What is the Buddy Program?
International Buddy Program at UPEI
A new incoming international student is paired with a returning domestic or international student to be their buddy. These buddies share their personal experiences about UPEI and PEI with new international students.
The primary purpose of this program is to provide individualized assistance and a smooth transition for new international students. By assisting students in adapting to a new country, culture, and environment; we hope to create a less stressful transition and a more hospitable, welcoming atmosphere at UPEI. We also hope the volunteers would have the opportunity to exchange their cultural experiences and to develop cross-cultural communication skills. Volunteers who are planning to go on an exchange program in the future are encouraged to participate in this program. This program is all about exchanging experiences, making international friendships and learning about different cultures. This program is open to all returning students of UPEI!
Who can join and be part of the Buddy Program?
Buddies can only be a new incoming international students or an international students who could not register for buddy program prior to the semester for any reason.
Buddy volunteers can be any returning domestic or international students.