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  • Global Buddies

    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. Our current students can share their experience and provide tips about how to settle into life at Brookes and our 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.

    Registrations for this semester are now closed

    How does it work?

    To participate in this scheme, you will be expected to:

    • Attend the welcome event on Wednesday 25 September from 17:30 to 19:30. Current students must also attend the training session Wednesday 25 September from 16:00 to 17:15. Current and new students will be matched during the event
    • 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
    • Be ready to share your culture with others and have an open mind so you can learn from your buddies

    Global Buddies events - Semester 1

     Date and time


    Week 1

    Wednesday 25 September

    17:30-19:30 (from 16:15 for current students)

    Global Buddies Welcome Event

    First meeting with your buddies.

    Booking: free event, but registration to the Global Buddies programme required.

    Location: Headington campus. Room details will be sent to students who have registered. 

    Week 2

    Thursday 3 October

    18:00 - prompt arrival essential

    Junkyard Golf

    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: SOLD OUT - reduced-price tickets (£3) available from online shop from Thursday 26 September.

    Location: Westgate Oxford, Oxford OX1 1NU

    Week 3

    Thursday 10 October


    SOLD OUT, additional tour scheduled on Thursday 17 October

    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: SOLD OUT, additional tour scheduled on Thursday 17 October - free event but booking on the online shop is required (from Monday 30 September)

    Location: details about the meeting point will be sent to students who have successfully reserved a ticket for the tour.

    Week 4

    Monday 14 October


    Board games & snacks

    Enjoy a relaxed evening with your buddies. We’ll provide snacks.

    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. Book a free ticket on the online shop (available from Thursday 3 October)

    Location: JHBB, Headington campus 

    Week 6

    Friday 1 November

    19:40-22:00 - prompt arrival essential

    Disco Ice Skating

    Come ice skating with your buddies in a club atmosphere – a great way to start the weekend!

    Booking: tickets (£6.60) will be available from the online shop from Tuesday 15 October

    Location: Oxford Ice rink, Oxpens Rd, Oxford OX1 1RX 

    Book your tickets! »

    Week 7

    Wednesday 6 November


    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:

    • £3 for the super-discounted ticket. Available if you submit a 150-word report with a photo from an activity with your Global Buddies. Send an email to  isat@brookes.ac.uk before Monday 4 November with your photo and paragraph, we will then send you a special link to book your super-discounted dinner on the online shop.
    • £8.50 for the discounted ticket, if you don’t submit the report. Book on the online shop from Monday 21 October.

    Location: First Floor restaurant, Cowley

    Book your tickets! »

    Week 8 onwards

    Time for your own activities with your buddies