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The Diversity-Buddy-Programme


...is designed to support first and second semester students who are the first in their family to study at the university. They are supported by their more experienced fellow students and have access to joint events on various topics relating to studying at HHU.


For many, starting university marks the beginning of a new phase in their lives - with new environments, new responsibilities and new challenges. For first-generation students, however, starting their studies is often more difficult than for their fellow students from academic households.

The aim of the Diversity-Buddy-Programme ‘1stGeneration@HHU’ is therefore to help students who are the first in their family to study to overcome hurdles and make studying easier for them. In the best case scenario, long-term networks are established and friendships formed that extend beyond the Buddy-Programme.

Duration: 1 year

Start: annually in the winter semester

Information for Junior-Buddies

Are you in your 1st or 2nd semester and the first student in your family? Everything is new and you have lots of questions? Then you've come to the right place. We will help you find a suitable Senior-Buddy who will support you during your studies and provide you with advice and assistance. We also offer interesting lectures, workshops and other support to help you get off to a successful start to your studies.

Information for Senior-Buddies

Would you like to volunteer alongside your studies and pass on your experience to future students? Then you've come to the right place. We will help you to find a suitable Junior-Buddy who you can support during your studies. In addition to acquiring a volunteering certificate, you can take part in various workshops and acquire important soft skills for your professional life.

Further information about the programme

  • Events and Dates
  • Workshops

    As part of ‘1stGeneration@HHU’, four workshops with different topics are offered. Participation in three of the four workshops is compulsory.

    Further information will follow.

  • Useful Information and contact points
  • Application portfolio-Check

    The first impression counts! Good application documents are the first step towards a successful application process.

    We are therefore happy to offer you an application portfolio check. You can send your application by e-mail to diversity@hhu.de. After an initial review of your documents, we will get back to you with helpful tips and advice for a convincing application.

    Please inform us about current application deadlines so that we can bring forward your enquiry accordingly.

What is the motivation behind "1stGeneration@HHU"?

What former Buddies say:

"I hope that I have someone I can come to with all my questions and problems. Someone who understands me. I hope that I will be supported in my studies and that I will be helped to develop my skills so that I can improve in my studies." (Junior-Buddy, 2022)

"I am also the first in my family to go to university and I know how many hurdles this can involve. New terms, people and a new system can be quite overwhelming, especially if your family can't support you. I would like to get involved as a senior buddy to help first-generation students get started at university (...)." (Senior-Buddy, 2021)


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