Becoming a Buddy

I met people in this group that I will never forget, and some I would even call friends for life. There can’t be anything better than that.
— Fabian Brands, Germany


  • Opportunity to meet and build friendships with students from around the world
  • Become part of a global community
  • Gain insight on different cultural values and world views
  • Reduce effects of reverse cultural shock when returning from study abroad



  • Communicate with exchange students via email or Facebook once a week before their arrival, answering any questions the exchange students may have and providing general suppport
  • Meet your buddies during International Student Orientation Week 
  • Help exchange students get settled into their new apartment, or in help in setting up living arrangements till they can set up something more permanent 
  • Assist the exchange students, when possible, by taking them shopping for groceries and other necessary items
  • Answer basic questions about student life and introduce exchange students to Texas A&M
  • Participate in IBA events



  • Current Texas A&M student
  • Compeleted required buddy orientation 



  • Strong communication skills
  • Genuine interest in helping people
  • Respect for differences in religious & political beliefs
  • Active member of IBA