How to support international student during exchange – Buddy program

Centrum Programów Międzynarodowych
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Buddy program
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International Center at SGH in cooperation with Erasmus Student Network SGH has introduced a program of care and support for international students called "Buddy". Each of the arriving interational exchange student gets a tutor selected from among SGH students.

The key to the success of this program is to provide reliable information about the tasks and responsibilities associated with looking after an international student. That is why SGH has prepared a unique guidebook that clearly and easily presents which formalities an international student should complete and when. We have assigned specific tasks and tips for the Buddy to each area.


One of the interesting effects of the Buddy Program SGH introduced is the practical "Guide for Buddy - how to support well an international student during an exchange at SGH". If you want to use our guide and use this idea in your university, we warmly encourage you to do so. The guide is available in an electronic version at:–-jak-dobrze-wspierać-zagranicznego-studenta-podczas-wymiany-w-sgh

Kontekst / założenia

International students implementing the exchange program at SGH Warsaw School of Economics often submitted comments on too many procedures and obligations related to the legalization of their stay and settling matters related to living in Poland. Not knowing Polish language was an important barrier hindering the organization of residence matters. This made it difficult to settle formalities, for example in some offices.