Hi all, my name is Elin Torpman. I was an exchange student during my senior year of my Bachelor’s Programme in Business and Economics at Uppsala University in Sweden, studying at the Haskayne School of Business during the fall of 2019. I was also a part of the IBSA Buddy Program during this time. I joined the IBSA Buddy Program since I felt that it could be a program where I could have fun experiences throughout my exchange and also a program where I could make friends from all around the world. Being part of the IBSA Buddy Program was one of the best experiences of my exchange semester in Calgary, since it was there I made some of my lifelong friends and also made some of my favourite memories from my exchange semester!
I would recommend joining the IBSA Buddy Program to anyone planning on going on an exchange to the Haskayne School of Business, since it is a program where you will meet so many amazing people and also a program in which you will make so many fun memories. One of my favourite memories from the IBSA Buddy Program is when all of us buddies went on a Banff trip and got to know each other better by hiking in Grassi Lakes and exploring downtown Banff together. We got to see the beautiful nature Canada has to offer, and have lunch in the cozy downtown Banff area whilst also having some free time exploring downtown Banff.
During the fall we also went to a hockey game together which was a really fun experience, and we also had a bowling night in which we all competed against each other. These are just a few of the great experiences I had through this program. The Buddy Program was also really great in which I could always talk to someone if I had any questions regarding university or Calgary. The buddies were all very welcoming, knowledgeable and nice towards us exchange students.
My experiences through the IBSA Buddy Program contributed to my amazing exchange semester. If you want to make friends from around the world, have fun experiences during your exchange, and also explore what Calgary and its surroundings has to offer, I would definitely encourage you to join this program. I am so thankful that I joined the IBSA Buddy Program, for all the fun experiences, and also for being the place where I made some lifelong friends. So, don’t doubt it, join and have the best exchange semester!