IBSA Buddy Program


What is the Buddy Program?

  • The buddy program creates a welcoming sense of community for international students
  • The buddy program is a system that pairs up a domestic student and an international student
  • The domestic student meets up with the international student on the day of their arrival
  • Acting as a guide, the domestic student will escort the international student around campus and share pertinent information with them (ex. how to use transit)
  • IBSA hosts a variety of social events throughout the semester for buddies to bond with not just each other but other fellow buddies


  • The buddy program will help make international students feel more at home in a brand new country
  • The domestic student will provide a warm and hospitable greeting for the international student
  • The international student will find it easier to live in Calgary with the guidance of the domestic student
  • By joining the buddy program, the domestic buddy will gain a friend from another country that they may not have met without the buddy program.


  • Prior to arrival of the International Student, the two buddies should get in touch with one another (whether it is over email, Facebook, Skype, etc.) and get to know each other briefly prior to arrival of the International Student
  • The Domestic Buddy is not allowed to pick up the International Student from the airport
  • The Domestic Buddy will meet the International Student upon their arrival to the UofC campus and escort them to their dorm room (assuming time is appropriate, if not, they should decide on a time they will meet the very next day)
  • The Domestic Buddy is to provide the International Student of potential out of the city points of interest and destinations (Banff, Lake Louise, Sylvan Lake, Hiking Trails, Canmore, etc.)