Join the Buddy programme

At Business Academy Aarhus all new international students are offered a Buddy. A Buddy is a current Academy student, who volunteers to help new international students get off to a good start in Aarhus. But practical help is just one aspect of our Buddy programme.

A unique programme and opportunity for you

The Buddy programme offers Buddies and international students the opportunity to:

  • Participate in exclusive social and business-related activities 
  • Build a valuable international network
  • Improve language skills
  • Strengthen the personal and professional skills you need to work internationally

Current students who actively participate as a buddy, also receive priority in Erasmus/go-abroad programmes and activities. 

Unfortunately, this programme is not open to exchange students.

Get a Buddy

When you are accepted into Business Academy Aarhus as an international student, we offer you the opportunity to get a Buddy and join our Academy's Buddy Programme. The sooner you apply, the quicker we can pair you with your Buddy.

During your first semester, your Buddy will help you settle in and answer any questions you may have. In addition to this, you and your Buddy will take part in a number of social and business-related activities. These activities are exclusively for students who are part of the Buddy programme. The purpose of these activities is to help you:

  • build an international network 
  • get integrated into Danish society 
  • develop the personal and professional skills required to work internationally

What is a Buddy?

A Buddy is a Danish or international student at Business Academy Aarhus, who has volunteered to welcome 2-3 new international students to Denmark and the Academy. 

How do I get a Buddy

If you are a full degree international student:

  • You apply for a Buddy online by filling out the application form.
  • When you have sent your application, you will receive an e-mail from the International Office to confirm that we have received your application. 

If you are an exchange student:

  • Your Buddy will be the Student Assistant at the International Office. This happens automatically so you don’t have to apply to get a Buddy. You will receive more information after you are admitted as an exchange student. 

What can my Buddy help me with?

Before you begin your studies at Business Academy Aarhus:

  • Your Buddy will contact you via e-mail to introduce themselves and help answer any questions you may have.
  • For instance, your Buddy can help you with information about:
    • How to get from the airport to Aarhus
    • What it is like to study at the Academy
    • Where to find housing online (N.B. It is not your Buddy’s responsibility to find you a place to live. Your Buddy can only help you find out where to sign up for housing and where to look for housing)
  • If your Buddy is unable to help you with your questions, they will refer you to International Office - buddy@baaa.dk.

When you begin your studies at the Academy:

  • Your Buddy can help with answers to practical questions. For instance:
    • How to get a CPR number (and what a CPR number is!)
    • How to get a mobile phone
    • Where to get a cheap bike
  • Your Buddy will participate in a number of social and business-related activities with you during the semester. You can expect there to be about 1-2 activities per month. The activities vary from semester to semester, but an example activity could be:
    • A Danish dinner at your Buddy’s home
    • A Pub Quiz
    • A networking workshop
    • A seminar with professionals who have worked internationally

In addition to these, your Buddy will plan 1-3 activities for you to do together during the semester.

If you accept the offer of having a Buddy and join the Buddy programme we expect you to participate in all the planned activities. They are planned exclusively for your benefit, your Buddy and the other students who have signed up for the Buddy Programme.

You can find more information about the activities in the current activity calendar.

 

What can I expect from the Buddy Programme?

You can expect to:

  • Be introduced to life in Denmark and get help from a Buddy from Business Academy Aarhus.
  • Meet and socialise with Danish and international students at Business Academy Aarhus.
  • Participate in exclusive activities that help you build an international network and develop skills to work internationally.

FAQ

  • Is it free to join the Buddy Programme activities?
    International Office covers the expenses for the planned activities in the activity calendar, so yes - it is basically free to join the Buddy Programme. You can, however, expect to have some small expenses in relation to the activities. For instance, you may need to buy a bus ticket to get to an activity.    
  • I’m an exchange student – can I join the Buddy Programme?
    The Buddy programme is not for exchange students. As an exchange student, you get International Office’s student assistant as a Buddy and they will answer your practical questions etc. You will receive more information about the help you can get from the student assistant when you are admitted as an exchange student to Business Academy Aarhus.

