Get involved

With a Little Help From a Friend

Our Buddy Program guides freshmen and,exchange students through their first steps.

TUM School of Management is always looking for buddies who support freshmen and/or exchange students when they first arrive in Munich. By participating, you have a great opportunity to meet new people from all over the world, attend fun events and make new friends. On top of that, you might be able to improve your foreign language skills and gain in-depth intercultural competencies.
Buddies help their protégés feel comfortable after arriving in the new environment and sometimes even before they arrive in Munich. Altogether, buddies play a large role in making studying at TUM School of Management a valuable experience.
Volunteering as a buddy is a great way to meet and assist your national and international classmates and can be a lot of fun.
Therefore, as a buddy at TUM School of Management, you should be able to communicate in German and English.
TUM School of Management students who participate in the Buddy Program for exchange students receive bonus points for their own application with our TUM SOMex (incl. ERASMUS+) program.

As a buddy, you

  • explain how TUMonline works and how the campus is structured.
  • introduce the students to life in Munich.
  • help organize regular meetings and build a personal network.
  • plan and attend events such as regulars’ tables (in German “Stammtische”) and other get-togethers throughout the semester.
  • help in drawing up a personal course schedule for your protégé with the help of our staff.
  • help exchange students find accommodation and improve their German language skills.
  • provide general support for freshmen and exchange students in all study-related matters.

Become a Buddy

Buddies for freshmen

For one semester, you will support a group of freshmen. You will provide assistance during their first semester at TUM School of Management and organize events and get-togethers.

Buddies for exchange students

In the course of this one-on-one program, you will support one international student before and during his or her semester.

When filling out your application, you can state your interest in specific nationalities. This can help you establish a relationship to the country or university in which you are planning to spend your own semester abroad. We will try to respect your preferences, but there is no guarantee.

You would like to become a buddy?

The application period for volunteering as a buddy…

  • for the upcoming summer semester starts in January.
  • for the upcoming winter semester starts in July.

The application period for the summer semester 2019 has ended. The application period for the winter semester 2019/20 will be in July. The link will then be published here.

We are looking forward to receiving your application.

Buddy Program Freshmen

  • Katja Leßke
    Program Coordinator - Master Programs
  • Phone +49 (89) 289 25317
  • Fax +49 (89) 289 25070
  • Email buddy@wi.tum.de
  • Room 1545
  • Office hours

    Wed 1:30-4:30pm (general information for prospective and current students; no appointment required)
    On May 15, 2019, office hours only from 3:30-4:30 pm

    Office hours on June 5, 2019, only from 1:30-3 pm

    No office hours on May 29, 2019

Buddy Program Exchange Students

  • Gabriella Loparco
    International Office, Program Coordinator - Student Exchange Programs (Incoming exchange students)
  • Phone +49 (89) 289 25036
  • Fax +49 (89) 289 25070
  • Email buddy@wi.tum.de
  • Room 1546
  • Office hours

    Wed 2-3:30pm; Fri 9:30am-12noon

Student initiatives

From Students for Students

Looking for hands-on experience that can help you in your future career? Want to give something back?

Students at TUM School of Management are highly involved in the student union and as student representatives on the faculty council and appointment commissions. They also contribute to the design of teaching and course contents. In addition, many extracurricular initiatives are run entirely by students or rely on their engagement and energy.