I am looking for a buddy

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!

What's in it for me?

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.

What does it involve?

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.

How do I find a buddy?

Your program will inform you on how to apply and get to know your buddy.

Can I choose my 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.

How do I get in touch with my buddy?

When you decide to participate, you will be assigned a buddy. You will get to know them during the orientation week.

I want to become a buddy

  • Have you ever had a buddy who helped you a lot?
  • Do you like to help new students to find their feet at our university quickly?
  • Do you want to meet new students?

Then you are perfect to become a buddy.

What is in it for me?

  • You expand your network
  • Sufficient support: training, intervision, etc.
  • Commitment that you can mention in your CV
  • You boost your skills: active listening, reflecting, giving feedback, dealing with diversity, etc.
  • You contribute to the chances of success of starting students
  • Gain satisfaction by putting starting students at ease and helping them on their way
  • ...

Is there an additional workload on my existing programme?

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!

Do I get credits for my engagement as a buddy?

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.

How many students will I be assigned?

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.

Do I get training?

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.

How do I apply as a buddy?

Your program will inform you on how to apply as a buddy. 
Keep an eye on your student e-mail!

Just apply to be a buddy

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Award winning programme

The buddy programme received in 2021 the 'Cultural Diversity in Higher Education' award from the Young Academy.

What do participants say ...

Being a buddy is a great experience. You get to help new students and gain great friends or even teammates; I learned that I could give great advice and that my previous experiences in Hasselt are helpful. It is fun because you get to know amazing people, travel with them, and enjoy your studies together. I recommend it to any student who is open to meeting new people and wants to help.
Valeria, buddy
Valeria has been an exceptional buddy to me. Her kindness, willingness to share her own experiences and wisdom while listening closely, are all qualities that I’ve learned from. Beyond that, as a buddy she has always tried to help me become a better version of myself rather than trying to mold me to her perspective. Her constant support has been invaluable. I felt our buddy relationship was based on mutual trust and respect. My advice to others is to join  the program and just have fun, learn from each other and enjoy the experience.
Najat, new student

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