Global Buddies PROGRAM

The Global Buddies program is an initiative between UGA’s Student Government Association and ISL to promote cross-cultural relationships. The Global Buddies Program pairs international students with a partner student from the U.S. to meet periodically and share cultural perspectives and build long-lasting friendships. It is open to all UGA students, faculty, and staff members.

Join the Global Buddies Program!

Applications for the fall 2021 Global Buddies program have now closed, but will reopen at the end of the semester for spring 2022. If you are an international student that has brought family members with you to UGA, please consider joining the Global Families program. Find more information at ifa.uga.edu.

Listen as Hannah Lynch ’21 shares about her experience with the Global Buddies Program during her time at UGA.

Overview of the Global Buddies Program

An initiative between UGA’s Student Government Association and the Department of International Student Life to promote cross-cultural relationships amongst UGA students. The Global Buddies Program pairs international students with a partner student from the U.S. to meet periodically and share cultural perspectives and build long-lasting friendships.

The Global Buddies Program promotes intercultural communication and understanding between international students and U.S. students through the sharing of culture and the development of friendships. Join the fun and make a friend from a different part of the world!

All UGA students are welcome! International students and U.S. students will learn about new cultures and form a new friendship.

Hear from Global Buddies Themselves

Hover over each image for testimonials from Global Buddies program participants and learn about their favorite parts of the experience.

Materials for Global Buddies Participants

Global Buddies Virtual Training

This training includes information about the program, dates to remember, and advice for intercultural engagement. It is required for all program participants. 

Global Buddies Program Handbook

Learn more about the program, its goals, and ways to interact with your buddy.

Register Activity Form

Each time you spend time with your buddy, please complete this form. This helps us track engagement with the program so that we can improve it in the future.

GBP Events Calendar

Check out this calendar to find events for you and your buddy to attend together. 

Global Buddies can also use the Activity Board (left) to brainstorm activities to get to know their buddy. Whether meeting in person or virtually, completing four activities in a row (across, up/down, or diagonally) will enter buddies into a prize drawing!