Dear Incoming student,
If you go through this page you'll find very important information for your future experience in our
University and in our city. This page was written by Erasmus students for Erasmus students.
is a project promoted and led by Erasmus Student Network Pisa
which offers you the amazing possibility of having a friend who can help you during
your experience here at Pisa University even before it starts!
This project, as ESN itself, is volunteer-based,
that means that people who belong to it are moved by
nothing more than the wish of being helpful to the incoming student, have fun with them and have a cultural
exchange like the one you will be having thanks to the Erasmus project.
In a few words, the aim
of the Meet-a-Mate project is to assign each incoming student to a local student
(called buddy) who can help him during his stay.
We'll manage to assign you the buddy who best matches your profile,
for instance a guy who can speak
your language and who is enrolled to the same faculty as you. Unfortunately the drawback of being a
is that the availability of a buddy who meets all the parameters is not guaranteed.
We cannot guarantee that you'll even have contact with your buddy before your arrival, again because it
depends on the availability of volunteers at our university (consider that the period when most of the
Erasmus students are coming is usually exam session or holiday, that means that many students are busy or
out for vacation).
That being said let's come to the operative points.
To apply and enjoy the benefits of the Meet-a-Mate
project you are need to:
1. Write an e-mail to this address
with the following info about yourself:
-name and surname
* (the e-mail that you use most often)
-expected arriving date
-further info (i.e. spoken languages, interests, …)
Don't bother writing more that what you are asked to, we'll enter in our database all that you have
given. This is the necessary and sufficient info required to participate.
2. You'll receive a confirmation e-mail by Meet-a-Mate Pisa reporting that your application has been
processed. Make sure you receive that in the following 48 hours, if it doesn't happen try to write
again specifying that is your second attempt. Anyway this is not supposed to happen.
3. Depending on the availability of our buddies and potentially on congestion of applications in peak
periods like September or February, you may receive the e-mail with the contact of your buddy
before or after your arrival. We may be struggling to assign you a buddy in the first weeks of your
staying. Don't forget that you can ALWAYS rely on hour help even outside of the Meet-a-Mate
project: just contact us from our website or visit us in our office in Via Fermi n.8.
4. After you (and of course your buddy) get the e-mail with your corresponding contacts the most is
done, now it's your turn, it's time to get to know each other and to meet. Of course if you still want
to: nothing in the whole system is compulsory for anybody. That's how it works, that's why it
If you have any further questions don't hesitate to write us, we'll be pleased to answer.
See you in Pisa.