The Buddy Program

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The Buddy Program matches new international students with current Concordia University of Edmonton students who have attended CUE for a year or more. These buddies provide ongoing advice and information about life at CUE and Edmonton.

Throughout the academic year, international buddies offer social support, assistance, guidance and are invited to join in international-themed activities. They share their personal experiences with new international students and help ease the transition to life in Edmonton and at CUE.

For international students who are new to Edmonton or the Canadian lifestyle, moving to Concordia can be a daunting experience. The purpose of the Buddy Program is to pair new international students with current students who provide the friendly face, helping hand, and first Edmonton friendship, that can make a significant difference for new arrivals. Buddies can also offer linguistic support, cultural guidance and information about life at Concordia.

Who can join?

  • International students

If you are a new, first year undergraduate or graduate international students, this is your opportunity to meet your first Canadian and get a personal introduction to life at CUE!

International Buddy Program Request Form

  • Edmontonian students

Whether you were once a newcomer to Edmonton and CUE yourself or if you have always lived in the Edmonton region, you want to meet new people and are eager to learn about a culture other than your own. All current undergraduate and graduate CUE students are welcome to volunteer.

International Buddy Program Volunteer Form

How does it work?

New students coming to Edmonton from outside of Canada and current CUE students interested in participating sign up and are matched according to your program of study and mutual interests.

Buddies establish a contact by email prior to arriving in Edmonton and then meet in person once they are on campus. International buddies are invited to join in international-themed events throughout the year and to stay in touch.  

Get in Touch

Intake for Winter 2016 is now closed. Sign up for Fall 2016 will open in July. Please check back!

Please contact the International Office by emailing xinxin.fang@concordia.ab.ca if you have any questions.

As the Buddy Program is a voluntary initiative, an application does not guarantee a placement. We will do our best to find you a buddy, but it will depend on our volunteers' availability. Thank you for your understanding.

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