The Global Buddies Program 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 Program 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 program and a friendly attitude.

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

For Home students

The first few months at university can be an exciting but nervous time and it can take time for new students to adjust to their environment. You could help a new student by taking part in our global buddies program. As a buddy you will work as a point of contact for a new student, and be someone they can go to for help and advice. Once you have been assigned with one or more 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.

If you are interested in being paired with an international student as part of the global buddies program please fill out the application form and email it to studentevents@gcu.ac.uk.

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For International students

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 nervous time and it can take time to adjust to a new environment. You may then want to consider taking part in our Global Buddies Program. The program pairs you, with a home student to give you a buddy that you can go to for help and advice during your first few weeks in Scotland. Your buddy 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 paired with a home student as part of the buddy program please fill out the application form and email it to studentevents@gcu.ac.uk.

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