Are you a student at the University of Basel? Are you interested in cultural exchange? And would you like to show someone new to the city around? Then, you're exactly the person we're looking for!

ESN is a student organisation, which organises events and trips for exchange students. In order to help them find their way around Basel, we established the Buddy System.

And here's where you come into this:

The Buddy System is based on student volunteers, who'd like to make new friends and help out an exchange student with settling in Basel. As a buddy you will help your assigned exchange student when they have questions (e.g. "What café/bar would you recommend?") and also meet up with them from time to time (or invite them along to hang out with your friends!). At the same time, you'll get to make a new friend, share your culture and learn about another culture too!

Where do I sign up?

Simply fill out this form if you are interested in becoming the Buddy (please only fill out this form if you are able to be a Buddy next term). If you are currently abroad yourself but want to be a Buddy upon your return, indicate so in the comments section of the form.

We will get in touch with you once we have found a suitable exchange student. We try to do the matching as early as possible because the beginning of the term is usually the time when exchange students need your "help" the most. However, we never know when or how many exchange students sign up for this programme.

If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact us via the contact form on our website.