Manchester Metropolitan University

Global Connections - Buddy Scheme

The International Buddy Scheme supports international students settling into their new life abroad and helps develop the global mindset of all our Manchester Met students. This is a unique opportunity for students to gain a greater understanding of diverse cultures and broader worldview.

Are you a new, incoming
international student interested in the Buddy Scheme?

 

 

Are you a current Manchester
Met student interested in the Buddy Scheme ?

Moving to a new a country and starting a degree course can be both thrilling and fun. It can also be a challenging and unfamiliar experience.

The aim of the Buddy Scheme is:

  • To help international students settle into life in Manchester
  • To discover the vibrant and exciting social scene of Manchester
  • To make friends and learn about the British culture.

The scheme offers a fabulous opportunity for current students to:

  • Support incoming international students with their orientation of Manchester Met University and the City of Manchester
  • To learn about and experience other cultures, countries and traditions
  • Make international contacts and friends
  • Develop a range of employability skills and enhance your CV
  • Gain a Manchester Met Futures Skills award
This scheme is all about making new friends and introducing new overseas students to Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester itself. This scheme is all about making new friends and learning more about diverse cultures


New, incoming international students
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Current Manchester Met students
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Guidance for current Manchester Met students (Buddy Mentor)

Why become a Buddy Mentor to an incoming International student?

Why become a Buddy Mentor to an incoming International student?

The International Buddy Scheme aims to support international students settle into their new life in Manchester, make friends and learn about the British culture. This scheme is all about making new friends and introducing new overseas students to Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester itself.

As well as helping a new overseas student settle into life, this is a great opportunity to:

  • Learn about and experience other cultures, countries and traditions
  • Make international contacts and friends
  • Develop a range of employability skills and enhance your CV
  • Gain a Manchester Met Futures Skills award
  • Organise and attend socials with all other buddies

Who can be a buddy mentor?

  • Any second or final year undergraduate students at Manchester Met (including home, international and EU students)
  • Any first year home students.
  • Any new postgraduate home students.

How to register as a mentor

To register complete the registration form online.

You can ask any question or query about the scheme on the online registration form and we will reply directly to you. Alternatively, if you are joining the Faculty of Business and Law, you can email Eileen Seaston, International Student Support Officer e.seaston@mmu.ac.uk who will respond to you. If you are joining the Faculty of Science and Engineering please email sc-eng.international@mmu.ac.uk who will respond directly to you.

How the scheme works

After completing the registration form, we will allocate buddies who we believe would be most suited to you. Before the start of term in September, we will exchange your details, so you can chat to your buddy and they can ask you about any pre-arrival worries or questions they may have.  Sometimes at the last minute in September, international students are unable to obtain visas to study for various reasons so we may allocate two or three students to you on the understanding that they may not all materialise.

There will be a compulsory mentor training session on Friday, 13th September, which will cover using this scheme for Manchester Met Futures Skill award, cultural awareness and the guidelines of the scheme.

There will be social events where you will meet all mentees and mentors, and be able to swap contact details and arrange social activities. Details of these will be emailed to you and all will be explained at the mentor training session.

There will be a final event,  formally ending the buddying. After this time, it’s up to you whether you maintain a friendship with your former buddies or not.

Anything in-between is up to you!

Manchester Met Futures Skills award

Working as an international buddy can help you to develop some really valuable skills. You can use this experience to help you achieve the Futures Skills Award

The award gives you recognition for the additional activities you undertake, as well as helping you to identify your strengths, develop your skills, and learn how to sell yourself to employers.  To find out more about the scheme visit the website at https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/careers/students/futures-skills-award/ or to sign up log in to My Career Hub at mycareerhub.mmu.ac.uk.

