Global Buddies

Who we are and what we do

Global Buddies is a Buddying Scheme that supports International Students, run by Guild Advice. Our Buddies are established students who volunteer their time to help you settle in to life at the University of Birmingham.

The Service offers peer-to-peer support and regular mixing events – an opportunity to meet our friendly volunteers and other students.

Global Buddies are often a first point of call for knowledge and information - they can help you meet others, settle in and make the most of your UoB experience!

Global Buddies team 2017-18

Benefits of joining Global Buddies

  • A friendly contact for queries or support
  • Meet new friends from all around the Globe
  • Knowledge of the University and its surrounding area
  • Global Buddies trips and events
  • Support getting involved with University sports, societies and events

“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 in the Underground 2017-18

Global Buddies team at welcome week 2017-18

Global Buddies at the Black Country Museum

Sign up for a Global Buddy to support you from September 2018

Global Buddies will resume pairing students with Buddies in the new academic year. Please complete the online form if you would like to be contacted by us in September. You must be signed in via your My.Bham portal to access our online form.

If you have any questions or require further information please email

*Please do not complete this form if you would like to volunteer with Global Buddies, please refer to our ‘volunteer with us’ section.*

Please log in to complete this survey.

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

Volunteer with us

Could you be a friend and mentor to international students?

We are looking for friendly, reliable volunteers to become Global Buddies - a point of contact for international students throughout their first year at the University of Birmingham. Our volunteers support a small number of international students, for up to 4 hours each week, with a view to help them settle in, meet others and make the most of their University experience.

We provide interactive training, teaching you everything you need to know to be a Global Buddy. Although, great social skills and empathy towards issues that may affect international students are beneficial.

Send your completed application form to

Global Buddies volunteer

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






Meet your officer team

Every year, a team of Officers are elected by YOU to help you get the best out of Birmingham. Each officer leads a different part of the Union on your behalf – click on their faces below to find out what they do and how to get in touch…

Ellie Keiller - Guild President
Shannon Farmer - Activities & Development Full Time Officer
Adam Goldstone - Education Full Time Officer
Kris Ali - Housing & Community Full Time Officer
Rose Bennett - Postgraduate Full Time Officer
Jess Levy - Representation & Resources Full Time Officer
Helena Bailey - Sports Full Time Officer
Henny Green - Welfare Full Time Officer

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