International students

The Buddy Programme

The Buddy Programme

The Buddy Programme is your chance to help new students settle into life at Lancaster. Adjusting to a different cultural environment can be exciting and challenging. New students at Lancaster University often have a lot of questions and concerns during their first weeks on campus. The Buddy Programme aims to help them begin a smooth transition.

This programme aims to promote connections between current and new students, build a globally minded community and offer peer support in finding ways to be actively involved on campus. We also hope the Buddy Programme will help form friendships that will last a lifetime.

Why become a Host Buddy Volunteer?

  • Be a cultural ambassador to new students from all over the world.
  • Gain insights on different cultural values and world views.
  • Start your Lancaster Award journey and receive 10 points towards the award.
  • Invitation to Buddy Social events with a variety of delicious free food.
  • Enhance your CV.
  • Certificate of participation.

Duration of the Programme

3-4 months


  • Contacting the assigned buddies before their arrival via email and provide information about campus life at Lancaster University.
  • Meeting the assigned buddies after their arrival and supporting them to settle into life at Lancaster.


  • Current Lancaster University student.
  • Complete the required training.


  • Effective communication skills.
  • Sincere interest in helping people.
  • Respect to religious, political, sexual orientation and cultural differences.

For further information please email