The Global Buddies Programme aims to provide a friendly welcome for new international students, helping them to settle into life in Scotland. We also hope that this scheme will improve integration and cultural exchange between international and home students at Glasgow Caledonian University. Buddies are matched based on common interests like sports, movies or outdoor activities. The Buddy Programme is free and voluntary. All participants will become part of our exciting Global Buddies community including a number of events and socials.

The only requirements are commitment to the programme and a friendly attitude.

Watch our video below highlighting the benefits for home and international students of enrolling in our Global Buddies Programme. 

Applications for this semester will close on Sunday 22nd of September 2019. 

Global Buddies International

We would like to welcome you to Scotland and help you to settle into life as a student at Glasgow Caledonian University.

The first few months at university can be an exciting but also a nervous time and it can take time to adjust to a new environment. Taking part in the Global Buddies programme will help you to settle into GCU life as a student. By taking part in the programme you will be paired within a group of students made up of both home and International students, which will allow you to have a a group of buddies that you can go to for help, ask questions/advice during your first few weeks in Scotland. 

They will help you with:

  • Understand about the services that are provided by Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Help you make new British and International friends.
  • Introduce you to UK culture.
  • Help you get to know the city.
  • Help you practise your conversational English.

If you are interested in being part of the buddy programme please fill out the application form below and email it to studentevents@gcu.ac.uk

Global Buddies Home

The first few months at University can be an exciting but also a nervous time, and can take time for new students to adjust to their environment. The Global buddies programme is a great way for you to help new students feel at ease. By taking part in the Global Buddies programme you will work as a buddy, to allow the new students to have a point of contact for a and be someone they can go to for help and advice.

Once you have been assigned with a group of International students, you should contact them in advance to answer any questions they may have about coming to GCU. The main areas that you can offer your help to are:

  • Provide an understanding of the services that are provided by Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Promoting relationships between home and international students.
  • Introduce them to UK culture.
  • Help them get to know the city.

In the past this programme worked on a one to one basis, however due to the high number of International students that are interested, we have decided to work work with the students in groups. Working in groups will allow our new students to meet not only our home students but also other new students. As part of the group you may also have other home buddies this will all depend on how we feel you are matched after filling out the application form below.

If you are interested in being paired with a group of International students as part of the global buddies programme please fill out the application form and email it to studentevents@gcu.ac.uk.

Download - Global Buddies Application form 2019

Global Buddies