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Buddy programme connects local and international students at Charles University. The local student, "buddy", is a volunteer who is a guide and friend to an international student. Buddies help international students with an orientation in the new environment, take care of necessary formalities at the beginning of their stay and share what the Czech Republic has to offer.
A buddy has a unique opportunity to meet students from all over the world and improve her or his language skills. It is an excellent opportunity to meet new people and discover what studying in a foreign country means.
International students arrive before the start of the semester, and that is your chance to meet with them and become a buddy. Many international students come to Charles University before the beginning of the winter semester. However, we are always welcoming new students to the programme.
Since the academic year 2020/2021, the Buddy programme has become a part of the lifelong learning programme. Buddies have the opportunity to receive a certificate confirming their participation in the programme.
Registration starts through the web application Broaddy. The buddy's registration needs to be approved by the faculty coordinator, and afterwards, the buddy will gain access to the database. Due to data protection, names and contacts are not published, but you may choose according to nationality, gender, hobbies and other available information. A chosen international student will be automatically notified. Should any personal data need to be corrected or changed, it is necessary to contact the Buddy programme coordinator. Contact information is available below.
Suppose the buddy is a student of Charles University and completed at least one semester. In that case, it is possible to receive the certificate of participation for the Buddy programme, which is now a part of the lifelong learning programme. Obtaining the certificate is purely voluntary and does not influence participation in the programme itself.
To receive the certificate for the winter semester 2021/2022, it is necessary to fulfil the following requirements:
Register to the web application Broaddy.
During the semester, the student serves as a buddy of at least one international student, who he or she chose in Broaddy.
For new buddies who have not chosen a student in the previous semesters, it is necessary to participate in the introductory lecture, where the requirements and expectations are explained. Interested participants may select from two meetings. Both of them will be conducted online and the language of instruction will be English.
September 21, 2021, from 17:00 via MS Teams. Register here.
October 14, 2021, from 17:00 via MS Teams. Register here.
Experienced buddies do not need not to participate in the introductory lecture. The Buddy Guide is available for further study and for download below.
The international student and the faculty coordinator are satisfied with the buddy's activity (no fixed criteria here, a buddy should receive no strong negative feedback)
The programme will be evaluated during the semester, and buddies fulfilling the criteria will receive the certificate.
The application process for the lifelong learning programme will be available from September 15 to October 15, 2021.
All information and recommendations are available in the Buddy Guide, which can be downloaded in English here.
Contact person for CU rectorate
Zuzana Haniková - , 224 491 893
It is also possible to join the FB group Buddy Program CUNI. This group allows the buddies to communicate and exchange experiences, help each other or obtain information concerning student events.
"She was so helpful, kind and funny! She gave me her bike; she showed me very cool places in Prague that otherwise I would not have seen. Perfect Buddy!"
- Marisol, Germany
"I'm happy to say that my buddy contributed greatly to my positive Erasmus experience. Not only he helped get around the university but he also showed me some cool places and gave me great tips, as well as being always super helpful when I had any doubt."
- Maria, Portugal
"He is genuinely one of the coolest people to hang out with, very knowledgeable but also laid back. He was also extremely helpful when I was settling in, and he was very good at keeping in touch all the way through my exchange period."
- Rudis, Latvia
If you are not already logged in to the Study Information System, you need to log in after you open the link. It is unnecessary to create a new profile, click on "Login with CAS login/username" in the right corner and enter the same data as in the Study Information System. Then click on "Life-long education courses" and enter "Rectorate" as the faculty. After displaying, you will see "Buddy programme of Charles University - WS 2021/2022" at the top of the list. Once opened, you will have the opportunity to apply. Go to apply for study and fill in only the missing data at the lower part of the page (it should only require your maiden name and contact email address). Don't forget to save and send the application.