Expectations and responsibilities

  • Make sure you take the lead in maintaining contact with your buddy - remember new international students have a lot to take in when they first arrive.
  • Within the first month of the buddy scheme, we would expect you to meet your buddy at least once a week, this is due to the first month being one of the hardest for new students, and when they may have the most amount of doubts and queries about being in Manchester. After this, it is up to you and your buddy to decide how often you meet
  • Be reliable - stick to arrangements as much as possible and/or cancel in advance
  • Always meet in public places - for example on campus, in the student union, a café etc.
  • Enjoy the experience - remember this experience is as much for you as the new international students.
  • If you do not get any response from your buddy, please contact e.seaston@mmu.ac.uk if you are joining the Faculty of Business and Law. If you are joining the Faculty of Science and Engineering, please contact
    sc-eng.international@mmu.ac.uk
  • If you are planning to meet up with your buddy and you think other buddies may be interested, post on the Facebook group for those who interested and might wish to join you - remember this scheme doesn’t just have to be about your pair.
  • Be sensitive towards other cultures and religions
  • Make sure you’re familiar with all the right information to support the new students - this will be covered at the training session
  • If you are joining the Faculty of Business and Law and you decide not to continue with the scheme, please contact e.seaston@mmu.ac.uk. If you are joining the Faculty of Science and Engineering, please contact
    sc-eng.international@mmu.ac.uk. In the first instance, please discuss this with your buddy if possible.

Guidance and information for new incoming international students

Introduction

We know that moving to a new country and starting a degree course can be both thrilling and fun. It can also be a challenging and unfamiliar experience. We want to make sure your time at Manchester Met University in the heart of this multi-cultural and vibrant city, is the life-changing experience you are hoping for. The aim of the International Buddy Scheme is to make your transition as smooth and enjoyable as possible and give you opportunities to meet new friends, learn about British culture and discover the exciting social life of Manchester. 

Which new international students can take part in the buddy scheme?

Any new, undergraduate and postgraduate incoming international (overseas and EU) student.

How to register if you are new international student

Simply complete the electronic registration form and we will allocate a buddy mentor who we believe would be most suited to you.

We will send you an email confirming your inclusion in this scheme and a link to the buddy scheme Facebook group, where you can meet even more friendly faces!

How the scheme works

Before starting in September, we will exchange mentee and mentor contact details, for you to begin contacting each other and for you to chat about any queries or questions you may have before you arrive.

After your arrival, you will be invited to an introductory buddy social event when you can meet other mentors and mentees from all over the world. More social events will be arranged during the year.

Manchester Met Futures Skills award

Being an international buddy can help you to develop some really valuable skills. You can use this experience to help you achieve the Futures Skills Award

The award gives you recognition for the additional activities you undertake, as well as helping you to identify your strengths, develop your skills, and learn how to sell yourself to employers.  To find out more about the scheme visit the website at www.mmu.ac.uk/futures or to sign up log in to My Career Hub at mycareerhub.mmu.ac.uk.

Expectations and responsibilities

  • Make sure you maintain contact with your buddy mentor - remember you will have a lot to take in when you first arrive and your mentor is there to make your adaptation to living in Manchester smoother and more fun.
  • Within the first month of the buddy scheme, we would expect you to meet your buddy mentor at least once a week as this will be one of the most difficult times for you as a new students. After this, it is up to you and your buddy mentor to decide how often you meet
  • Be reliable - stick to arrangements as much as possible and/or cancel in advance
  • Always meet in public places - for example on campus, in the student union, a café etc.
  • Enjoy the experience - remember this experience is for you as a new arrival to Manchester and will help your acculturation process.
  • If you have any difficulties with your buddy mentor, please contact e.seaston@mmu.ac.uk if you are joining the Faculty of Business and Law. If you are joining the Faculty of Science and Engineering, please contact sc-eng.international@mmu.ac.uk
  • If you are planning to meet up with your buddy and you think other buddies may be interested, post on the Facebook group for those who interested and might wish to join you - remember this scheme doesn’t just have to be about your pair.
  • Be sensitive towards other cultures and religions
  • If you are joining the Faculty of Business and Law and you decide not to continue with the scheme, please contact e.seaston@mmu.ac.uk. If you are joining the Faculty of Science and Engineering, please contact
    sc-eng.international@mmu.ac.uk In the first instance, please discuss this with your buddy if possible.

Ideas of activities

  • Your mentor will know of plenty of activities at the university and in our vibrant city of Manchester.
  • There are many places around Manchester that offer student discount or are even free. See the following websites for ideas:

    10 things to do for free in Manchester (wow247.co.uk)


Finally – enjoy the experience!

 

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