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The Buddy Program matches up international exchange students to UT students who have either recently returned from studying abroad or will be studying abroad the following semester at 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 equally interested in international travel.
A meet and greet reception will be coordinated by the BBA International Program office each semester. We encourage all students participating in the Buddy Program to attend in addition to meeting with their family groups several times throughout the semester.
To encourage greater interaction and networking among UT and international students, students participating in the Buddy Program will be assigned a "family group" comprising at least 2 UT students 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 will sign up on a web form by the deadline; the link and other information will be e-mailed to you.
The Global Ambassador Program invites returning study abroad students and current international exchange students to help promote study abroad by speaking to prospective study abroad students about what it is like to live and study overseas. By sharing your personal experiences of living in or being from another country, we hope that many more students will go on exchange and immerse themselves in new and fascinating cultures around the world!
Return Study Abroad Students - This is a great opportunity for current McCombs students to hear firsthand about your study abroad experience and for you to talk about what it’s like to live and study overseas, share any interesting cultural observations about your host country, provide words of advice (student life, travel, classes), and encourage students to also study abroad while at UT!
International Exchange Students - This is a great opportunity for current McCombs students to hear firsthand about what it’s like to live in your country and study at your institution. We encourage you to share any interesting cultural observations about the US and your host country, provide words of advice (student life, travel, classes), and encourage our students to also study abroad in your country!
Based on the student's availability, Global Ambassadors are asked to participate in at least 2 to 3 promotional events during the semester. Events may include speaking at study abroad information sessions, student organization presentations, Freshmen Interest Group (FIG) classes, freshmen recruiting events, K-4th grade outreach programs, or Family Weekend.
Become an Ambassador
Interested students should email BBAInternationalPrograms@mccombs.utexas.edu to join the program.
Organizations and Programs for International Students:
Joining a student organization is one of the best ways to meet UT students, make friends, and get more out of your semester in Austin! With over 900 registered students organizations, it is easy to find one that meets your interests and is right for you.
UT Student Organizations
The Student Organization Database is the best way to research student organizations. Students can search by keyword, name, or by organization type. Categories include: International/Cultural, Social, Professional, Recreational, Special Interests, Sports, Religious, Service, Political.
During the first weeks of the semester, students are encouraged to stop by the West Mall (west of the Tower building) or the Jester Building foyer (corner of 21st street and Speedway) to visit a variety of student org tables distributing membership and event information.
McCombs Student Organizations
There are also over 30 student organizations registered at the McCombs School of Business. This is a great way to meet fellow business students while joining a professional, service, social or major-related student organization. Learn more.