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The Buddy System

The Buddy system helps new international students settle in and make new friends at HiOA. Both Norwegian and international students can be Buddies.
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    Sign up before December 1st.

The Buddy System is designed to give new international students a helping hand and make sure they find their way around the city and settle in more quickly. In this way, we hope to ease the transition international students face when coming to HiOA.

If you have completed at least one semester at HiOA you are qualified to be a Buddy. You should be open-minded and understand the challenges new students have to deal with.

Read more about students' experience of the Buddy System

What you get from volunteering

  • You will be able to participate in promoting a great international environment at HiOA.
  • You will learn about new cultures and broaden your worldview.
  • You will make new friends.
  • You will get a chance to practise your English language skills.
  • As a Buddy you serve as a cultural ambassador and receive a certificate of participation attesting to this international experience you have gained.

How the Buddy system works

  • All new students are assigned a buddy group.
  • A group consists of 10-12 new students and 2-3 Buddies.
  • The Buddies help the group by answering questions, showing them around and facilitate the prosess of getting to know each other.
  • Together the group can enjoy all the social activities that takes place at the start of the semester.

Questions? E-mail international@hioa.no

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