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  • We bring together 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 September 2018 Facebook group if you have a Facebook account (coming soon)
    - 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 - Wednesday 26 September, 17:00

        First meeting with your Buddies

        Headington Campus - details will be sent to everyone who has signed up.                                                                                                 

        WEEK 2 - Monday 1 October to Sunday 7 October

        Time for your own activities with your buddies 

          Up to you!
          WEEK 3 - Thursday 11 October, 20:00 - 21:30

          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. 

          This event is FREE but you must book a ticket on the online shop.
          Those who have successfully reserved a ticket will be contacted about where to meet.

          Learn about its history and fascinating anecdotes. 
          Find out why these places are so special in the everyday life of local people! 

          Drinks are not included, you will have time to order something if you want ... PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU BRING ID with you to show you are over 18.

            When you sign up the meeting place will be sent to you by email                                                                                                                                                                                             

            WEEK 4 - Tuesday 16 October

            Junk Yard Golf

            The Westgate Centre (ground floor), Oxford                                    

            WEEK 5 - Monday 22 October - Sunday 28 October

            Time for your own activities with your buddies 

             Up to you! 

            WEEK 6 - Wednesday 31 October


            Join us for our Halloween Special - a ghost tour of Oxford!
            Wednesday 31 October 2017

            Leaves: 20.00
            Finish: 21.30

            This event is FREE but you must book a ticket on the online shop.
            Those who have successfully reserved a ticket will be contacted about where to meet.

            From legends of headless horsemen to TRUE stories of murders, grave robbers and hangings, come along and hear spooky tales told in Oxford’s darkest and most mysterious streets.

            If this event is showing as sold out there will be no more tickets available.

            When you sign up the meeting place will be sent to you by email 
            WEEK 7- Monday 5 November - Sunday 11 November Time for your own social meetings with your buddies
            Up to you!
            WEEK 8- THURSDAY 15 November, 18:30
            Please note the change of date.

            Dinner at The First Floor Restaurant

            Free Meal 

            if you send us a report and a photo of you and your buddies together otherwise you pay £7.50 from the online shop.

              The First Floor Restaurant, Cowley Road

          • ‘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
          • UK Current Students

            • Wednesday 26 September from 15:00 - 16:45 (room TBC)  Training Session  
            • Wednesday 26 September from 17:00 in the Terrace, JHBB Welcome Event
            • Sign up here to join the programme 
          • Current International Students can apply here to assist current UK students in welcoming our new international students