Buddy System / Système de parrainage pour les étudiants en échange

*** Updated version for academic year 2020-2021  ***

[Version française plus bas]


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.


The buddy system attributes incoming exchange students with a buddy group consisting of 2-3 locals and 4-6 exchange students. Local students at EPFL who are interested in meeting new people and cultures will be matched up with exchange students of similar interests. Locals will help incoming students 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!


Go to https://buddysystem.eu/en/register with your favorite browser, and fill the required information.

If you are an exchange student, please select the "international student" box, and put "2" for the number of buddies wanted.
If you are an EPFL student, please select the "local student" box, and put "6" for the number of buddies wanted.

NB: Once your account is verified, please define your date of arrival (very important). You can also add a profile picture and define your interests and hobbies if you want. The more information you give, the best matching you'll get !
Do not feel forced to give personal information that you do not want to share. For security reasons, please use a password specially dedicated to this website.

If you have any questions concerning the Buddy System please send a mail at buddy@epfl.esn.ch

Your beloved ESN EPFL committee!


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!


Le buddy system attribue des étudiants en échange qui viennent d'arriver à Lausanne à un buddy group composé de 2-3 étudiants locaux et de 6-10 étudiants étrangers. Les étudiants de l'EPFL qui sont intéressés à rencontrer de nouvelles personnes avec les mêmes passions les aideront à découvrir Lausanne et la Suisse. C'est toujours beaucoup de fun, donc n'hésite pas à t'inscrire !


Inscris-toi sur https://buddysystem.eu/en/register 
Si tu es un(e) étudiant(e) en échange, il te suffit de sélectionner "international student" et "2" pour le nombre de buddies. 
Si tu es un(e) étudiant(e) de l'EPFL, il te suffit de sélectionner "local student" et "6" pour le nombre de buddies.
NB: Une fois que ton compte est activé, il est important de définir à partir de quelle date tu es à Lausanne. Tu peux également ajouter une photo de profil et définir tes intérêts et hobbies. Plus tu complètes ton profil, meilleures seront les chances de tomber sur une personne ayant des points communs. Cependant, ne te sens pas forcé de donner des informations personnelles, et veille à utiliser un mot de passe uniquement dédié à ce site. 

En cas de question, il est possible d'envoyer un mail à buddy@epfl.esn.ch

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

Matching Progress
Once enough people are registered, matches will occur and you will be notified on the website.

Have fun!!!!