Global Buddies

Who we are and what we do

Global Buddies is a scheme run by the Guild of Students to support international students to settle into life at the University of Birmingham.

Through regular social events and activities, including the fortnightly Global Café, you will have plenty of opportunities to network with other students, have some fun and meet our volunteer ‘buddies’, who can offer informal peer-to-peer support.

“Being a Global Buddy has been fantastic! Having the opportunity to meet up with new people from around the world and show them the best of Birmingham has been an amazing experience. It’s really nice seeing people settle in, make new friends and enjoy activities together. And it’s been really rewarding helping make some of the activities happen too!”

Aimee – Global Buddy

Global Buddies team 2017-18

Global Buddies in the Underground 2017-18

Global Buddies team at welcome week 2017-18

Global Buddies at the Black Country Museum

Global Buddies 2018/19

Global Buddies is undergoing some exciting new developments for 2018/19 and the webpage will be updated soon with information about our upcoming events for the new academic year and opportunities to connect with a buddy.

In the meantime, we invite international students and Global Buddy volunteers to attend the fortnightly Global Café to meet with other students and enjoy a FREE coffee!

You don’t need to sign up in advance and please see below for more details:

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to welcoming you at one of the Global Café events or in the new academic year!

Global Buddies photo frame

Our Events

All International Students are welcome to attend our events or trips – Global Buddy or not! There are always great people to meet and lots of new experiences to enjoy.

If you have any questions about our events or trips please email

Contact Us

Comm. Wardens - 0121 415 8968

Guild Advice - 0121 415 8965

Guild Lettings - 0121 415 8376

Student Mentors - 0121 415 8967

Global Buddies - 0121 415 8963






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