Fill the new year with new friends! Apply for the International Buddy Program.
The International Buddy Program (IBP) is one of more than 500 student organizations available to students at Auburn University and is one of the most popular student organizations among Auburn Global students. The goal of the organization is to match international students with American students based on similar interests and personalities to form meaningful friendships. Oftentimes, these buddy pairs are just the beginning of lifelong friendships that span oceans and continents.
IBP organizes several group events for members including a formal dance, game nights, and cultural holiday celebrations where many buddy pairs can come together to make even more friends. Buddy pairs are encouraged to meet face-to-face at least twice a month to spend time together and nurture their new friendship. These meetings include anything from meeting up for dinner or coffee, to studying together at the library, to going to an Auburn University athletic event.
Here are some reasons why Auburn Global students decided to join IBP:
Luigi, a master’s student studying TESOL from China, joined IBP because he hoped to make an American friend and practice his English. His favorite memory with his buddy (Sam) was when Luigi took Sam home to visit China over the holiday break. Luigi had a great time showing Sam around his hometown in China.
Jahnavi, an undergraduate student studying Biomedical Sciences from India, joined IBP in fall 2018. She heard about IBP during orientation and she joined to meet new people and become more familiar with Auburn.She had two buddies named Tyler and Taylor. Her favorite memory with them was when they had bonfire together at friends place. At the bonfire, Jahnavi had s’mores there for first time ever and played secret Santa which she said, “… was more fun that I could ever imagine!”
Deeksha, an undergraduate student studying Environmental Design from India, joined IBP during her freshman year (Fall 2017). She had two buddies named Abby and Maddy. He favorite memory with her buddies was when they carved pumpkins during Halloween at a friends house. Deeksha shared, “It was my first time carving a pumpkin and it was so much fun!”
Naomi, an undergraduate student studying Architecture from Nigeria, joined IBP during her first semester at Auburn (Fall 2018) because she thought that joining the organization would be a good way to meet new people. One of her favorite IBP memories is when she and her buddies, Ravyn and Mia, had a great 4th of July when the went swimming, relaxed and had a picnic by a lake.
IBP applications are open now and you still have time join this awesome student organization if you submit your application by January 31!