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 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/she can be helped when needed.

Objectives of the Buddy System
The Buddy System is dedicated to international students who, thanks to the platform, will have the opportunity to develop a relationship, 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


How can you join?

Three of ESN Irelands Sections, ESN DCU, ESN Maynooth and ESN TCD are a part of the Buddy System. If you are attending these Universities and would like to join you can sign up here: