KTH International Buddy Program

Get involved by mentoring a student via the KTH International Buddy Program. On this site students can also learn more about how to get a mentor during their exchange studies abroad.

Becoming an International Buddy

By getting involved as a mentor in the KTH International Buddy Program you can contribute to a higher quality education and a better experience for our students. Through sharing your knowledge and experience, in matters great and small, both the student and you will gain new perspectives.

If you want to stay connected with KTH, provide guidance to a student and at the same time be a global ambassador for both your business and KTH, then becoming an International Buddy is right for you. The International Buddy Program is designed to provide personal and professional development for both the mentor and the mentee and is based on an open and confidential relationship.

Register here

KTH International Buddy Program is a new and exciting way for KTH alumni to get involved with mentoring and coaching current KTH students in an international arena. The purpose of the program is to match up KTH students embarking on an exchange program abroad with local KTH alumni volunteers living and working in that particular area.

As an alum and mentor taking part, the program will provide fresh insights into what life and education at KTH is like today and you will have the opportunity to really make a positive impact on the student’s international experience.

As a student and mentee taking part, you will gain understanding of what it’s like working in an international setting after graduation and you will benefit from the alum’s experience and advice.

Students traveling on exchange studies into one of these countries will be informed about the opportunity to meet a local International Buddy (mentor) and invited to sign up to take part in the scheme. Parallel to this KTH will approach KTH alumni stationed in these countries, asking them to register their interest to become an International Buddy for a student (mentee).

The matching up of mentors and mentees will be done by the KTH Alumni office who will as much as is possible consider factors like educational background, industry and other interests.

At the end of the term the program will be evaluated and the aim is then to be able to roll it out to more countries.

Getting an International Buddy (for students)

Taking part in the International Buddy Program as a student (mentee) gives you a fantastic and unique opportunity both to make the most of your exchange term/year and to expand your international network. Local knowledge and support is invaluable when moving to another country. You will gain important insights working in an international setting and get helpful tips and advice on how to increase your career prospects.

The International Buddy Program is designed to provide personal and professional development for both the mentor and the mentee and is based on an open and confidential relationship. All mentors are former students (alumni) of KTH.

Register here

FAQ

Common questions about the KTH International Buddy Program.

  • What is the KTH IBP (International Buddy Program)?

KTH International Buddy Program is a new and exciting way for KTH alumni to get involved with mentoring and coaching current KTH students in an international arena. The pupose of the program is to match up KTH students embarking on an exchange program abroad with local KTH alumni volunteers living and working in that particular area. For alumni, the program will provide fresh insights into what life and education at KTH is like today and you will have the opportunity to really make a positive impact on the student’s international experience. As a student taking part, you will gain understanding of what it’s like working in an international setting after graduation and you will benefit from the alum’s experience and advice.

  • Why should I get involved as a mentor in KTH IBP?

Because sharing of your experience and knowledge gain through work and life will be invaluable to the student and rewarding for you. Through mentoring a student you help the student have a better, safer and higher quality exchange. You also become a global ambassador for both yourself, your business and KTH.

  • My job is not particularly ‘cooI’ or exciting, would I still be interesting as a mentor?

As long as you are passionate about sharing your knowledge and experience, helping our students, it doesn’t matter where you work. As you will know, a degree from KTH can take you into all sorts of industries and workplaces and they are all interesting in their own different ways. The program is also not just about work, it’s equally about introducing the student to the local area and local customs, making them feel welcome and supported during their stay.

  • What is expected of me as a mentor (Buddy)?

KTH Alumni will let you know when the student will be arriving in your city/area and we would like you to make contact as early as possible and after that arrange a meeting. Start off with a coffee on ‘neutral ground’ and try to gauge what things your mentee might need to know and how you would like to plan the program. This meeting is all about getting to know each other and getting of to a good start for your program and for the student’s exchange. We don’t stipulate how often you need to meet up after that but for both of you to get the most out of the program we suggest no less than once a month. In addition to just meeting up for a chat you could perhaps arrange for the mentee to ‘shadow’ you during a working day, attend a cultural/traditional event together and if there is a KTH Alumni Chapter or group locally you can invite your mentee along to meet with them.

  • What is expected of me as a mentee (student)?

The most important thing is that you prepare well for your meetings with your mentor and that you have thought through what you would like to get out of the program. Be respectful of the fact that the mentor is giving of their time and has volunteered to share of their experience with you. Both you and your mentor have got a responsibility to make sure that the program becomes successful and mutually beneficial.

  • I’m not happy with the person I’ve been matched up with, can I get another mentor/mentee?

Even with the very best of intentions, sometimes things don’t work out. KTH Alumni is committed to making this as positive an experience as possible for both parties so it’s important that you raise any concerns with us. We will then try to resolve the issue to everyone’s satisfaction. Should you wish to be teamed up with someone else then we will try to accommodate. Please note, however, that this will be subject to mentor and/or mentee availability.

  • What happens at the end of the exchange term/year?

When the student returns to KTH the mentorship within the International Buddy Program comes to an end. Both mentor and mentee will at that stage be required to complete an evaluation of the program. There is of course nothing stopping the mentor and mentee from keeping in touch in the future as well, that would only be positive, but the IBP part won’t continue. If the mentor has enjoyed taking part in the program s/he will be matched up with a new mentee.

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Current updates and quotes from program participants - one month into the program

”Martin and I finally metup last Friday for a quick coffee (busy agendas for both), and it was great. We both got to know each other and there’s definitely a good symphony - well, we ended up having a few beers Friday night and Saturday night!”

”I am very excited to participate in the International Buddy Program!”

I´m happy to meet Madeleine over a coffee or lunch any time soon

”From now on and as the program encourages, we’ll definitely be in touch for any advise needed and meet up quite often.”

The KTH International Buddy Program is looking great.”

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Want to know more about KTH International Buddy Program? Please get in touch with project manager Hanna Sundelin hsunde@kth.se  or alumni@kth.se

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Last changed: May 27, 2019