Die Idee

The Buddy Program, an initiative by the Studierendenwerk Mainz, was created in 2004 and is intended for German and international students in Mainz and Bingen. Its goal is to connect them with each other and to promote the intercultural exchange between students. 

It allows international students to have an easier start in Germany and on campus,  and to get in touch with Germans from the very beginning. 

The German Buddys get the chance to meet fellow students from all around the world, to acquire intercultural competence and to improve their language skills. 

In this program, the Buddys themselves decide what they do together or how often they meet.  – It should be like in a “normal” friendship, following the motto “You can do anything, but you don’t have to”!

In addition, the Studierendenwerk Mainz organizes events, excursions and workshops that you can join and where you can meet other Buddys: cooking events, Get Togethers, hiking tours, etc.

A lot of buddys become real friends, whose friendships last for years to come, despite living in different countries.