NUIGlobal Buddy Programme2015/2016 Projects
This project aims to develop a buddy programme to ease the transition for incoming international students and ultimately enhance their academic and personal experience at NUI Galway.
The objective is to pair up international students with an NUI Galway student who will contact them before they arrive to answer questions. When the international student arrives their buddy will help them find textbooks, show them around campus and town, and provide on-going support.
The project will be open to all incoming international exchange students and new degree seeking international students. The goal is to put an Irish spin on an already successful idea and implement it on campus. NUIGlobal Buddy Programme hopes to bridge the social gap between Irish and international students to ensure that students from different countries/cultures feel more integrated. Diversity provides the opportunity for rich social learning.
Project Team & Links
Our project so far is going very well. At the beginning of the semester students were matched and it has been very successful. Everyone has contacted their buddy and many have fostered friendships. I’ve met a few of the Erasmus students myself and they are enthusiastic about the project. Once we get our funds we can have our event and meet everyone involved face-to-face.