Buddy System Zlín

Buddy System Zlín is a team of enthusiastic buddy students who in their free time take care of international students studying at Tomas Bata University in Zlín. In cooperation with the TBU International Office they organize trips, excursions and other cultural and entertaining events for their colleagues from abroad. The events are aimed at making the foreigners’ stay in the Czech Republic and in Zlín enjoyable.

The first and most important task of each buddy student is to contact his/her international student before the student’s arrival and help him/her to plan the journey to Zlín. After the student’s arrival it is necessary to pick him/her up at the station in Zlín (Pick-Up service) and accompany student to his booked accommodation (usually Halls of Residence). During the academic year, it is up to the buddy student to decide whether he/she would like to get more involved in the activities of the Buddy System Zlín and whether he/she wants to organize events which provide an opportunity to get to know other international students and also students from other faculties.

In December 2011 the Buddy System Zlín became a regular member of the non-profit student organization ESN (Erasmus Student Network) CZ which involves 12 ESN clubs (sections) that take care of incoming international students at selected Czech higher education institutions. ESN CZ is a member of the ESN International which has a total of 391 local sections in 36 European countries, and associates about 12,000 students. The associate membership of this organization gives the Buddy System Zlín an opportunity to acquire and share valuable knowledge about similar clubs run at other higher education institutions and also use standard procedures, without inventing what has already been invented.

Detailed information in Czech about the Buddy System Zlín and about the activities of buddy students is available on the website: www.buddysystem.utb.cz.