When I first arrived in Cottbus, I didn’t know anybody personally, I didn’t speak any German and I didn’t have any friends. I got anxious about what seemed like a myriad of administrative things I needed to do. My BTU buddy was such a big help to me and she did all this without making me feel like I was imposing on her. From the next semester intake I also volunteered to be a BTU Buddy. I think BTU Buddies and the various associations of international students form an informal support network that really makes a big difference. It is fulfilling to help incoming students settle into Cottbus and it is these informal networks that will make it possible for them to feel at home here. To me, this is what community means.
(Mayeesha, Bangladesh, Environmental and Resource Management)
When you’re new in a city, the easiest things can become a challenge. Questions such as supermarkets, translation help at the city office or what can I do on the weekend arise.
Everything is just new and unfamiliar- but this can quickly change, with the help of BTU buddies- students from higher semesters that voluntarily engage and help international students handle all the small challenges in order to make your first days on campus as comfortable and smooth as possible.
Are you interested in supporting international students at the start of the study life at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg?
Then participate and be a BTU Buddy!
Register via Email with Student Activities Office and provide the following information about yourself:
- Study course
- Languages spoken