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The Buddy Program

Make the transition to McGill easier (and more fun!) by joining the Buddy Program!


New International Student?

Get paired with an upper-year McGill student!

Matching for the Fall 2022 semester will continue till early September.


Have questions?

Please refer to our New Student FAQ

Current/Returning Student?

Volunteer to be a buddy mentor for Fall 2022! 

Matching for the Fall 2022 semester will continue till early September.


Buddy Volunteers - Once you're signed up, access the Buddy Portal


Have questions?

Please refer to our Volunteer FAQ



The Buddy program pairs new international students with current students who provide a 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 celebrating its 34th anniversary, the Buddy Program has helped thousands of international students settle into McGill and Montreal.  Typical "buddy" activities might include:

  • online face to face meetups using any platform (i.e. Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Google Meet or Houseparty)
  • email or meet online to talk about courses, professors, campus life, clubs, etc.
  • online karaoke, Zumba, or videogames
  • chatting online over a cup of coffee or tea

Volunteers and new students are paired on a rolling basis during the summer, allowing new fall students to be in touch with their buddies over the summer. 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.

Student testimonies- 

“I found that during the pandemic new students were more responsive to my emails and very happy to schedule zoom meetings with me. A lot of them couldn't get to Canada until only recently and were very anxious about starting a semester from far away. It was very rewarding for me to be there for them and even help them practice their English! It's so nice to meet students from so many different places, and I benefitted from it even more so now, that I have so little interaction with people. Definitely meets my expectations every semester!” - Winter 2021 Buddy volunteer

“I love being a buddy volunteer. I have volunteered for several semesters now and it is always a lovely and rewarding experience. Keep up the good work! Thank you!”- Winter 2021 Buddy volunteer

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