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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!
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Now closed for Semester 2 (January to May 2021).
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! Please note: due to Covid-19 and in order to follow university guidelines, we will not be able to provide the same type of activities this semester.
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.
Once registrations are closed, we match students based on their interests - languages and hobbies. We usually have 2 or 3 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. There will be a maximum of 6 Oxford-based students per group to comply with current government guidelines.
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.
To join, you need to:
Complete the Google registration form below. Please note: the forms for Buddies and Mentor are different, make sure you complete the one applicable to you.
Read the Rules & Regulations document, sign it to confirm you agree with it, and email the signed copy to email@example.com.
Make sure you have read all the information available on this webpage before signing up to the programme.
Please make sure you are filling out the correct form and downloading the correct Rules document, they are different for Buddies and Mentors. There will be a delay in processing your registration if you are completing the wrong documents.
To apply as a Mentor, you MUST have already done at least one semester at Brookes.
Registration deadline for Semester 2: Wednesday 20 January 2021, 5pm (British time)
Buddy registration form »
Buddy Rules (Word doc)
Buddy Rules (PDF)
Mentor registration form »
Mentor Rules (Word doc)
Mentor Rules (PDF)
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 20 January to confirm whether you have successfully signed up for the programme. If you don’t hear from us by 25 January, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions regarding the registration process and you cannot find the answer in the FAQ, please don’t hesitate to email email@example.com.
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.
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. To apply as a Mentor, you MUST have already done at least one semester at Brookes.
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. Registrations are now open - please use this "Mentor Skills Sessions" Registration form.
Wednesday 24 February, 12.00-13.00
Planning inclusive activities delivered by Solenn Robert
Friday 12 March, 14.00-15.00
Communication & Collaboration Skills delivered by Sally Saca
Tuesday 23 March, 12.30-13.30
CV & Transferable Skills delivered by Careers
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:
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 should send the photos and paragraph between 19 March and 30 April. You must meet the deadline in order to receive the Certificate of Participation.
Due to Covid-19 and in order to follow university guidelines, we will not be able to provide the same type of activities this semester. We encourage you to join activities which are already organised at Brookes, by ISAT, Brookes Union or Brookes Sport for example. Please always remember to follow government’s guidelines, keep social distancing and not to put yourself or your group at risk.
Tuesday 2 February
Initial Catch-Up - online
It’s time to meet your group! We will start with a short introduction with all students. Each group will then be sent to a specific break-out room, which will give a chance to Mentors and Buddies to get to know each other. This session is compulsory and will be hosted on Zoom, the link will be available closer to the date.
Celebrate Storytelling Week - choose one (or more!) activity below:
Make pancakes and share the photos with your group! You could also share pancake recipes from your home countries - for some inspiration, see this Buzzfeed article.
Pick one of our suggested activities or organise your own! We’ve only selected affordable or free activities. (This section will be updated closer to the date, to comply with the latest government guidelines. Please note that face-to-face activities with your group may not be allowed).
World Wildlife Day Competition
Take a photo or video of each member of your group with wildlife, either flora or fauna and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each member of the winning group will get a £10 Amazon voucher. Submission deadline: 21 March, 5pm.
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
Arts 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
Baking Organise a baking competition with your group and share photos
Cooking 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.
Film Organise a Netflix watch party or watch the same film/series and meet online to talk about it
Languages 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
Quiz You can either organise your own (you can use “Kahoot!” to make it more interactive) or use a ready-made quiz online
Sports 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)