• The Terrace social event
    • Escape Hunt
    • Ice skating
    • Bowling
  • Global Buddies

    Welcoming New International Students to Brookes

    Global Buddies gives a warm and friendly welcome to new international students at Brookes through our programme. Are you looking to make new friends from all four corners of the globe and transition into Oxford life quickly? It doesn’t matter whether you are shy or outgoing, anyone can join!


    Registration for next semester (September-December 2021) will open on the following dates:

    • Mentors: now closed
    • Buddies: now closed

    More information: see "How do I join?" below

    What is Global Buddies?

    Global Buddies runs every semester and brings together our current UK and current international students, who we call Mentors, with newly arrived international students, called Buddies, through organised events and activities. Many of these events are free or subsidised, and our Events team has even organised the first 6 weeks (see below), so bring your enthusiasm along and eagerness with you to make new friends. Groups are also free to organise their own activities!

    Mentors can share their experiences and provide tips about how to settle into life at Brookes and Oxford, and new international students will share their unique experiences and culture.

    Following its success during the pandemic, Global Buddies was featured in Student News!

    How does it work?

    Once registrations are closed, we match students based on their interests - languages and hobbies. We usually have 1 or 2 Mentors (a mix of current UK students and current international students) and 3 to 5 Buddies, but this may vary depending on the number of students who register for the programme.

    When the groups are formed, we will email you the contact details of your group. You are then free to start getting in touch with each other before the Initial Catch-Up. We recommend you attend three activities with your group each semester.

    More about how groups are matched can be found in our FAQs.

    GB group diagram

    How do I join?

    To join, you need to:

    1. Make sure you have read all the information available on this webpage before signing up, to ensure the programme is right for you.
    2. Complete the Google registration form below. Please note: the forms for Buddies and Mentors are different, make sure you complete the one applicable to you. There will be a delay in processing your registration if you are completing the wrong documents.
    3. After completing the registration form, if you are a Buddy, we will ask you to download the Rules & Regulations document from the webpage, sign it to confirm you agree, and email the signed copy to global-buddies@brookes.ac.uk. If you are a Mentor, we will email the Rules and Regulations document directly to you and ask you to sign it and email it back to global-buddies@brookes.ac.uk


    To apply as a Mentor, you MUST have already done at least one semester at Brookes.

    Registration deadline for Semester 1: Wednesday 15 September 2021, 5pm (British time)


    Now closed

    Buddy registration form »


    Now closed

    Mentor registration form »

    Due to the high number of registrations we receive each semester, we are unable to send an email to each individual student to confirm we have safely received their registration form and signed Rules & Regulations document. We will however email you w/c 19 September to confirm whether you have successfully signed up for the programme. If you don’t hear from us by 21 September, please email global-buddies@brookes.ac.uk.

    If you have any questions regarding the registration process and you cannot find the answer in the FAQs, please don’t hesitate to email global-buddies@brookes.ac.uk.

    Buddies - New International Students

    Why should you join?

    Starting at university can be a challenging time, especially if you are also travelling to a new country and adjusting to a new culture. Being part of Global Buddies helps make this experience a positive and rewarding one.

    • A great way to make new friends from around the globe and have intercultural experiences.
    • Settle into Oxford life more quickly.
    • Share your unique culture with others and spread intercultural awareness.
    • Make new friends from around the globe.
    • Learn more about the British culture through our Mentors as well as other cultures.

    Mentors - Current Students

    You can become a Mentor if you are a current UK or current international student and you will be responsible for leading a group of new international students to help them integrate into UK life and encourage them to make new friends. This is not a paid position. To apply as a Mentor, you MUST have already done at least one semester at Brookes.

    Why become a Mentor?

    • A great way to make new friends from around the globe and have intercultural experiences.
    • Being part of a peer mentoring scheme looks great on your CV.
    • Increases employability through transferable skills, such as team building and leadership.
    • Opportunity to join an informal Mentor catch-up to share tips and experience with other Mentors.
    • Develop essential work-related skills by attending free Mentor Skill Sessions.

    Mentor Skills Sessions

    Attendance is not compulsory and you can choose which session(s) you want attend. You will get a Certificate of Training Completion for each session attended. Please use the Mentor Skills Registration Form to sign up.

    Date/time Session

    Thursday 30 September. 14.30-15.30

    Cultural Awareness delivered by Solenn Robert (online)

    Wednesday 13 October, 17.30-18.15

    Planning inclusive activities delivered by Solenn Robert (online)

    Tuesday 15 November, 10.00-11.00

    CV & Transferable Skills delivered by Careers (online)

    Rewards on Completion

    To successfully complete the programme, you need to keep in touch with your group once a week and attend 3 activities together during the semester. More information will be shared with students who are taking part in the programme.

    Students who successfully complete the programme will be entitled to:

    • Receive a Certificate of Participation 
    • Complete BrookesEDGE STAR entries under "Communication" and "Working with Others"
    • Mentors will receive a certificate for each of the Mentor Skill Sessions they attend

    To be eligible to receive a Certificate of Participation, please send us a proof that you have completed the three activities with your group by sending a photo or screenshot for each activity plus a 200-word paragraph about your experience of being on the programme. Please note, you cannot apply as a group – each member needs to email individually. You must meet the deadline on 10 December in order to receive the Certificate of Participation.

