The University of Antwerp organizes an online one-on-one opportunity to give new international students, researchers and staff a warm welcome in Belgium and facilitate an enriching intercultural experience. 

Get your buddy

Arriving in a new country can be challenging!

Organising housing, getting your papers and administration sorted out, finding your way around the city and at your new university campus… It’s often a stressful period. This without mentioning the whole new social network you need to build up and getting to know the city, country and culture.

UAntwerp BuddyProject offers international students, researchers and staff a warm welcome in Belgium and facilitates an enriching intercultural experience, both for the international buddies as for the hosts who participate.

International incoming students, researchers and staff are paired with (Belgian) hosts. Participants are matched based on their own interests, hobbies, goals and language preferences through the GenSpeak platform. Once buddies are matched, they are naturally free to work out themselves how they meet, where and how often.

So, if you feel like sharing cultural experiences, practising a language, undertaking joint activities or hobbies, sign up as a host or buddy!


Hosts are participants who are familiar with life in Antwerp or Belgium.

As a host you welcome an international incoming student, researcher or staff member in Antwerp. During informal activities you get to know each other’s culture, practise your language skills and add value to your buddy’s Belgian stay, as well as enrich your own cultural experience. You can determine the frequency of buddy meetings yourself when setting up your profile, so that the expectations are clear on both sides.


Buddies are all new and recently arrived international incoming students, researchers and staff members who would like to get to know life in Antwerp and who want to meet a local host!

How do I sign up?

Registration and matching buddies and hosts is done through the UAntwerp BuddyProject App (hosted by GenSpeak).

Step 1: Create a profile on the UAntwerp BuddyProject App
Provide information about yourself and your preferences and goals for a buddy:

  • Personal interests
  • Language preferences
  • Frequency of meeting
  • One or multiple buddy matches

Step 2: Find your buddy match based on your personal preferences or wait for a matching round based on your preferences and buddy goals. Matches are run on a frequent basis. The first is scheduled beginning of the new academic year.

Step 3: Meet up with your buddy/host or make plans to see each other at one of the activities organised by the University of Antwerp!

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