To create a community of globally-minded peers who will foster connection and a sense of belonging for new international students. The Global Buddies Program provides an opportunity for participants to navigate while actively learning and engaging in cultural, social, and academic growth through peer support.
Oregon State University’s Office of International Services is committed to enriching students’ experiences by offering various levels of support services to students during their educational journey. Upon arriving at OSU in Oregon, international students may experience many cultural and social adjustment challenges that can impact their success. Making friends, getting used to the food, social structure, academic system, and way of life can be difficult in a new place. The Global Buddies Program (GBP) connects new and current OSU students for peer support. The Global Buddies Program provides an opportunity for new students to engage with peers who are more experienced with life at OSU and can assist them navigate the new environment. Join us - we look forward to assisting you transition to OSU!
After being part of the Global Buddies Program, students will be able to:
“I attended my first (ever) in-person event at OSU since joining (remotely) last year. It was the Shook Twins Concert which was held back in October, and I attended with my senior buddy, so that remains a vivid memory for me."
“You never know who you might meet and all sorts of campus opportunities can lead to friendship. I have felt a lot of growth in terms of gaining leadership skills that I didn’t have before. I’m an introvert so the program has helped me to come out of my shell by talking with new people.”