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  • Global Buddies

    The aim of Global Buddies is to provide a friendly welcome for new international students, helping them to settle into life in Oxford. We also hope that this scheme will improve integration and cultural exchange between International and British students at Oxford Brookes.

    See below for application form (for UK Buddies) and handbooks that have more information of what you can do together. You will be invited to join the Global Buddies Facebook group after you have applied for the scheme. If you are an international student arriving in September and want to join Global Buddies, join our WELCOME EVENT on September 28! Further details will be uploaded in Summer 2017.

  • We would like to welcome you to Oxford and help you to settle into life as a student at Oxford Brookes. The first few months at University can be an exciting but nervous time and it can take time to adjust to a new environment. Your buddies will help you:

    • Settle into life in Oxford.
    • To understand about the services that are provided by Oxford Brookes.
    • Make new British and international friends.
    • Introduce you to UK culture.

    If you want to join Global Buddies, come to our Welcome dinner! Thursday 26 January, 18:00.

    All you can eat buffet, £7.5. To buy your ticket: at the ISAT heldesk/meeting poing (John Henry Brookes Building -JHBB-, Headington, on January 23-24), at Student Central (JHBB), or at the online shop.

    You can go directly to the restaurant (at 18:00), address and map here, or you can meet us at Student Central, 17:20 to walk together to the restaurant.

    If you have any queries about the scheme then contact ISAT for more information, at isat@brookes.ac.uk

    Download the Global Buddy handbook for NEW STUDENTS (pdf)


    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.  Each buddy will be assigned 2 or 3 international students, which we will try to assign before the training session (you may be given extra buddies at the introductory event). If you are assigned Buddies by email before the event, you should contact them in advance to answer any questions they may have about coming to Brookes.

    As a buddy you can help new students with:

    • Understanding new styles of teaching and the system at Oxford Brookes
    • Feeling homesick
    • Learning to integrate into a new culture
    • Getting used to campus life and where facilities are based


    Download the Global Buddy Handbook (pdf)

    New applications are now open. CLICK HERE to apply for Global Buddies.



    Global Buddies Training Session

    If you would like to volunteer for the Scheme in September 2017, you must attend the Training and the Welcome Event on Thursday 28 September 2017. This training session is ONLY for current UK-based Buddies.

    Prospective employers are looking for applicants who have more than just qualifications. Extra curricular activities can be used as evidence of adaptable skills in your chosen career path. Your participation as a mentor in a scheme, such as Global Buddies, will enhance your CV. As a mentor you will be:

    • Developing your interpersonal and intercultural skills
    • Getting voluntary experience
    • Meeting new people and making worldwide friends through social events
    • Being part of a fun and supportive team
    • Gaining an understanding of different cultures

    If you have any queries about the scheme then contact ISAT for more information. 

  • Events Global Buddies

    Global Buddies Welcome Event. Thursday 26th January, 18:00-19:30
    Buddies and their new international students will meet at this social dinner. 

    £7.5 International food, ALL YOU CAN EAT. Places are limited, get your ticket!

    Tickets at the International Student Meeting Point (23-24 January, JHBB, Headington), at Student Central, and at the online shop.

    Ice Skating. Thursday 2nd February, 20:00-22:30 (doors open at 19:45) 

    Stay active this Winter! Throwback Thursday (go back in time, disco music 80's, 90's, 00's)

     A special student rate of £4.80, to receive the student discount bring your Brookes student card or show a valid BUS or Oxford Brookes card! You need to pay for your ticket directly at the entrance. If you want to meet other groups of buddies, please find a member of ISAT with an "Oxford Brookes" sign. 

    You are welcome to come if this is your first Global Buddies event, you will have the opportunity to meet other Global Buddies there. We could put you in contact with an UK Buddy beforehand if you are interested, please drop us an email! isat@brookes.ac.uk                                                       

    Historic Pubs Tour. Thursday 9th February, meet the guide at Martyrs' Memorial, 18:00.
    Join the tour and discover the stories behind some of the oldest and most popular pubs in Oxford.
    Learn about its history and fascinating anecdotes. Find out why these places are so special in the everyday life of local people! 


    Karaoke One World Week 


    Join Brookes staff and students for a Karaoke evening at JHBB! We are located next to the Union Bar.

    Find out more about ONE WORLD WEEK!

    🎤 🍻  It's Pub Quiz Night @ Cape of Good Hope
    Tuesday 7 March, from 20:30
    This event is free. Everybody is welcome! JOIN WITH YOUR BUDDIES & MEET OTHER STUDENTS THERE!

    Details will be confirmed nearer to the events.

    We are looking forward to hearing about your own socials with your buddies and/or other groups of buddies. ISAT is also open to suggestions of different activities, we will consider whether we can make them happen. Let us know your ideas!