Study Buddies to the rescue: How to improve your life at university

Schloss Wackerbarth

Schloss Wackerbarth

In my first article How life in TU Chemnitz could be, I mentioned that I felt alone for a while after I arrived in Chemnitz. Now, I want to tell you something about the Student Buddy Program (it is called Patenprogramm in German). To join, go to the TU Chemnitz homepage and search for “Patenprogramm” or “The Buddy Program” or just click the link at the end of this article, and it will lead you straight to the page. You should then register on it to become a ‘Godchild’ (Patenkind).

I want to introduce this program especially to newcomers because it will add joy and excitement to your time at TU Chemnitz.

I registered on the Buddy Program around a year ago. I receive notification of different events via email from them. Recently, I went along to two events: the history and culture trip to Weimar from the 21st to 23rd of October and the trip to Schloss Wackerbarth on 28th October.

Schloss Wackerbarth

Schloss Wackerbarth

In both cases, the notification emails were sent to all the members of this program at least one week before the trip. The emails contained information about whole trip, such as the date, place, address, fee, registration procedure and the deadline for registration. All of the emails sent are in English and German to ensure that everyone understands. So, if you want to join a trip, register as soon as possible because normally there is a limited number of seats available, sometimes with a maximum of thirty people allowed. If you are not fast enough, you might miss out, for the early bird catches the worm!



Normally, the Student Buddy Program covers the costs of daytrips. However, depending on the place visited, you sometimes have to contribute a set fee. For example, the trip to Weimar was a three-day trip, and we stayed in a hostel in Weimar for two nights; thus, we had to pay 40 euro by ourselves. This amount covered the transportation (roundtrip train tickets and bus tickets, two nights’ accommodation (breakfast and dinner were included)) and tickets for museums. But the daytrip to Schloss Wacherbarth was free of charge.

I must say that I enjoyed both of the trips. The trip to Weimar helped me to make new friends and expanded my knowledge of the history of German literature, music and even religion. The trip to Schloss Wacherbarth gave me a chance to taste different wines which are produced throughout Saxony. And during both trips, Germany’s beautiful landscapes made for a wonderful experience.

In a word, join the Study Buddy Program, and make your life at university more enjoyable.

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Xiaoxi Li

(Master English & American Studies, 3rd Semester)

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