iBuddy - International Buddy Program
iBuddy is a free 9-week program that takes place during the fall semester. The program
partners international and domestic students to increase cultural awareness and build
lasting friendships through a series of campus events and social programs. The iBuddy
program enhances and encourages out of classroom student engagement that assists participants
in becoming global citizens.
Registration for Fall 2018 is closed. Applications will open again in late Summer 2019.
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.
Looking to increase your global and cross-cultural leadership skills? Applications for the iBuddy Leadership Board are now closed. Check back in Summer 2020 for new opportunities.
What do iBuddies do?
iBuddy pairs 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 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 weekly with your iBuddy
Please contact Laurie-Ann Spencer if you have questions or would like more information.