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UL International Buddy Programme

The University of Limerick, International Education Division are proud to present the Buddy Programme. The overall purpose of the Buddy Programme is to improve the mutual integration of the international students and the Irish students attending UL as well as to create close relationships and introduce the international students to the true UL Experience. The programme provides each international student with a Buddy – a volunteer student. The purpose is then to give the local and the international students at UL an opportunity to grow friendly bonds through social events and parties arranged merely for the Buddies and the international students.

What do I gain from being a Buddy?

Being a Buddy gives you many valuable experiences. You get to practice your language skills, you gain insight into new cultures and lifestyles, and it can help you start or expand your international network. You will also develop personally throughout the course of the programme, and you get some volunteer work experience to put on your CV. Furthermore, you can make a difference for a fellow student – maybe you have been abroad yourself and had a good/bad experience due to the help/lack of a buddy!

All volunteers can now qualify for The Presidents Volunteer Award.

How long am I a Buddy for?

The programme runs for the semester, though you and your student buddies may wish to extend this period. The time you need to invest will vary throughout the period, but it is not meant to take any considerable time away from your studies, student job, etc. On average it is expected to email or Facebook regularly and meet-up once or twice a week. The programme officially kicks off in September with the arrival of the international students. During the autumn semester a number of events will be arranged, before the programme ends with a Christmas party in December and another farewell party in May. After this you have no further commitments as a Buddy – but of course you are free to keep in touch with the students.

For more information on the Buddy Programme, please email buddyprogramme@ul.ie 

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