The Buddy Program provides an opportunity to develop cross cultural friendships 

The Buddy Program is a new initiative that pairs international students with domestic students from La Trobe University. The program helps La Trobe students to make friends, develop peer networks, and engage in cross-cultural exchange. The program not only helps students develop language and intercultural communication skills, it helps build global awareness as well as rewarding friendships between students.

And most importantly, it is FUN!!!

Once you are matched with your ‘Buddy’, you will meet up regularly for conversation and friendship, as well as having opportunities to attend events and activities, both on and off-campus, together and as part of the Buddy Group. 


The benefits:

  • Increased social networks

  • Access to recreational activities (free tickets & invitations to events)

  • Information exchange

  • Learn about another culture

  • Learn more about your university, study supports & services

  • More friends + more fun!!!

Please note that places are strictly limited, and the application does not guarantee a place. Selections will be made on a case-by-case basis. 


If you are accepted, you will agree to:

  • Be part of the program for the 2019-2020 academic year

  • Meet with your partner regularly (once a fortnight is recommended)

  • Arrange to meet either on campus or n a mutually agreeable place

  • Stay in contact with program organisers throughout the year to provide feedback, discuss any issues etc.


The commitment is:

  • For the academic year 

  • Meet with your partner regularly

  • Meet on campus to begin the conversation, and always meet in a mutually agreeable place

  • Respond to a few surveys about the experience throughout the year

Any questions can be sent to:

Mandy Kitchener
Residential Education Coordinator, Health & Wellbeing
Accommodation Services
La Trobe University | Bundoora 3086
T: +61 3 9479 2987 | M: 0417 230 136
E:  | W:

Anna Jenkins
International Student Services Coordinator (Community Engagement)
La Trobe International | La Trobe University | Bundoora Vic 3086  Australia
Level 3 (312a) Sylvia Walton Building
Direct Line: 03 9479 3519 | LTI Reception: 03 9479 1199

M: 0429 546 961 | Fax: 03 9479 3660 | E: 

Stephen Manteit
Student Counsellor
La Trobe College Australia
La Trobe University
Victoria 3086 Australia
P: +61 3 9479 3227




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