What is the University of Melbourne Buddy Program?
Have you heard of the University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences’ (MDHS) Buddy Program?
The Buddy Program aims to assist new, commencing international students, helping them to have a smoother initial transition to university life at Melbourne. The short-term program runs for the first semester of studies and is designed to provide you with the opportunity to connect with senior students and peers in the faculty, so you can familiarize yourself with the campus while making new friends.
After successfully piloting the mentoring program in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and the Melbourne Dental School, the university expanded the program across the faculty to include audiology, dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, oral health, physiotherapy, public health, psychology, social work, and speech pathology students.
You’ll be connected with a small group of other new international postgraduate students within MDHS to explore and discover student life together. “Buddies” may be from a different background or program.
These small groups of new students are then matched with two experienced seniors (“Senior Buddies”) who will help point you in the right direction if you have questions about life on campus, settling in, or making adjustments to university life.
Why should you be part of this program?
- Get crucial information and advice during your early university days
- Make new friends and connect socially with life at university
- Expand your personal network
- Meet students from other courses and backgrounds