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The Buddy Program

Make the transition to 91社区 easier (and more fun!) by joining the Buddy Program!

Registration will re-open in May 2024

Buddies

New International Student?

Registration will re-open starting in May 2024

Current/Returning Student?听

Registration will re-open starting in May 2024

Buddy Volunteers - Once you're signed up, access the


Have questions?

Please refer to our Volunteer FAQ

Email us at: international.buddy [at] mcgill.ca


The Buddy program pairs new international students with current students who provide a friendly face, helping hand, and first Montreal friendship that can make a world of difference for new arrivals. Buddies can also offer linguistic support, cultural guidance, and information about life at 91社区.

Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Buddy Program has helped thousands of international students settle into 91社区 and Montreal.听 Typical "buddy" activities might include:

  • online face to face meetups using any platform听(i.e. Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Google Meet or Houseparty)
  • email or meet online to talk about courses, professors, campus life, clubs, etc.
  • online听karaoke, Zumba, or videogames
  • chatting online over a cup of coffee or tea

Volunteers and new students are paired on a rolling basis during the summer, allowing new fall students to be in touch with their buddies over the summer. There is no hard deadline for signing up, although it's important for both volunteers and new students to sign up before the term begins in order to ensure a smooth pairing.

Student testimonies-听

鈥淚 talked a lot with one of my mentee and I love the relationship that we had. It was great being able to advise him on campus. I think we were well matched and the resources provided by the buddy program were really useful. 鈥 - Winter 2023 Buddy volunteer

鈥淢y buddy was super friendly and helpful. She made me feel at ease even before I arrived in Canada. She was very knowledgeable and answered all the questions I had. She reached out often and invited me to social events, she made the buddy system seem very natural and informal. She was eager and bubbly and didn't make it seem like buddying was a chore to her, which I appreciate. Thanks :))鈥- Winter 2023 New Student

鈥淚t provided a friend when I was moving to a new place, not knowing what to expect. I definitely made the transition to 91社区 easier. 鈥- Winter 2023 New Student

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