Your first time at our university? That's always a bit exciting!
A new environment, new fellow students and teachers.
In short, there is a lot to deal with during the first period. Our buddies are there for you!
A buddy is a senior student who knows his way around at UHasselt. They will not only help you find your way quickly but will also guide you throughout the year. The focus is mainly on the first two quarters, but you can make appointments throughout the year if you want to. This improves your chances of success and ensures that you quickly find your feet and 'feel at home' ... at the university.
On average, you meet with your buddy once a week. Especially in the beginning, a weekly meeting is beneficial. Of course, you choose when and how (online - on campus). Your buddy does not only show you the way on campus but can also give you tips about the approach of your study, where you can play sports, etc.
Your program will inform you on how to apply and get to know your buddy.
The assignment of a buddy may differ per course. Some programmes assign you to a buddy, and others provide a match based on your preference.
When you decide to participate, you will be assigned a buddy. You will get to know them during the orientation week.
Then you are perfect to become a buddy.
Yes and no. You don't have to write reports, take evaluations, etc. Buddy is very accessible, but we expect you to invest some time in your student. In the beginning, you prefer to meet once a week.
But being a buddy is a very nice and rewarding role, so you can hardly call it a 'workload'. Giving is receiving!
In principle, you will not receive any credits for your commitment as a buddy. You do receive an official certificate for your responsibility. You will receive this at the end of the academic year.
That depends on several factors. Many more students start in the first semester than in the second semester. Of course, it also depends on how many students sign up as buddies. You may also indicate how many students you wish to mentor.
You are already somewhat experienced, but we do not leave you to your own devices. You get short training (1,5h), so you know what to expect as a buddy.
During the academic year, you can also participate in communities (3 sessions per quartile) to exchange ideas with other buddies and ask questions.
Your program will inform you on how to apply as a buddy.
Keep an eye on your student e-mail!
The buddy programme received in 2021 the 'Cultural Diversity in Higher Education' award from the Young Academy.