The Buddy Programme

What is the buddy program?

Every year, Aarhus BSS welcomes hundreds of international students that are starting their full-degree, either bachelor or masters. To give them the best possible start to their new student life in Aarhus, Studenterlauget created the Buddy Programme to help new international students integrate socially into BSS. The programme has been up and running since 2006!

Each year, the Buddy Programme coordinators will hire new buddies (volunteers), who are current students at Aarhus BSS, to welcome the newcomers (new full-degree international students at Aarhus BSS) by creating a bunch of social events, making new friends and having fun. The programme will be introduced to the newcomers in their introduction days.

In short the Buddy Programme is…

  • A social programme for new international students at Aarhus BSS
  • Created to help you settle socially in and have an awesome first semester
  • Multiple events during your first semester at Aarhus BSS

What is a Buddy?

A buddy is a volunteer who is a current student from Aarhus BSS, socially interested and open-minded, knows the campus and the city of Aarhus, Denmark and Danish culture. A Buddy can be both an international and a Danish full degree student at Aarhus BSS. 

Buddies gain many benefits from the programme, like the opportunity to improve their language skills, participate in social events, create an extensive social network, gain international experiences with students from all over the world and much more!

What is a newcomer?

A newcomer is an international full-degree master or bachelor student who just began studying at Aarhus BSS and is assigned to a Buddy (exchange students cannot participate).

What can newcomers expect?

  • You’ll be assigned to a Buddy as well as a Buddy Group
  • A big introduction day
  • A pub crawl
  • A city tour
  • A Christmas dinner
  • Smaller Get-Togethers and activities in your Buddy Groups

To qualify as a newcomer, you must:

  1. Be an international student
  2. Be a full-time student
  3. Be new to Aarhus


I have questions, where can I find the answers?

If you are interested in joining the programme, or have any questions regarding the programme, you can contact the 2024 project Coordinators, Inesa & Kamilla, at buddy@studenterlauget.dk

Charlemagne Youth Prize

In 2012 Studenterlauget’s Buddy Programme won the Danish qualification round in the highly recognized Charlemagne’s Youth Prize 2012.

The European Charlemagne Youth Prize aims to encourage the development of European consciousness among young people, as well as their participation in European integration projects.
The Prize is awarded to projects undertaken by young people that foster understanding, promote the development of a shared sense of European identity, and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community. The European Charlemagne Youth Prize is awarded jointly and annually by the European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen.