International Buddy Program


International Buddy Program participants


Adjusting to a new cultural environment can be exciting and challenging. New international students often have a lot of questions and concerns during their first weeks on campus. The International Buddy Program (IBP) was created to ease the transition.

The IBP strives to make incoming international students feel welcome and help them prepare for their transition to graduate life. The program partners new international students ("buddies") with current students ("mentors"). The mentors serve as a resource for incoming international students, and provide a friendly face while providing helpful information.

The IBP is open to all CCAS graduate students. It is FREE, FUN and held each semester for new international graduate students. All that is required is your commitment to the program!

Unfortunately due to COVID-19, the International Buddy Program will not operate in Fall 2020.  We hope to be back in Spring 2021!


We Promote:

  • Connections between current and new international students
  • Cross-cultural friendships
  • Building a globally minded and inclusive community
  • Peer support in finding ways to integrate into the university community

What New Students Can Expect For Joining the Program

  • Connect with a current CCAS student
  • Explore the campus with your mentor
  • Explore cultural differences in studying and living at GW
  • Participate in group events with other international and current students. Lots of FREE food and fun activities!

Shilpa Rajbhandari, Data Science

Shilpa Rajbhandari

Master's Student, Data Science
from Kathmandu, Nepal

"It was great to be a part of the International Buddy Program as a mentor. Sharing my experiences, culture, value, and interest with my buddy was an invaluable experience."


Please contact us through the International Buddy Program email at [email protected] or visit our IBP Facebook Page and Instagram for more information!