To assist you transitioning to your life in Bogor (or, West Java and Indonesia in general) and IPB, the International Student Buddies connects new international students with local students. They provide the friendly face, helping hand, and first friendship that can make a world of difference for new arrivals. Buddies can also offer linguistic support, cultural guidance and information about life at IPB.

The International Student Buddies offers new foreign students:

     Typical activities might include:

  • linguistic support

  • cultural guidance

  • information about life at IPB

  • showing students around campus
  • locating bank, grocery stores and staple facilities near IPB
  • discussing Bogor neighborhoods to help find an accommodation
  • chatting over a cup of coffee (or any Sundanese/Indonesian local drinks and cuisines you shall try together!)

Buddies volunteers (IPB local students) and new foreign students are paired on a rolling basis during the year, allowing new upcoming foreign students to be in touch with their buddies over the beginning of semester. There is no hard deadline for signing up, although it’s important for both volunteers and new students to sign up before the term begins in order to ensure a smooth pairing.