With a little help from a friend

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

Become a buddy

TUM School of Management is always looking for buddies who support freshers 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 freshers and/or exchange students receive bonus points for their own application with our TUM SOMex (incl. ERASMUS+) program.


Tasks as a buddy

Buddies for freshers

For one semester, you will support a group of freshers. 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 at TUM Campus Munich?

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 application to become a buddy in summer semester 2024 has ended. If you would like to be notified when the application period to be a buddy in winter semester 2024/25 starts, please sign up here.

Get a buddy

You are a fresher or exchange student at TUM School of Management and would like to get a buddy?


You can find more information on our Buddy Program as well as the registration link in the welcome email we are sending out to freshers and exchange students.


If you have any doubts, feel free to contact us.