International Buddy Programme

Become a buddy, interact with some fantastic people and share your knowledge of Kiwi life.

The International Buddy Programme is a great way to meet new people, build international connections, help out new international students and share some insights into life at Victoria University of Wellington.

Apply to be a buddy

International Buddy registration for Trimester 1 2020 has now ended. Buddy registration for Trimester 2 2020 will commence in June 2020.

How to become a buddy

We’ll pair you with a new international student. You’ll be responsible for getting in touch with them before they get here, and arranging to meet with them when they arrive.

You’ll need to:

  • attend an induction course before your buddy arrives
  • be a friendly, welcoming face for your buddy
  • commit around 12 hours over a trimester to spending time with your buddy and attending buddy programme events
  • keep in touch with your buddy, even after they’re feeling comfortable at university.

To register to be a local buddy you must:

  • be studying towards a degree
  • have already completed at least one full trimester at university (ideally a full year).

You don’t have to be an international student to become a buddy.

Resources for new buddies

Take a look through these resources before contacting your new buddy.

Complete the IBP recognition form form to receive an IBP certificate, or points for Wellington International Leadership Programme or Wellington Plus Award.