International Support

Faculty Buddy Programme

Attention Incoming exchange students! You do not have to sign up for a Buddy at our faculty, we will assign you a local student automatically. Please note, however, that we might not have enough Buddys and you are free to additionally register for the Buddy System of ESN Vienna.

What is a "Buddy"?

Buddies are local students who help incoming students to find their way at the university and in Vienna. Particularly in the first few weeks they assist in practical matters, show interesting and important places and answer questions about typical Austrian customs.

Good to know: If you are planning to apply for an exchange stay yourself, having been a Buddy earns you extra points for your application!

Buddys are particularly important for incoming students during the first weeks of their stay in Vienna (late September to mid October, late February to mid March). Please understand that we may have to ask later registrations to re-register for the following semester.

If you would like to become a Buddy for an incoming exchange student, please register here


What are the duties of a Buddy?

  • Contacting the incoming student via e-mail, maybe even before they arrive to Vienna.
  • Helping them to choose courses and to register (Please note, incomings must fulfill the same requirements and set points like regular students!)
  • Not required but helpful and nice: meeting incomings at the airport or trainstation
  • Helping with the check-in at the dormitory or settling in at their flat
  • Helping to register at the Meldeamt (EU-citizens) or the MA 34 (other)
  • Welcome Meeting for Incoming Exchange Students: This event is only aimed at incomings. But the student representatives always organise a get-together afterwards.
  • Helping with problems in courses or with the course registration. But please contact the International Support with more tricky problems!
  • Helping with finding the way around Vienna and introducing the students to Austrian customs and peculiarities
  • Whatever you like: going out, taking trips etc.