In order to facilitate your arrival and first steps in Paderborn, we will place you (if desired) with a German Buddy; that is, a Paderborn student that can help you after your arrival with the first steps at the university and eventually with local authorities. He or she will have already received information about you before your arrival, so that your pick-up from the train station or airport can be planned. The Buddies will also accompany you to all necessary administrative steps like the opening of a bank account, transferring payment for a semester ticket, registering at the Residence Office, registering at the Notebook Café, etc. Additionally, the Buddies are happy to help with everyday questions such as, where is the best place to buy groceries? Where is the bus stop? And how does trash separation work?
Many of the Buddies have already studies abroad themselves, maybe even in your country, and know the situation of being in a foreign country and can understand your position well. As a rule they speak English, and sometimes even your mother language.
Often your Buddy-ship forms into a year-long friendship, but in any case you will have already met a Paderborn student.