iBuddy - International Buddy Program

iBuddy - International Buddy Program


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iBuddy is a free multicultural exchange program that partners domestic and international students to increase cultural awareness and build long lasting friendships through a series of interactive and engaging events. This program enhances and encourages out of classroom student engagement and assists students in becoming a well-rounded global citizen. 

Why should I participate in iBuddy?
One of the most meaningful experiences you can have during college is to interact with individuals from different cultures. Being an iBuddy will allow you to learn about different cultures, develop cross cultural communication skills, and engage in lasting friendships.
 Successful completion of the program will also count for 20 hours of the service requirement for the Global Citizens Project and for Honors College students, successful program completion will count towards fullfilling Global Experience requirements. 


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What do iBuddies do?
iBuddy groups have a great time! Group activities will be planned for participants throughout the semester to keep you invested in the program. Participants need to be committed to maintaining contact with their buddy group at least once a week throughout the semester that they register for. Overall, participants in iBuddy will:

  • Communicate regularly
  • Share cultural experiences and activities with their buddy
  • Focus on furthering language skills in English and the native language of the international student
  • Connect to student life outside of the classroom
  • Create cross cultural friendships
  • Meet with your iBuddy group

An application process is required for participation in the iBuddy program. The iBuddy program's Fall 2024 applications are currently accepting submissions, and the window will remain open unil September 13, 2024. Stay connected to our webpage and other OMA social media channels for the latest updates on program developments and essential information related to the upcoming iBuddy kick-off. 

Apply now by clicking the link provided: 

Please contact us at if you have questions or would like more information.

Disclaimer: There may be some limits to the number of participants in the iBuddy Program in order to provide a quality experience for all participants. Students who apply are not necessarily guaranteeed a match. Applications are processed at the start of each semester. 

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