Social mentoring for international students

The International Student Buddy Program runs from Week 1 to Week 4 of Trimester, with two drop-in style Mates Meetups per week at the Gold Coast and Nathan campuses. These peer support group sessions cover different topics to help ease the transition to uni life and provide a safe and comfortable environment for new international students to ask questions about Griffith, life in Australia, as well as practise English. It’s also a great way to make friends!

Weekly Topics

Living In Australia

In Week 1 we'll talk about the essentials for getting started at Griffith and life in Australia.

Social Connections

In Week 2 we give you the inside scoop on how to get involved in social activities and events on campus.

Life Hacks

In Week 3 we share how to make budget friendly choices for students.

Cultural Exchange

Week 4 is your chance to share your culture with the group.

Nathan Mates Meetups - Trimester 2 2019

Location: N78 Red Zone

Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm

Gold Coast Mates Meetups - Trimester 2 2019

Location: G40 Red Zone

Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm

About the program

Junior Buddies

New international students commencing their first trimester at Griffith University.

Senior Buddies

Senior Buddies are current students and Griffith Mates who provide peer support at weekly Mates Meetups.

Mates Meetups

Free and informal group mentoring sessions for new international students facilitated by Senior Buddies.

This program is very helpful for new international students. We can talk with current Griffith students and also meet other international students. It's good opportunity to get to know Australian culture and make friends. Thanks to this program, I really enjoyed my first few weeks at Griffith University.

Yumi, Junior Buddy

I joined the International Student Buddy Program because I enjoy volunteering and having been an international student myself I know how daunting moving to a new country can be. I wanted to help new students feel welcome but the program turned out to be more than that, I made some new friends and learned about some new cultures. Such a rewarding experience all round.

Shauni, Senior Buddy

Being a Senior Buddy is incredibly rewarding. You can walk away with the knowledge that you actually made somebody's transition to university easier, plus you make amazing friends and often learn things from your buddies too.

Hayley, Senior Buddy

Contact us

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