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Maurizio Canavari

Full Professor

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Academic discipline: AGR/01 Agricultural Economics and Rural Appraisal


Buddy - Companionship programme for Erasmus students

The Buddy Programme in brief

Erasmus students coming from various countries to study at DISTAL can request one or more Buddies to help them during their stay in Bologna.

Buddies are students of the University of Bologna who volunteer to provide friendly support to incoming Erasmus students.

Through this experience, the Buddies have the opportunity to practise a foreign language, get to know different cultures and develop their social skills. It is a great way to have an internationalisation experience at home, which contributes to the process of personal growth and to develop important "soft skills".

Buddies can be
- students who have already participated in exchanges in the past and want to continue their international experience in another way,
- students who are considering applying for a study period abroad,
- students who are simply curious about the international environment and about practising a foreign language in an informal way.

What a Buddy can do to help an Erasmus student
- before his arrival, give their suggestions and advice to organise their stay in Bologna,
- upon arrival, familiarise them with the university areas, in particular, the DISTAL campus and the main areas of the city (e.g. show them where to go shopping, where the main offices are, etc.);
- helping them to solve practical problems that might occur during their stay;
- accompany them to events organised for exchange students;
- in general, give them advice on how to best live university life in Bologna and share with them the experience of being an Erasmus student.

Applications for volunteers are collected through the following form:

A few days after registration you will be matched with incoming students who have applied for enjoying the Buddy service.

For further information please contact the DISTAL Internationalisation Office:
Dr Erika Carnevale <>


Prof. Maurizio Canavari < [] >.
(lecturer responsible for the Buddy Programme and internationalisation of the degree in Economia e Marketing del Sistema Agro-Industriale)

Published on: July 16 2021