Throughout the semester, the Committee and Supergroup Leaders organise events and activities. Find out what Global Buddies have been up to.



  • Mon 15 Apr 2019 11:43

    Are you excited to share your knowledge about Edinburgh and get to know international students and their cultures?



    You can apply now to become a volunteer for Edinburgh's Global Buddies Society, a peer support programme for visiting students to the university run by students at Edinburgh, for either one or two semesters.



    Every year Edinburgh welcomes visiting International Students from all over the world to take part in all aspects of university life. Global Buddies is a peer support scheme that helps visiting students settle in and become familiar with their new home. We match new exchange students (International Buddies) into small groups with current Edinburgh students.


    So if you enjoy making new friends, and want the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, the Global Buddies would love for you to get involved!



    There are two types of volunteers within the Global Buddies, Buddy Group Leaders and Supergroup Leaders:

    • Buddy Group Leaders are responsible for supporting their Global Buddies to settle into life in Edinburgh. The role is a great way to make close connections with visiting International Students as you will be in charge of a small Buddy Group. Buddy Group Leaders could even be international students themselves too.


    • Supergroup Leaders are responsible for taking care of their whole Supergroup, in addition to their Buddy Group Leader role. This role is the chance to take on a little more responsibility, as you will be overseeing several Buddy Groups, and acting as a key contact between your Buddies and the Committee.


    Volunteering with the Global Buddies is not only a lot of fun - your commitment to the role will also be recognised on your HEAR transcript! You'll receive training and support throughout the year, and volunteering with the Global Buddies also makes you eligible for the Edinburgh Award for Global Citizenship (on campus)!


    Global Buddies is an amazing programme and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - you’ll get to know a hugely diverse group of people, attend fun social events and activities, and make a real difference in visiting students' lives.



    Register your interest here.



    Please note that you will be required to complete online training during the summer break and attend an in-person training session during Welcome Week, as well as the Buddies Meet and Greet.



    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on


    We look forward to hearing from you!

    The Global Buddies Committee

  • Wed 30 Jan 2019 12:36

    With everyone settling in to Semester 2 and hopefully getting to know your way around the university and the city of Edinburgh, we hope that you've all had a chance to get in touch with your fellow Global Buddies and meet up already!

    The first Global Buddies event of the semester, our Meet & Greet that we held on the 15th January, was great fun and we hope you all had a good time meeting your buddies and supergroups!

    Join our Facebook group to see all the photos from the event in case you haven't seen them yet!


    If you weren't able to make it - not to worry! Your Buddy Group Leaders should have been in touch with you since then, but please email us at if you haven't heard from them!


    Our next event is coming up tomorrow, Thursday 31st January at 6.45pm in Teviot Study. We are bringing back one of our most popular events from last semester - The Global Buddies Olympics

    The Global Buddies Olympics is all about bonding with your supergroup and is a great chance to get to know a much wider variety of people in the Global Buddies programme, beyond your smaller buddy group. 

    You will compete in and complete challenges against other teams, think Harry Potter House style. You will be split you into 6 teams according to your Supergroups, with your Supergroup Leaders heading up each as the night's team captains!
    We encourage you to dress up in your team colour 
    6:45 - 7:00 - Doors Open and Registration
    7:00 - 7:10 - Rules and administration
    7:10 - 7:30 - Challenge 1 - Photo Round
    7:30 - 7:50 - Challenge 2 - Scottish Round
    7:50 - 8:20 - Break Time
    8:20 - 8:40 - Challenge 3 - Sports Round
    8:40 - 9:00 - Challenge 4 - Treasure Hunt
    9:00 - 9:30 - Award Ceremony
    For our winners and the committee's chosen favourite photo we have a sur-prize!

    Please remember to bring your phones along and get ready to document the night away! 


    Here are some of our favourite photos from last semester's Global Buddies Olympics!

    Hopefully these give you some ideas of the creativity that the Global Buddies showed off last year! We can't wait to see you all tomorrow!

  • Thu 27 Sep 2018 09:15

    Our first co-hosted event with Tandem from Global Students is here! So mark your calendars and make sure you come to this fabulous event specially designed for international students at Edinburgh! 

    Global Buddies and Tandem from Global Students will co-host this exclusive event to help you as international students to adapt better and enjoy your Edinburgh experience:

    17:30-18:30: Tandem Speed Lingua 
    18:30-1900: Refreshments (free food and wine!!!) 
    19:00-19:45: Introduction and Q&A on academic writing and studies 
    19:45-20:30: Treasure Hunt 

    After this event, we will move to Sports Bar in Teviot to continue socialising. Please come along to meet more wonderful friends!

    Time: Friday, Oct 5th, 17:30-21:00
    Location: Dining Room, Teviot Row House

    Please register your ticket on Eventbrite to reserve your place! 


    And click attending on the Facebook event! 



    Can’t wait to see you all there!

    - The Global Buddies Committee