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Request a buddy


When you know your exact arrival date, please fill in the form to request a buddy. Contact the ESN team at buddy@hsemsk.esnrussia.org for the questions concerning Buddy programme. 

If you are having a distance learning, you can also request an online-buddy. Check here in order to learn how to get one. 

Please note that both options may take some time, so you might have to wait a bit for your Buddy to be confirmed. And please remember that Buddies are volunteers and are students as well, so respect their personal time and space.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

Buddies are current HSE University students who volunteer to help incoming international students to settle into life in Moscow and feel more confident in a new cultural and social environment. You meet you buddy upon your arrival or can request their help any time throughout your stay.


What buddies do:

  • Meet you at the Aeroexpress station (not at the airport!);
  • Accompany you to your dormitory and help you with the check-in process;
  • Provide you with general hands-on experience (campus buildings, useful apps, emergency phone numbers, etc);
  • Help you deal with local documents and forms in Russian;
  • Recommend you events and places in the city;
  • Re-direct you to a person in charge in case your question requires HSE University administration's involvement.

 

 What buddies do not do:
  • Meet you during night hours (from 9 PM till 8 AM);
  • Become your full-time personal assistant (respect their personal time and space!)
  • Offer any financial or other material help.