Global Buddies

    • Buddies in Liverpool
    • Terrace Event September 2018
    • GBs meal 2018
  • Welcoming our new international students to Brookes this January

    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.

    Sign up now to be a Global Buddy this January

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

    • Attend the welcome event on Wednesday 30 January from 17:30 to 19:30, Headington Campus; and current students must also attend the training session Wednesday 30 January from 16:30 to 17:30. 
    • 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 

    Quotes from Global Buddies

    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.

    When I first arrived in oxford last year, finding my way around university, the oxford city, the different culture and studies was challenging. This is why I became so excited to be a part of the global buddies program. I was paired with two other lovely buddies who are kind and have big hearts and five delightful students joined us on the introduction day. We planned meet ups almost every week. We would visit different restaurants or go on tours organised by the program. I really want to thank the co-ordinators of global buddy for giving me a chance to help and introducing me to so many wonderful friends. I would love to be a part of this again.

  • Global Buddies activities - January 2019

    Date and time


    Week 1
    Wednesday 30 January, 17:30
    (16:30 for current students)

    First meeting with your Buddies

    This event is free but you must have signed up to be a Global Buddy.

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

    Week 2
    Friday 08 February, 20:00
    Prompt arrival essential!

    Ice skating - 'Freezing Friday Disco'

    Tickets (£6.60) will be available from the online shop from 01 February 2019.

    56 × 26m ice rink.

    Oxford Ice Rink, OX1 1RX

    Week 3
    Wednesday 13 February, 18:30 

    Junkyard Golf

    Reduced price tickets (£3) will be available from the online shop from 08 February 2019.

    9-hole crazy golf course in a club atmosphere (music, flashing lights and UV lights).

    Please make sure you bring your ID with you. 

    The Westgate Centre (ground floor), OX1 1NU

    Week 4
    Thursday 21 February, 20:00

    Guided tour of historic Oxford pubs

    This event is free but you must book a place via the online shop, available from 15 February 2019.

    Join our guided tour with your buddies and discover the stories behind some of the oldest and most popular pubs in Oxford. Learn about its 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 please make sure you bring your ID with you.

    Those who have successfully reserved a ticket will be contacted about where to meet.

    Week 5
    Wednesday 27 February, 18:30 

    Dinner at the First Floor Restaurant

    Free if you submit a report with a photo from an activity with your Global Buddies or reduced price tickets (£7.50) available from the online shop from 22 February 2019.

    All you can eat world buffet: Thai, Chinese, and Indian cuisine and lots of desserts!

    Cowley Road

    Week 6 onwards 

    Time for your own activities with your buddies