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Our new international buddy programme is here! Starting from the 2021-2022 academic year, MOVE YOUR BUD(DY) gives you the opportunity to connect with the local UCLL student community. During the pilot year, the programme will only be available for students from the campuses in Leuven.

What is a buddy?

A buddy is a local student who helps you get settled in your new university city. As your first point of contact, your local buddy is there to help you with any practical questions you may have. These students are able to give you an insider look on student life in Belgium and share some secret tips and tricks with you:

  • How are classes and exams organised at UCLL?
  • What are nice places to visit in Belgium?
  • How do I use public transport?
  • What are the best places to party?

After you've been matched with your local buddy, you receive each other's contact details. It's then up to you to get in touch with each other and meet up for the first time. During the semester, you can  choose  to meet up in your free time or to (re)connect during our buddy activities. To kick off the semester, we invite all buddy pairs/groups to our Buddy bar, which will take place 12 October 2021. 

We encourage all participating buddies to take the time to learn more about each other’s culture and that way make the most of this intercultural exchange. At UCLL you not only become a moving mind, but also a moving buddy.

Ask for a buddy

You can request a buddy by filling out this form.  We try our best to start matching our buddies as from 1 September 2021. Please do not be discouraged if it takes a while, you have not been forgotten!

Stay up to date

For updates on our buddy activities, keep an eye on our website, Facebook page and/or Instagram page (to be launched soon).