A buddy can help you get adjusted to your new life in the Netherlands. How nice would it be if you have someone who can answer your questions, give you tips and explain how things work here? Our experienced international student buddies, can help you find your way.

Why having a student buddy?

A buddy can help you off to a good start of your studies, by sharing their own personal insides with you. You will be matched with an international buddy, who has similair interests as you. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet your buddy online, months before you actually start your studies. 

Our buddies are trained to coach you. By having regular online meetings, they can help you with possible obstacles and will do their utmost best to motivate and stimulate you. Moreover, your buddy will connect you with other first-year international students via online and physical events that will be organised. So you can connect with new friend before you are starting your studies!

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Meet some of our student buddies

''My name is Eliza and I come from Bulgaria. I'm 21 years old and I follow the International Human Resource Management programme. After classes, I usually spend my time at my favorite café in Enschede where I study, work on my laptop and read books. It's very motivating to study with a friend as I feel the urge to be productive all the time. But besides that, I'm also part of an Honours Programme which helps me to learn in entertaining ways.

Working at Saxion gives me opportunities and teaches me how to take responsibility. I got more confident in my abilities and met many new people who later turn into my friends. If you want to spice up your daily life, the buddy program is exactly for you!''


''My name is John and I’m a 2nd year International HRM student from Ireland. I’ve lived in Enschede for two years and some of my favourite things to do are play some sports, go for a drink with friends and also meet new people! Right now, I work as a Student Ambassador for Saxion which really opens doors to make connections wherever it takes me.

The main motivation I have to become an onboarding buddy is to give a helping hand if someone needs it. I didn’t have this when I started my time at Saxion so if I can shine a light on the experience for someone else that would be great. Looking forward to meeting you!''

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''My name is Yanislav, but you can call me Yani. I’m 21 years old and I’m coming from Bulgaria. I’m currently studying International Human Resource Management programme. In addition, I’m also following an Honours Programme – Creativity in Finance and Management, which help me getting to know even more classmates (also from other programmes ). I really enjoy listening to music, visiting new countries (which is luckily slowly becoming possible again ). I’m not so good at sports, except for skiing, which I really like.

The things I really enjoy at Saxion are the practical approach, so we are working with real companies from the first year, and the fact that our classes are small, meaning you have a very good personal contact with your classmates and your teachers. I believe that I can definitely help you to prepare for and start this new chapter of your life as easy as possible, as I’m currently working at the International Office of Saxion and due to my own experiences as an international student.


''My name is Oleksandra Shevchenko and you can also call me Sasha. I come home from Ukraine and I am an Hotel management student. Besides my main study, I also follow Honors Program of Innovation and Business Creation. In my spare time I like going out with my boyfriend and friends, listening to music, running and I do a bit of yoga and ballet. 

Since I study Hotel Management, hospitality and taking care of people are my passions. I would like to welcome you at Saxion and help prior to the beginning of your studies here. I would love to meet you all soon!''


Read the experience of student Deetya from India, who was connected to buddy Mitchelle from Zimbabwe

‘In the very beginning I had no connections in The Netherlands. The onboarding programme was for me a gateway to Saxion. Mitchelle was my student buddy. She has been through this process before me. She knows exactly what it is to start here. It helped me so much to understand what I could expect and to feel confident about my move to another country. Next to that, I connected with a lot of people from my study programme Physiotherapy before I even arrived in Enschede. Some of them are one of by best friends now.’

FAQ about getting a student buddy

You can sign up for the buddy programme the moment you have been (under condition) accepted for an English taught bachelor or master programme at Saxion.

The buddy programme starts form the 1st of April onwards and will last till mid-October.  From the moment you register, you will be matched with a buddy. It can be right from the start in April, but you can also start from June onwards. It’s up to you ;)!

We will start online in the months before the summer holiday. It will start as an online programme where you will have 1-by-1 meetings with your student buddy.

However, we will organise physical meetings and activities too from the end of August. This will enable you to finally meet your buddy and other first year international students at our campus.

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Meet Lucija and read her motivation to become a student buddy

My name is Lucija and I come from Croatia. I am 21 years old and I study Tourism Management, 3rd year. I live in Deventer. It’s a lovely city for cycling, hanging out with friends, meeting new people, and reading a book in the park. Everything I enjoy doing! In my spare time, I participate in an Honours Programme that allows me to meet new people and learn about myself. Working for Saxion has been the highlight of my time here. I would like to help you, the new students, experience Saxion the same way I did – as a safe, inclusive and accepting place.