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 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

How to get involved?

Everyone is welcome at our events but if you want to get more involved then you can apply to be a Global Buddies Volunteer.


We’re currently recruiting volunteers to be Global Buddies. As a volunteer, you’ll provide a friendly face, assisting at our events, meeting new people, providing support and advice, encouraging participation and integration as well as developing your own skills and gaining a rewarding and worthwhile volunteering experience.


If you’re interested in this opportunity please email with a short paragraph (max. 250 words) describing why you'd like to get involved, what skills you have and what you will gain from volunteering.


Successful applicants will be required to attend an informal group training session.


Applications close: 7th September 2019


If you’re interested in taking part in our events, please email to be added to an information list for when we re-launch in September!

Global Buddies in the Underground 2017-18

Global Buddies team at welcome week 2017-18

Global Buddies at the Black Country Museum

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 8984






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