Global Buddies


Global Buddies is a great way for students to meet new people, share experiences, and make the most of their time at the University of Edinburgh. 


Global Buddies is a peer support programme for incoming international students coming to the University of Edinburgh. The aim of the programme is to support new international students’ transition into a new academic and cultural environment. At the same time, Global Buddies gives current students at the University of Edinburgh an opportunity to learn about other cultures and to meet people from across the world. 


If you are a new international student and you are not going to be in Edinburgh in September, don’t worry! There will be plenty of opportunities to connect with your buddies online. If you are a current student at the University of Edinburgh and will not be on campus in September, you can still volunteer with us!


If you have any questions about Buddies, you can email us at or visit our FAQ page


“During your time in Edinburgh, you will always feel the diversity and multiculturalism within the community, Global Buddies would offer a unique experience providing opportunities for all international students to explore Scottish culture, to adapt into a new environment and to build a long-lasting friendship with students from all over the world. Although transiting into a new city is always full of challenges, the events and people from Global Buddies would always support your integration into Edinburgh.”

Ximing Huang- Global Buddies Chair 2019-2020