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 voluntarily taken the task upon him/her to guide one or more international student(s). You can ask your Belgian buddy to try to pick you up at the 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 wellbeing 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 can 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.

We wish you a lot of fun and we hope you can learn from each other's cultures and languages! If there would still be questions unanswered or remarks you can always contact us.

Also, don't forget to join our Facebook group: ESN Gent 2020-2021

If you are a foreign student, click here:
I am a foreign student and I would like to have a Belgian buddy

If you are a Belgian student in Gent, click here:
Ik studeer/werk in Gent en omstreken en ik zou graag iemand helpen als buddy