Sign up as a visiting student


If you are a visiting international student coming to study at the University of Edinburgh for one or two semesters, you are invited to apply to join Global Buddies. Please note that only visiting students can apply to this programme. Visiting students are fully matriculated in a different university and come to Edinburgh on exchange for one or two semesters. 


If you are a visiting student and want to apply, please register here


The Global Buddies programme connects you with current University of Edinburgh students to help you adjust to student life abroad. You will be matched into a group with two current Edinburgh students and five other visiting students. Any incoming exchange or visiting student studying in Edinburgh for one or two semesters can apply. 

When you sign up, there are a number of questions about your interests and preferences. These will be used to match you into a Buddy Group with like-minded people. There are a limited number of places on the Global Buddies programme and participation for visiting students is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. 


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