Study Buddy Programme

Information for local students (2nd or higher semester)

Discover new perspectives and meet students from all over the world

The Study Buddy Programme promotes intercultural exchange between international and local students. It is supposed to make it easier for international students to enter student life with your help.

To this end, the International Office would like to provide every international student with an experienced student before they start their studies at LUH.

  • Are you interested in international exchange?
  • Would you like to acquire intercultural competence and improve your language skills?
  • You would like to support a small group of two or three international students on their arrival in Hanover?
  • Then get involved as a "local" Buddy!

Aims and objectives of the programme:

  • enabling intercultural exchange
  • make it easier for students to arrive in Hanover and at LUH
  • undertaking joint activities
  • be a contact person for your buddy and help with questions
Registration for the wintersemester 2023/24

The registration for the wintersemester 2023/24 is closed and will be possible again for the summersemester.


Procedure of the programme
  1. Registration using the form on this website
  2. Attend one information event
  3. Allocation of the buddy groups
  4. Contact via e-mail by the local Buddies
  5. By arrangement: Pick up your buddies from the station, escort them their apartment
  6. First meetings of the buddy group
  7. Undertaking joint activities
  8. End of January: Fill in the evaluation
  9. If necessary request a certificate of participation
Please contact the Study Buddy Team, if you have any questions regarding the programme


  • Who can participate?

    The programme is open to students of all disciplines interested in voluntary work and exchange with people from other countries and cultures. You should be in your second semester at least.

  • When should I register?

    As soon as possible. For the summer semester you can register from the beginning of February until the beginning of April and for the winter semester from the beginning of August until the beginning of October.  Matching does not occur based on when you register, but rather on your availability.

  • When will the international students arrive in Hanover?

    The arrival of international students varies greatly, thus cannot be anticipated with certainty. Most students arrive in Hanover in September and October for the winter semester or in March and April for the summer semester. Some students arrive earlier to participate in language course or similar.





  • When will Study Buddies be allocated?

    Study Buddies will be allocated in August for the winter semester and in February for the summer semester. The exact date will depend on when the international students arrive as well as your availability. In general, matching ends in April or October.

  • Will my preferences be taken into account?

    Preferences with regard to languages spoken by the international buddy and their native country will be taken into account where possible. However, the number and nature of international students that register as well as your availability will determine whether such wishes can be fulfilled. Thus, fulfilment of such wishes may not always be possible or may only be partially possible.

  • Who can I contact with any questions?

    The Study Buddy Team is happy to help with any questions you may have concerning the programme and will gladly assist you in finding the relevant contact person with respect to any other questions. You can contact the Study Buddy Team via email at .

  • How can I meet other buddies?

    The information event at the beginning of the semester is a great opportunity to meet other local buddies. Additionally, there will be a kick-off event each semester, where all local and international buddies can get to know each other.

    Throughout the semester, there will also be events organised by the International Office, where local and international students will have many opportunities to meet.





  • Information events

    Numerous information events will take place at the beginning of the semester (March/April and September/October). They will comprise an informative component, a short workshop on intercultural communication and a get-together where local buddies can get to know each other. The information events are identical in terms of content and you therefore only need attend once. Attendance is compulsory in order to receive a certificate at the end of the semester.

  • Certificate of Participation

    Certificate of Participation

    If you require a certification of your voluntary work (e.g. for BIKO), certain requirements must be met.

    • you must attend one of the information events (information component, workshop and get-together)
      You only need to attend once during the course of your studies
    • At the end of the semester in which you participated, you should also complete an evaluation form (see website). You need to complete this evaluation form every time you are requesting the certificate.

    In order to receive a certificate for participating in the programme, you must request this via the website – it will not be issued automatically.

We are looking forward to your feedback at the end of the semester and your request for a certificate:
Julia Harmeling
Administrative/Technical Staff
Office hours
Mon. - Thu.
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover