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Welcoming new international students to Brookes
Starting at university can be a challenging time, especially if you are also travelling to a new country. Being part of Global Buddies helps make this experience a positive and rewarding one.
The Global Buddies programme brings together our current UK and international students with newly arrived international students. Current students (mentors) can share their experience and provide tips about how to settle into life at Brookes and new international students will share their unique experiences and culture.
There will be a number of free and subsidised organised events (see below) that you can go to with your Buddies as well arranging your own activities. This is a great way to make friends from all over the globe, and being part of a peer mentoring scheme looks great on your CV.
To participate in this scheme, you will be expected to:
At the end of the semester, buddies who have successfully completed the activity will be entitled to:
Date and time
Wednesday 29 January
17:45-19:45 (from 15:45 for current students)
Global Buddies Welcome Event
First meeting with your buddies.
Booking: free event, but registration to the Global Buddies programme required before Thursday 23 January, 11am.
Location: Headington campus. Room details will be sent to students who have registered.
Wednesday 5 February
17:45 - prompt arrival essential
Junkyard Golf Club
Join other Global Buddies for a new experience: a 9-hole jungle-themed crazy golf course in a club atmosphere!
Please make sure you bring your ID and student card with you
Booking: reduced-price tickets (£3) available from the online shop from 30 January
Location: Westgate Oxford, Oxford OX1 1NU
Monday 10 February
Crafts, board games & snacks
Enjoy a relaxed evening with your buddies. We’ll provide snacks.
Crafts: origami, masks creation
Board games include (but are not limited to): Cluedo, Oxford Monopoly, Scrabble, Jenga, Pictionnary, mikado and playing cards. You’re welcome to bring your own too!
Booking: free event, registration required on the online shop (from 30 January)
Location: JHB 204, Headington Campus
Thursday 20 February
Guided tour of historic Oxford pubs
Join our guided tour with your buddies and discover the stories behind some of the oldest and most popular pubs in Oxford. Learn about their history and fascinating anecdotes. Find out why these places are so special in the everyday life of local people.
If you want to buy a drink at the pubs, make sure you bring your ID with you.
Booking: free event but booking on the online shop is required (from 5 February)
Location: details about the meeting point will be sent to students who have successfully reserved a ticket for the tour.
Friday 28 February
Work together with your buddies to solve puzzles, beat the clock and escape!
Booking: reduced-price tickets (£12) available from the online shop from 14 February
Location: Westgate Centre, Oxford, OX1 1TR
Thursday 5 March
Dinner at the First Floor restaurant
All-you-can-eat world buffet: Thai, Chinese, Indian cuisine and lots of desserts!
Booking: registration required. 2 reduced-price tickets:
Location: First Floor restaurant, Cowley
Week 7 onwards
Time for your own activities with your buddies