ESN France is based on students helping students, its first aim is to welcome and include international students in the local life of their new city. In order to fulfill that aim, ESN France has developed the BuddySystem.
The Buddy System is an online platform matching international students and local students for a buddy programme. The platform, developed centrally, provides management access to local stakeholders responsible for coordinating the integration of the incoming students. After the pairing is complete, international students can benefit from a personalised welcome, thanks to their local buddy. It includes: support for administrative procedures, one-to-one visit of the city and place of study. To sum up they can be helped when needed.