Apply for a Buddy

For study start in January 2020, the application deadline is 30 January 2020.

The personal data you provide to Business Academy Aarhus via this form is used to manage your enquiry. We will take care of the personal data you have entrusted us with and will treat it in accordance with all the applicable legislation. Read more in our personal data policy

Become a Buddy

Sign up to become a Buddy if you:

  • Want to receive priority for Erasmus/go-abroad programmes and activities. 
  • Want something extra to put on your CV
  • Want to improve your English skills
  • Want to welcome international students into Danish society and life at Business Academy Aarhus

Who can become a Buddy?

Any Academy student – international or Danish – who has passed their 1st semester can volunteer and sign up to become a Buddy.

To become a good Buddy, however, you also need to be a motivated host who wants to help the international students and take an active part in the Buddy programme.

What is expected of a Buddy?

We expect you to:

  • Help 2-3 international students through their first semester. You help by introducing them to life in Denmark and by answering questions about the Academy, project work and practical things such as transportation, grocery shopping etc.
  • Participate in 1-2 social or business-related activities per month during the semester. The activities could be:
    • a Danish dinner at your home,
    • a pub quiz,
    • a networking workshop,
    • a seminar with professionals, who have worked internationally
      The International Office plans these activities exclusively for students participating in the Buddy programme – and we expect you to join (and benefit) from these activities.
  • Plan 1-3 social activities with your international students during the semester. In addition to the activities International Office plans, you volunteer to plan 1-3 activities for your international students during the semester. You can arrange the activities yourself or team up with another Buddy and make plans together. Here are some activity ideas:
    • take your international students to your football or handball practice,
    • plan a film night,
    • go for a walk in Marselisborg Dyrehave,
    • see more ideas
  • Do your best. If you went to a foreign country, you would appreciate any help you could get to settle in – and you would probably like to get to know someone there too. So put yourself in the international students’ shoes: what kind of Buddy would you like to get if you took a semester or internship abroad? Be a good host and do your best to make your students feel welcome.

We do not expect you to:

  • Find housing for your international students. You can provide them with links and information on how to sign up for accommodation. If your students need additional help, refer them to the housing information on the website or the International Office.
  • Socialise with your international students 24/7. You might become great friends with your international students. You might not. We do not expect you to do more than help your international students and socialise with them at the activities International office plans and the 1-3 activities you plan. But if you want to do more – you certainly can!

What are my tasks as a Buddy?

Before the international students arrive:

  • You attend a Buddy information meeting. At this meeting, the International Office will clarify your role as a Buddy and present you with the activity calendar for that semester’s Buddy programme. You will also get information so that you can answer your international students’ questions, for instance how to find a place to live, how to get a mobile phone, a CPR number etc.
  • You contact your international students via e-mail. Before the international students arrive, you will be assigned 2-3 students. The International Office will send you an e-mail with their names and e-mail addresses, so you can contact them. In the e-mail, you should write a little bit about yourself – your age, study programme, your best travel experience or a fun fact about yourself – and ask them if they have any questions you can help answer.

When they arrive:

  • You can offer to pick up your international students at the train or bus station. They may already know someone here who will pick them up, but if they don’t it would be a nice gesture.
  • You and your international students participate in the planned activities.
  • You plan 1-3 activities for your international students during the semester. You might want to team up with another Buddy and plan something together. Get ideas for activities here

What are the benefits of becoming a Buddy?

