How to apply

Eligible are students enrolled in one of the following degree programmes:

  • BSc: Biology, Geography
  • MSc: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry

Apply as an international student

As an international student, please apply until September 15th, 2019 for winter semester 2019/20 using this application form (pdf). The prerequisite for participation is that you are enrolled in the 1st or 2nd semester in one of the above-mentioned degree programmes at the time the Buddy-Programme starts.
Students in the 1st semester will be considered with priority.

Please send the fully completed application form by email to: international-at-home(at)rub.de. Please note: You need to download the form first to complete it on your computer.

Apply as a local student (peer-tutor)

As a local student, please apply until September 15th, 2019 for winter semester 2019/20 using this application form (pdf). The prerequisite for participation is that you are studying in the 3rd semester or higher of a bachelor’s programme or in a master’s programme (1st semester or higher) at the time the buddy-programme starts.

Please send the completed application form by email to: international-at-home(at)rub.de. Please note: You need to download the form first to complete it on your computer.

Recognition / Certificate

Students of the BSc and MSc programme Biology can have their participation recognised for elective modules (BioPlus/Optionalbereich) by 4 Credit Points (CP).
Within the MSc programme Chemistry, the buddy-programme can be recognised as a part of the module Practical Science and Communication.
For requirements and tasks to be completed in each case, please refer to the respective module description and corresponding schedule (“Buddy-Pass”). With questions on recognition, please consult the student advisors and/or module coordinator at your faculty.

As an alternative, you can choose the less extensive certificate-variant of the programme – in this case, you will receive a participation certificate in the end.


The application forms, schedules (Buddy-Pass) and module descriptions are available in the section ⇒Downloads.

Important note: We try to find a matching buddy for all applicants if they meet the above-mentioned prerequisites for participation. However, there is no guarantee that all applicants can be admitted as this depends on the numbers of local and international students respectively. Moreover, the overall number of participants is limited. After the matching, we will inform all applicants a.s.a.p.