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  • We match current UK students with new international students so you can learn from each other. The UK student will be able to help the international students settle into life in Oxford, show them the best places in town and in return the international students will bring the cultures of the world to Oxford. The scheme will help you develop your interpersonal and intercultural skills, make friends from all over the globe and gain an understanding of different cultures which looks great on your CV when it comes to applying for jobs. 

    To participate in this scheme, you must:
    - Attend the welcome event and the UK students must also attend the training session 
    - Keep in contact with your buddies at least once a week 
    - Meet up with your buddies at least twice 
    - Be inclusive of everyone within your group
    - Choose appropriate events to do with your buddies. Remember not all students are comfortable going to clubs and pubs 
    - Sign up to the Global Buddies January 2018 Facebook group if you have a Facebook account
    - Be ready to share your culture with others and have an open mind so you can learn from your buddies 

    We run a series of social events which you and your buddies are welcome to attend. Where possible, we ask you to attend at least 2 events and to give us feedback about your experience on the scheme both when it is working well and not so well.
    1. Events Global Buddies

      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! 

        WEEK 1- Tuesday 30 January, 17:00

        First meeting with your Buddies

        At The Terrace, John Henry Brookes Building (JHBB), Headington Campus 

        WEEK 2- Monday 5 February to Sunday 11 February Time for your own activities with your buddies
        Up to you!
        WEEK 3- Thursday 15 February, 16:00 - 18:00

        Meet us to play board games 

        JHB 301                                                                                                                                                                                                

        WEEK 4- Tuesday 20 February 18:00 - 20:00


        The Gallery, by the SU bar, JHBB (part of One World Week)                                                

        WEEK 5 - Monday 26 February to Sunday 4 March

        Time for your own activities with your buddies 

         Up to you! 

        WEEK 5- Tuesday 27 February, 19:00 UK buddies only 

        First drink is on us if you get there by 19:30

        You need a ticket from the online shop (available from 20 February).

        Cafe Tarifa, Cowley Road

        WEEK 6- Thursday 8 March, 20:00 - 21:30   

        Guided tour of historic Oxford Pubs  
        Free but you need a ticket from the online shop (available from 21 February).
        Make sure you bring valid ID to show the pubs you are over 18. 

        When you sign up the meeting place will be sent to you by email 
        WEEK 7- Monday 12 March to Sunday 18 March Time for your own social meetings with your buddies
        Up to you!
        WEEK 8- THURSDAY 22 March, 18:00
        Please note the change of date.

        Dinner at The First Floor Restaurant
        if you send us a report and a photo of you and your buddies together
        £7.50 from the online shop otherwise.

        The First Floor Restaurant, Cowley Road

    2. ‘Every person is a door to a different world.’ I feel this completely sums up my experience as a Global Buddy. We all have our own stories to tell and our own ways of doing things. Sometimes it is when we are taken out of our comfort zone that we learn the most about the world and grow as an individual.

      Amy, Global Buddy-UK student

      Being a Global Buddy allowed me to explore my curiosity about British culture as well as the various international backgrounds of my buddies. This also enabled me think about my own identity. This is an amazing system to ‘bridge’ ties and bond regardless of the nation, and I am proud of being part of the scheme as it gave me the chance to spice up my life here at Brookes.

      Yumi, Global Buddy from Japan
    3. UK Current Students

      • Tuesday 30 January from 15:00 - 16:45 (room TBC)  Training Session  
      • Tuesday 30 January from 17:00 in the Terrace, JHBB Welcome Event
      • Sign up here to join the programme.

      New International Students

      • Tuesday 30 January from 17:00 in the Terrace, JHBB Welcome Event 
      • Sign up for international students will open on Wednesday 24 October here