The Global Buddies Program is a recognized UI student organization that matches new international exchange students with American students who have been on campus for at least one year. American students are often past study abroad participants. Students will learn from each other. The new exchange students will be learning about the University, Iowa City, North American culture(s), and the English language. The students from the United States will learn about the culture, language and country of the student with whom they are matched. In addition, this is an opportunity for all participants to reflect on and gain a deeper understanding of their own culture through new perspectives. It is opportunity to make a new friend.
UI staff organize at least one Global Buddies event a month. Previous activities have included the following:
Please email here  if you are interested in Global Buddies. If eligible, you will be emailed an application. Please note Global Buddies membership is limited to U.S. students and exchange students coming to the University of Iowa for a short term stay (not F-1 students).
For more general information about the Global Buddies and other UI student organizations, please see the Office of Student Life .
Please contact the Global Buddies Coordinator for more information: