The Buddy Program matches up international exchange students to UT students who have recently returned from studying abroad or will be studying abroad the following semester at one of our partner schools. This is a great way to meet new friends, practice English or a foreign language, share advice on life in the U.S. and overseas, and network with students interested in international travel.
Students participating in the Buddy Program will be assigned a "family group" of at least two UT students and international students to encourage interaction and networking among UT and international students. We encourage family groups to get together at least twice a month throughout the semester.
How to Join
To become a buddy, interested students can sign up using the web form. There is more information posted on the BBA International Programs Facebook page. If the sign-up time has passed, interested students can email us to find out if there's still availability to participate. Please email our Program Coordinator Laura LaPierre-Yap to become involved.
Calendar of Events
A meet-and-greet reception and a farewell event are coordinated by the BBA International Program office each semester. We encourage all students participating in the Buddy Program to attend these events in addition to meeting with their family groups several times throughout the semester.