  • You are prioritised when you apply for summer school, study abroad or grants administered by the International Office
  • You get an official Buddy diploma that states you have volunteered for the Buddy programme
  • You get to participate in exclusive activities that help you develop your personal and professional skills needed to build an international career
  • You improve your language skills
  • You get something extra for your CV

FAQ

  • How many international students will I be a Buddy for?
    You will be a Buddy for 2-3 students from different countries.
  • How many events will there be during the semester?
    International Office has planned approximately 1 activity per month. In addition to these activities, we ask you to plan 1-3 activities for your international students during the semester.
  • What will the international students need help with?
    How to find a place to live (you can help, but it is not your responsibility to find accommodation). How to get a mobile phone, a CPR number, SU or a bike. How to open a bank account, find a job and numbers to call in case of emergency (112, 118 etc.) You will get all this information at the Buddy Information Meeting
  • I am an international student. Can I become a Buddy?
    Yes, you can. Any Academy student who has passed their 1st semester can sign up to be a Buddy.
  • How long am I a Buddy?
    You volunteer for one semester. If you want to be a Buddy again, you sign up again - online, just like you did the first time.
  • Can I choose who I become a Buddy for? 
    The short answer is ‘no’. We will assign you 2-3 international students with different nationalities. If possible, we will pair you up based on your study programme.
  • What should I do if I can’t answer a student’s question?
    You refer them to International Office at buddy@baaa.dk
  • Is it free to join the Buddy Programme activities?
    International Office covers the expenses for the planned activities in the activity calendar, so yes - it is basically free to join the Buddy Programme. You should, however, expect to have some small expenses in relation to the activities. You may, for instance, have to buy a bus ticket to get to one of the planned activities. You decide what it costs for the 1-3 activities that you plan yourself. For instance, if you plan to take your international student to a film, you each pay for your own ticket. If you take them to your football practice, your international students only have to spend money on transportation.

Apply to become a Buddy

For study start in January 2020, the Application deadline is 13 January 2020

The personal data you provide to Business Academy Aarhus via this form is used to manage your enquiry. We will take care of the personal data you have entrusted us with and will treat it in accordance with all the applicable legislation. Read more in our personal data policy

(you must use your Academy email ending with @students.eaaa.dk)

Planned activities

Planned activities for Autumn 2019

Date / time / place 

Activity
19 August 15:00
We meet in front of Mig & Ølsnedkeren bar, Mejlgade 12, 8000 Aarhus 
First meeting – beer & talk
23 August 19:00
Meeting point TBA 
Pub-crawl
28 August 14:00
Sønderhøj 30 
Semester start festival
29 August 13:30
Ringvej syd 104 
Boardgame cafe
8 and 9 September (12:00)
Fiskerivej 2F, 8000 
Aarhus Two-day camping trip with grill party and teambuilding
13 September 20:00
Sønderhøj 30 
Back to school party
14 September
Tivoli Friheden 
Tivoli Friheden in Aarhus
End of September
Meeting point TBA 
Food Maker
October
Student House Aarhus  
Professional event
October/November
Meeting point TBA

Trip with Student House Aarhus
6 December 2019
Basement (Sønderhøj 30) 
Christmas comedy & æbleskiver

 

Ideas for activities

The Buddies agree to plan 1-3 activities for themselves and their international students during the semester.

Here are some activity ideas: 

  • Go to Basement (the student bar at  Sønderhøj Campus) to:
  • get a Friday afternoon drink
  • play a board game (you can borrow games in English at the International Office)
  • Go to an event at Studenterhus Aarhus – for instance, you could go to a concert or watch a Champions League match on a big screen.
  • If you play handball, football or any another sport, invite your international students to one of your weekly training sessions 
  • Go into Aarhus on a Thursday Night Quiz at Tir Na Nog
  • Go see a film together
  • Visit ArosMoesgaardDen Gamle By (The Old Town Museum) or another museum
  • Go for a walk – for example in Marselisborg Dyrehave
  • Go bowling
  • Go ice skating in Aarhus Skøjtehal
  • Play a game of minigolf
  • Visit Tivoli Friheden

Summer activities:

  • Go to the beach
  • Play an outdoor game – for instance, beach volley, softball or Kubb (known as "Viking spil" in Denmark)
  • Have a barbecue in a park or at the beach

Contact International Office

You are welcome to contact us if you have any questions:
Phone: +45 7228 6000
E-mail: buddy@baaa.dk