Registration for the Spring semester 2018 is now open. The first matching will be done in week 2.

International students sign up here.
Norwegian students sign up here.

What is the buddy programme?

The purpose of the buddy programme is to assist international students in Trondheim with integration in the Norwegian student life. The local buddy gets the opportunity to practice a foreign language, get acquainted with different cultures and get involved in the international community in Trondheim. The local buddy is a (Norwegian) student in Trondheim, who has signed up to provide a friendly support to a foreign student arriving in Trondheim. We will do our best to find a matching buddy and exchange student. Since many of the Norwegian students are interested in practicing a foreign language, we are trying to match according to the language the foreigner speaks. We will also try to match according to gender and campus. The amount of interaction and support is completely dependent on the interests of both of you. However, to avoid possible misunderstandings, we have some simple guidelines:

  • Both buddies should agree upon and exchange an efficient contact method - phone, email, Facebook etc.
  • A local buddy should be able to, on request of the guest, to give support for at least 15 minutes per week (based on a mutual agreement of a suitable time) in form of a common meeting
  • During the whole semester, the local buddy takes the guest to at least one social event (party, visit some culture, trip, etc.) where the majority of the students will be Norwegian students

These guidelines are just to give you a little hint, and are not strictly obeyed. Throughout the semseter ESN Trondheim will arrange parties and also buddy-events (quizzes, hiking trips, paintball etc.). We hope to see you!
Make sure to follow Buddy Trondheim on Facebook to get the latest updates regarding the buddy programme. All buddy-events will be posted there.

Where do I sign up?

International students sign up here.
Norwegian students sign up here.

How does it work?

You sign up, and when and if there are enough students signed up you may be matched with a buddy. Both international and Norwegian students sign up online and fill out a form with basic information about themselves. The first buddy-matching will take place around the third week of classes. When and if you get matched, you will receive an email with information about your buddy. If you don't get a buddy or haven't signed up before the first matching, you may still get a buddy at a later date. We match buddies continously throughout the semester. Please note that we can't guarantee that everyone will get a buddy.

The schedule for the buddy events fall 2017