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The Buddy Program

Being new to Montreal and McGill can be daunting; make the transition easier (and more fun) by joining the Buddy Program!

The Buddy program pairs new international students with current students who provide the friendly face, helping hand, and first Montreal friendship that can make a world of difference for new arrivals. Buddies can also offer linguistic support, cultural guidance and information about life at McGill.

Now in its 22nd year, the Buddy Program has helped thousands of international students - more than 750 last year - settle into McGill and Montreal.  Typical "buddy" activities might include:

  • showing international students around campus
  • locating nearby banks and grocery stores
  • helping with an apartment search
  • chatting over a cup of coffee

Volunteers and new students are paired starting in May for the Fall academic term, allowing new students to be in touch with their buddies over the summer should they chose to do so. There is no hard deadline for signing up, although it's important for both volunteers and new students to sign up before the term begins in order to ensure a smooth pairing.

If you're a NEW international student, you can request a buddy here

If you're a CURRENT student and would like to VOLUNTEER as a Buddy, register here.


IMPORTANT UPDATE: Buddies needed for Fall 2014!

  • If you are a returning student eager to volunteer as a Buddy, please submit the Buddy Volunteer Form.

  • To all returning Buddies: Please re-submit the Buddy Volunteer Form in order to be a Buddy this Fall 2014.


Thank you all enormously for your continued support and participation in the International Student Buddy Program. If you are graduating this semester, kindly accept our warmest wishes for a bright and successful future!