International Buddy Program Summer/Fall 2021

Wesleyan International Students

What is the International Buddy Program? 

The International Buddy Program (IBP) strives to make incoming international students feel welcome and help them prepare for their transition to college life before they arrive on campus. The program matches new international students with returning international or domestic students. The returning students serve as a resource for a handful of incoming international students. They offer that first Wesleyan contact and  friendship, which can make a world of difference for incoming international students who are preparing to join the international community at Wes.

The origin of this program came from international students who served on the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB). The International Buddy Program continues to be reviewed and aspects of Returning Buddy training are provided by the International Student Advisory Board.  Matches are made with school, major, personal interest areas, and time zones in mind.

Returning Buddies and Incoming Buddies will meet in person at the OISA Open House every Fall semester after new students arrive on campus. 

Goals of the Program:

  • Establish a near-peer informal support network between first-year self-identified international students and returning students (both U.S. and international students)
  • Increase near-peer engagement beyond academic settings to foster intercultural exchanges, self-awareness, and awareness of others
  • Encourage help-seeking behaviors and effective use of already-established campus resources
  • Support first-year international students’ initial transitions to the United States, Middletown, and Wesleyan


Apply to be a Returning Buddy (open to both U.S. and international students at Wes) 

We no longer accept applications. Follow us on OISA Facebook to stay current with latest information about the IBP program. 

Apply to be a First-year Buddy (open to class of 2025 broad definition of international students

Applications are due on 11:59 pm EST, Sunday, June 27, 2021.