What is it?

Our Global Buddy Scheme is a peer support scheme in which current students at Ulster volunteer their time to support new students during their first semester.

We understand that coming to live in a new country is very exciting, but it can also be challenging, and it may take time for our international students to adapt to their new surroundings. This scheme helps in this transition through peer support and by giving students a social connection on campus.

Who can apply?

  • Any new international student studying at Ulster.
  • Existing Ulster students who have been at Ulster for at least one semester.

How does it work?

Current students wishing to take part in the scheme can complete an online application form. New international students register their interest via a short online form to help our team arrange support during the semester.

Current students, or our Global Buddies, will be required to attend a training session in advance, so that they understand the expectations of the  programme and how to best support new students before arrival.

A welcome event will be organised for each campus where all participants in the scheme can meet in person for the first time to become acquainted. This usually will take place in the first few weeks of each semester and more events will run throughout the semester.

Our Student Buddies will make regular contact with our new students and to arrange meet-ups regularly throughout the semester.

How long does the scheme last?

The Global Buddy Scheme runs for 1 semester at a time, and begins at the start of semester 1 and  semester 2.  Students may volunteer with the scheme for as many semesters as they wish while they are a registered student at Ulster. Students will need to complete a separate application for each semester they wish to take part.

For students completing the EDGE Award, the Global Buddy Scheme can only be submitted once for accreditation. To find out more about the Ulster EDGE Award, click here.

Why become a Global Buddy?

Listen to what past buddies have said about their experience in the Global Buddy Scheme.

Information Sessions

If you're interested in the Global Buddy Scheme and would like to know more about what participation entails, we would encourage you to attend one of our webinars where you can meet the team and ask any questions that you may have. Please register for one of the following sessions:

Webinar Details
Global Buddy Scheme: What is it and how you can get involved Thursday 25 April 11.00am Register for 25 April Webinar
Global Buddy Scheme: What is it and how you can get involved Tuesday 30 April 2.00pm Register for 30 April Webinar

Contact us

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please email globalbuddies@ulster.ac.uk.