Gent can be quite challenging when you arrive. And it can even be quite challenging to get to. Are you worried about getting to Gent? Sign up for the ESN Buddy Program today!!!
The Buddy Program is designed especially to introduce erasmus students to the city, the places to go out and to integrate them in the Belgian way of life.
Once you have subscribed you will be matched with a local Buddy (Belgian student of Gent) who has voluntary taken the task upon him/her to guide one or more international student(s). Your Belgian buddy will try to pick you up at the main train station of Gent (Gent-Sint-Pieters).
Their task consists the first month before arriving of introducing yourself and answering some questions that concern your well being in the city and how to reach the city by train. Important questions concerning your study should still be asked to the Erasmus Coordinator.
When you arrive your buddy will take you to see the city, the places to go out and places to go shopping etc. and can also introduce you to meet his/her Belgian friends. This should all be a lot of fun, and not be a burden to either one of you. All in all, the Buddy program will take about a few months, but of course it is free to continue seeing each other after that.
Remember, your buddy does this voluntary, meaning that he/she likes to do all these things with you, however, your buddy is not responsible for cleaning your mess.
We wish you a lot of fun and we hope you can learn from each others cultures and languages! If there would still be questions unanswered or remarks you can always contact us.
We would like to thank Tom from ESN Antwerp for helping us putting the registration forms online