“Buddy” program for International Students
The “Buddy” program is a program where a local student is paired with an international student to help him/her integrate easily in the university (educationally) and socially within the country. They also help them learn the local language, find touristic places, be familiarized with the infrastructure of the university and the country in general. They can organize a welcome meeting and a campus tour in order to explore what are the library services and where the different buildings are, etc.
Potential challenges and suggested solutions
Challenges lie in finding a local place for international students where they can meet and in finding more volunteers. In order to find more volunteers willing to become “buddies”, the university can grant them certificates, credits, points, or else. Campaigns can also be of help where the university hosting international students can send e-mails, put posters on campus, distribute flyers to the students and give academic rewards for volunteers.