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!

Recruitment for volunteers for our January 2019 re-launch has now closed but if you’re interested in getting involved later in the year email to be the first to hear about our next recruitment period and training sessions.

If you’re interested in having a buddy, why not check out the rest of our Term 1 events and email to be added to an information list for when we re-launch in January!

If you have any questions about our peer support please email


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

Global Cafe
20th March 4pm - 6pm
Costa Coffee, Guild of Students
Global Cafe is an opportunity for International Students to meet other students over a FREE Costa Coffee hot drink! Come along between 4pm and 6pm to unwind, have a chat with fellow International Students and get to know our volunteers.

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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