International Buddy Scheme


Who's running the Campaign

Rachel Powell, Student Officer Equality & Diversity

What we want to change and why we want to change it

We know how hard it must be for International Students to leave their family, friends and home country to come to a completely new place – one where they mightn’t have even visited before or know anyone.

We want to make these students feel welcomed, as at home and as settled as possible in their new community at Queen’s - so we’ve set up the International Buddy Scheme!

How we are going to change it

The scheme matches up the new intake of international students with returning Queen’s students. 

It’s a great way for students (from near and far) to meet each other, have a chat, make friends and to learn more about the local area.

Volunteer to become a Buddy

We’d really encourage returning international students, as well as local students, to sign up to become a Buddy.

It’s a great way to meet new people, make friends and you even get rewarded through Degree Plus and Millennium Volunteers!

Plus, it’s what you make it – you can be a point of contact in case an international student needs some help or advice or you can meet lifelong friends.

This opportunity is now closed - please check back next year :)

International Buddy Scheme Events

Wednesday 13 September - Our first Meet-Up will be held in The Snack Bar, second floor of the Students' Union.

  • Buddies - come along at 4pm on Wednesday for training.
  • New International Students - come along for 5pm for the Meet-Up starting! You will have already been sent an email by International Student Support filling you in on more details of this event!

Thursday 14 September - Our International Traditional Pub Crawl will kick off at 6.30pm in The Speakeasy, first floor of the Students' Union!