International Buddy Program

Remember your first few days abroad?  Did you have students or staff from the host institution available to assist with adjusting to the local culture?  The International Buddy Program (IBP) was created so that you can return the favor.  It’s a student organization made up of U-M students who strive to help incoming international and exchange students in the College of Engineering acclimate to Michigan life. 

IBP strives to give domestic and international students on campus an opportunity to learn about different cultures.  Domestic students serve as a go-to point for all questions regarding air travel, housing, academics and more.  Members will be arranged into small groups, consisting of 1 or 2 University of Michigan students and up to 3 international students, forming international “buddy” groups. 

Together, members have the opportunity to attend events hosted by IBP, which include career fairs and resume workshops, and various social gatherings, such as the welcome reception and campus scavenger hunt. 

The mission of the International Buddy Program is to:

  • Help acclimate incoming international students to their new UM surroundings
  • Foster a sense of community among CoE students and international students 
  • Give CoE students a leadership opportunity to develop a more global perspective and learn about another culture
BlockM.gifCurrent UM Students please click to find out more information or sign up to become a member. bluegreenglobe.gif Incoming International Students please click to find out more information or sign up to become a member.

Quotes from past international student members:

“It was helpful to know someone who knew Ann Arbor and could help me get oriented.” (student from France)

“My buddy picked me up when I arrived and took me to buy many necessary things. He also took me to watch a football game.”  (student from China)

“My buddy was an American and from Ann Arbor so she could help me with many little details and she introduced me to her friends.” (student from Spain)

Connect with the International Buddy Program on Facebook and Maize Pages to stay updated with the latest events and information!


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