself go on exchange next Semester to your home destination (university, city or country).
  • International students who follow their degree at Utrecht University (faculties of HUM, LEG or FSBS) will be matched to a UU/UCU student who will go on exchange next Semester to your home destination (university, city or country).
  •  Also want to become a Language Assistant? Students that need help can contact you through the Language Assistant Database (only accessible with UU Solis-IDs).

Are you a UU/UCU student and want to become an Academic Buddy?

  • UU/UCU students who will go abroad the next Semester will be matched to international students from their exchange destination (university, city or country), who have come to study at UU/UCU.
  • UU/UCU students who would like to become an Academic Buddy, but are not going to study abroad, will be matched to international students who have come to study at UU/UCU based on their country or language interests.
  •  Also want to become a Language Assistant? Students that need help can contact you through the Language Assistant Database (only accessible with UU Solis-IDs).

When signing up for the programme, please indicate for which of these roles you would like to be matched. Everyone in the programme will be able to join the social activities organised by BuddyGoDutch.

Sign up here

Matching & Meet your Academic Buddy

Based on your information you will be matched to one, or if indicated more, student(s).

  • Matching criteria: the most important criterium for matching will be the common country, and if possible city of exchange and/or the language(s) indicated.
  • Matching procedure: Semester I (September), Semester II (February).
  • Meet your Academic Buddy Event: after the matching has been done, you will be invited to join the ‘Meet your Academic Buddy’ event organised in cooperation with BuddyGoDutch.

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