Buddy System / Système de parrainage pour les étudiants en échange

*** Form closed. Participants will receive their buddy until sunday, feb 5 2017. ***

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Being a stranger in a foreign land, lost and not knowing anyone is not the best feeling in the world. That’s why we have our buddies.

WHAT: The buddy system attributes incoming exchange students with local students: their "buddy group". Local students at EPFL who are interested in meeting new people and cultures will be matched up with exchange students of similar interests, in small groups of 3-7 persons. Locals will help their buddy to check out Lausanne and introduce them to Switzerland. This is always a lot of fun for everybody, so sign up for the buddy system and meet new people!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Just fill in the form on our website and we will match you with your buddies! http://epfl.esn.ch/buddy-system

PRICE: Like all the good things in life, it's completely free :)

WHEN: The webform opens on december 1st, 2016 and closes on january 30th, 2017

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Arriver dans un nouveau pays inconnu, être perdu et ne connaître personne n'est pas toujours facile. C'est pour ça qu'on a nos buddies!

QUOI: Le buddy system attribue des étudiants locaux à des étudiants étrangers qui viennent d'arriver à Lausanne afin de leur montrer la ville, la culture Suisse... Cette année, les buddies seront attrivués à des groupes de 3-7 personnes, ça te permet de rencontrer encore plus de monde! C'est toujours beaucoup de fun, on te conseille de t'inscrire toi aussi!

COMMENT PARTICIPER: Il suffit de remplir le formulaire sur notre site web et on t'attribue un buddy international! http://epfl.esn.ch/buddy-system

PRIX: Comme toutes les bonnes choses dans la vie, c'est complètement gratuit :)

QUAND: Le formulaire d'inscription ouvre le 1er décembre 2016 et ferme le 30 janvier 2017.

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Who is a buddy?
It’s a Swiss volunteer student, who "adopts" an exchange student, makes sure he feels like at home and helps him through the first steps of living in Lausanne.
The point of the buddy system is to help the Erasmus students to establish a social and academic network in Lausanne. The Buddy Program is designed especially to introduce Erasmus students to the city, the places to go out and to integrate them in our way of life.

What is their task?
Their task consists the first month before arriving of introducing yourself and answering some questions that concern your well-being in the city and how to reach the city. When you arrive your buddy will take you to see the city, the places to go out and places to go shopping etc. and can also introduce you to his/her Swiss friends. He/She will help you with the formalities – residence permit, opening a bank account etc.

Local Swiss students (buddies) also know where to find the cheapest beer in the city, where you can eat excellent food or party till the morning. They know which bus to take to visit beautiful parts of the city and where to go to bowling or billiard.

How long does the buddy programme take?
This should all be a lot of fun, and not be a burden to either one of you. All in all, the Buddy program will take about a few months, but of course it is free to continue seeing each other after that.

Remember, your buddy does this voluntary, meaning that he/she likes to do all these things with you; however, your buddy is not responsible for cleaning your mess.

Matching Progress
Please register to the webform until at the end of January 2017 at latest. On the 1st of february, the matching will be done and everybody will be informed by e-mail!

Have fun!!!!


*** SIGNUP spring semester 2017 - FORMS CLOSED!!!***

The registrations for the autumn semester 2017 will start in June.