Are you a host?

The University of Antwerp yearly hosts international Global South students from Asia, Africa and Latin-America. To give incoming students a warm welcome and give them a feel of the Belgian hospitality, the University foundation of Development Cooperation (USOS) is looking for hosts (students, PhD-students and Academic staff) at home in Belgium/Europe.

Are you an international incoming student from the Global South?

Studying in a new country is always a big challenge, especially in the beginning. Organizing housing, getting the papers and administration sorted out, finding your way throughout the city and at your new university campus… It’s often a stressful period. This without mentioning the whole new social network you have to build up, often not even leaving a minute of leisure time for relaxing activities. As an international incoming student from the Global South we invite you to participate in the Buddy project.

Why participate?

- Build up your international social network in Antwerp
- Tour in the university/city
- Practice languages
- Exchange culture
- Share hobbies (sport, culture, café…)


Every type of engagement is encouraged. If you have time to meet your Buddy once this is as valuable as when you have time to meet your Buddy every week. We expect you to enjoy at least one activity together during the first semester.

Get to know other Buddies on the Buddy kick-off event, the 2nd of October in Zomaar een Dak (Prinsstraat 32) from 7 P.M to 9 P.M.  

"My buddy and I became friends and therefore, we will probably keep planning activities for the next semester."

Am I a host or am I an incoming student?

Hosts are participants who are familiar with European culture:

- Belgians
- European citizens
- Participants who live for more than two years in a European country with roots in a non-European country

As a host you welcome an international incoming student in Antwerp. Throughout informal activities you get to know each other’s culture, practice your language skills and help make the Belgian stay an unforgettable experience!

Incoming students from the Global South:

- Asian students
- African students
- Latin-American students

As an international incoming student you meet local hosts, who are at home in Belgium/Europe.

European students who are looking for a Belgian Buddy are recommended to join the ESN-Buddy project. ESN is the European students network.

Buddy profile?

The Buddy project is on the one  hand open to (inter-) national students, PhD-students and academic staff from the university of Antwerp. On the other hand the Buddy project welcomes international incoming Global-South students.

In academic year 2018-2019 170 participants joined the Buddy-project. With 54 nationalities we managed to cover 27% of the existing countries in the world. 30% of the participants is Belgian. Most of the universities’ faculties participate in the project. The age of Buddies and hosts lies between 21 and 35. Since the majority of students from the global South is older than 25, most of the Buddies are between 25 and 35 years old. Do not hesitate to join the movement!

How do I apply?

Step 1: Fill in the interest form

Step 2: Make a profile on our Buddy App
- Introduce yourself (personal interests, hobbies, language preferences, expectations and frequency of meeting Buddy, campus…).
- Find your Buddy matches* based on your personal preferences.

*Participants are not restricted on having merely one Buddy match. You can have as much matches as you like. You can change Buddies if it does not work out or have more if you match preferences with multiple participants.

Step 3: Join the Buddy Kick-Off or other group activities       
Wednesday the 2nd of October in “Zomaar een Dak”  (Prinsstraat 32, 2000 Antwerpen) from 7 to 9 P.M   

"I thought the buddy kickoff was a nice way to start the programme. The awkwardness of being matched was slightly relieved. Adding games to the proces was really a bonus and a interesting way to get to know each other. Not only do you get to know your buddy better, but also the other participants in the project."          

For more information, contact mitte.scheldeman@uantwerpen.be

Buddy in pictures