International Buddy Program Summer/Fall 2022

Wesleyan International Students

What is the International Buddy Program? 

The International Buddy Program (IBP) aims to make incoming international students feel welcome in the campus community and help them have a successful transition to studying at Wesleyan and living in Middletown. The program matches new international students ("Junior Buddies") with returning international or U.S. students ("Senior Buddies"). Senior Buddies serve as a resource for two to three incoming Junior Buddies from the summer before they arrive through their first semester at the University. They offer that first Wesleyan peer-to-peer contact and friendship, which can make a world of difference for incoming international students who are preparing to join the campus community.

IBP was originally coordinated by members of the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB). Starting in Summer/Fall 2022, IBP is now being coordinated by the Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) with professional staff and a student coordinator supporting the program. OISA provides training for Senior Buddies prior to fall semester and oversees planning, coordination, and assessment of the program. Matches are made with academic and personal interests and time zones in mind.

Senior Buddies and Junior Buddies will meet in person at a welcome event for the program hosted by OISA after new students arrive on campus for fall semester. 

Goals of the Program:

  • Establish a near-peer informal support network between first-year, self-identified international students and returning international and U.S. 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 campus resources through peer-to-peer guidance 
  • Support first-year international students to have a successful transition to the United States, Middletown, and Wesleyan
  • Enable mentorship and friendship-building opportunities for program participants through peer-to-peer interaction and community-building events 

Applications:

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

*Applications are due by Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. 

Apply to be a Junior Buddy (open to Class of 2026 undergradudate and incoming graduate broad definition of international students)  

*Applications are due by Friday, July 15, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. 

IBP Student Coordinator

  • Jiaxuan (James) Chen (he/him/his)

    Class of 2023 - Economics, Biology, and Computer Science

    Fujian, China

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    Meet Jiaxuan: Summer/Fall 2022 International Buddy Program (IBP) Student Coordinator

    Languages Spoken: English and Mandarin

    Involvement at Wesleyan: Economics research, Community Advisor, Community Standards Board Member, Technician at ITS Help Desk, Economics & Computer Science TA/CA, Chinese Language Partner

    Bio: Hey, everyone! My name is Jiaxuan (James) Chen and I'm from Fujian, China. I am a rising senior and I use he/him pronouns! I am a triple major in Economics, Biology and Computer Science.

    On campus, I am a Research Assistant (RA) for British stock market economics research, a technician at ITS Help Desk, and a board member for the Community Standards Board. I also worked as a Chinese Language Partner to help people learn Chinese, and was a Community Advisor for High Rise/Low Rise. I love reading, writing Chinese calligraphy, and listening to country music!

    I am so excited to meet you on campus and feel free to contact me at jchenhsch@wesleyan.edu if you have any questions!