GSLS Buddy Programme

The buddy programme of the Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) and Life Sciences Representatives (LSR) is a programme developed to help new international GSLS Master's students, and students that performed their Bachelor’s outside the UU, to integrate quickly and easily.

As a new student, you will probably have questions about many things, such as enrolling in courses, locations of University buildings, good bike shops, and so on. If you join the Buddy Programme, we will match you to a student who is currently enrolled at the same programme as you. You are then able to ask your buddy any question that comes up. If your buddy is not able to answer, you can ofcourse always contact the official channels (e.g. UU International Office).

Still have questions about the Buddy Programme? Then please contact: buddyprogrammeGSLS@gmail.com

As an international student, you are probably not familiar with Utrecht, the university and the Dutch academic culture. That is why we, the Life Sciences Representatives (LSR), a student representative body, have set up a Buddy Programme. This programme pairs new international students with current students, who can lend a helping hand to new arrivals.

Buddies can offer support in all sorts of ways, in person or by email. Typical "buddy" activities might include showing international students around at Utrecht Science Park ( “De Uithof”/ campus), providing information about education and administration, explaining the public transport system, locating banks and housing services, or simply chatting over a cup of coffee. A number of social activities will be organised by us for all participants of the Buddy Programme.

If you are a new international student and would like to make use of the Buddy Programme, you can sign up by filling in the Google Form. Participation in the Buddy Programme is completely free of charge. If you apply, you will be paired with a buddy as soon as possible, so you can get in touch before your first term starts.

We hope to provide you with a helpful resource throughout your stay in Utrecht. If you have any questions about the buddy programme, do not hesitate to email us!

Life Sciences Representatives

Would you like to help out new international students starting their Master’s at Utrecht University this September? Sign up for the buddy programme!


The buddy programme pairs up new international students with current students in the same graduate school. As a buddy you can support your international student in all sorts of ways, for example by showing De Uithof, providing information about education and administration, explaining the public transport system, locating banks and housing services, or just simply by chatting over a cup of coffee. 


Furthermore, exciting social activities will be organised for all participants of the buddy programme! During the Introducing Life Sciences week, there is a buddy programme event on Thursday September 5th. Besides that, you’re invited to the Orientation programme on Friday August 30th and the dinner and party (!) on Friday September 6th.

Having a buddy means a great deal for international students, but it is also a unique opportunity for you to make new international friends and broaden your network!


Interested? Sign up  here.

If you have any questions about the Buddy Programme, do not hesitate to contact us via buddyprogrammeGSLS@gmail.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Kind regards,
The Buddy Programme Team