  • Global Buddies Events

    The programme for Semester 1 - September to December 2021 is displayed below. Some events are still being organised - we will update the programme as soon as possible!

    Week / date Activity

    Week 1 

    Wednesday 22 September


    Mentor Training 

    [For Mentors only] In this compulsory session, we will share tools and information to help you succeed as a Mentor. We will share the Zoom link via email closer to the date.

    Week 1 

    Thursday 23 September


    Buddies Information Session 

    [For Buddies only] In this session, we will share tools and information to help you make the most of the Global Buddies programme.

    Week 1/2 

    Initial Catch-Up 

    It’s time to meet your group! Mentors will organise a first catch-up with their group, online or face-to-face, it's up to you. More information provided during the Mentor Training and Buddies Info Session

    Week 2

    Thursday 30 September


    Cultural Awareness Session (online)

    You're all invited to join this session which will help you get a better understanding of intercultural communication and cultural differences. Mentors will be able to claim a Mentor Skill Session Certificate of Participation if they attend as this session is part of the Mentor Skill programme. Visit the ISAT Social Event page for the link to join the session.

    ISAT Social Events >>

    Week 3

    Thursday 7 October


    Cultural Awareness Quiz 

    Face-to-face event. Compete against other Global Buddies groups during this "cultures of the world" quiz! Great prizes for the winners! Free ticket, registration compulsory.

    Book now >>

    Week 4

    Thursday 14 October

    17.30 onwards

    Junkyard Golf Club 

    Face-to-face event. Join other Mentors and Buddies for this fun evening! 9-hole crazy golf course in a club atmosphere (music, flashing lights and UV lights).

    Reduced-price tickets are now available

    Book now >>

      Week 5

      18-24 October  

      Scavenger hunt

      Go around Oxford for a fun hunt with a twist! Take a photo for each of the 10 challenges and send it to us via email at global-buddies@brookes.ac.uk before Wednesday 27 October, or tag us on an Instagram post (not a story!) before then. The group with the most creative photos will get a prize!

      Take a photo of one, some or all group members:

      • by the Radcliffe Camera
      • next to something blue
      • next to a sign with “Oxford” written on it
      • next to/pointing at/holding an Alice in Wonderland related item
      • eating or drinking something typically British
      • next to a statue
      • with something that starts with the letter “C”
      • with an animal
      • next to a funny gargoyle
      • on a bridge

      We're looking forward to receiving your photos.

      Week 6

      Sunday 31 October

      Halloween Tour 

      Face-to-face event.

      Guide Rob Tanner will introduce you to the darker side of the last 1,000 years of Oxford's history.
      You will hear the TRUE stories of murders, massacres, burnings, grave robbers, hangings and human dissection. Added to this you will hear of the many Oxford legends. From headless horsemen, to devil worshippers and Monks forever trapped beneath the ancient streets, all told in Oxford's darkest and most mysterious streets and lanes.

      Book now >>

      Online Activities Suggestions

      Online chat
      Organise a chat with your group on Google Meet, Whatsapp or another platform

      ISAT online events
      Join one of the online activities organised by ISAT this semester - check out the ISAT Social Events pages

      Brookes Union online events
      Go to the Union events page for more information

      Attend an online art class together or follow a YouTube tutorial. Skillshare has lots of interesting art courses and offers a free trial week - make sure you unsubscribe before the end of the week, otherwise you’ll get charged

      Organise a baking competition with your group and share photos

      Ask one your group members to share a recipe from their home country and show the other how to make it. Alternatively, join a free online cookery class/tutorial.

      Organise a Netflix watch party or watch the same film/series and meet online to talk about it

      Organise a language practice session with the group members who can speak the same language, or ask one of your group members to tell the group about their mother tongue (and why not organise a short beginners' session to learn the basics!)

      Online games
      Play online multiplayer games by downloading the same app - there are lots of fun games you can download for free

      You can either organise your own (you can use “Kahoot!” to make it more interactive) or use a ready-made quiz online

      Do the same online exercise class ( Brookes Sport published some home workout videos during lockdown but there are lots of other free classes on YouTube)

      Playing board games
      Junkyard golf
      Ice skating

    • What students say

      This semester being a global buddy has been amazing. I have attended the junkyard golf event, and the board games event. Moreover, I have seen my buddies during other events around university too and going for meals too. It was nice to meet people that were so nice, friendly and kind to communicate with, and I feel doing global buddies therefore has made my university experience very rewarding, enjoyable, and memorable.

      I have enjoyed Global buddies a lot this semester. I have had meet people from different parts of the world and made a lot of new friends. I have enjoyed the activities that were planned for us and also the activities that we did as a group on our own such as going to the pub to watch football matches.

    • Contact us

      Global Buddies Programme Coordinators