International & New-to-Canada Student Buddy Program

International & New-to-Canada Student Buddy Program

Are you an international student, permanent resident, new immigrant, or exchange student looking to make connections with upper year students on campus and meet new people from around the world?

The International Education Centre is bringing back the International & New-to-Canada Student Buddy Program! In this program, you will be grouped with upper year domestic and international mentors as well as fellow buddies. Your group is meant to provide friendship, guidance and support as you start your new journey in Mississauga! 

Benefits of joining our buddy program:

  1. Expand your network and meet new people from around the world with similar interests;
  2. Benefit from the support and experiences of upper year domestic and international students and learn how to get involved on campus;
  3. Have support in regards to culture, language, and life at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and the City of Mississauga;
  4. Both mentors and incoming students will receive Co-Curricular Record (CCR) credit and a certificate of completion for participation in the program.

Possible activities for buddies:

  1. Help incoming students locate grocery stores (including culture specific locations), pharmacies, banks, etc.;
  2. Show the buddies around UTM and Mississauga;
  3. Meet up for coffee/ tea/ bubble tea;
  4. Attend our Buddy Program socials, IEC events and workshops, and other on-campus events. 

Registration is Now Closed!

Getting started information:

The Buddy Program will officially begin during the third week of September. 

All students who register for the progam are accepted into it. You will receive an email with further information about the dates, times, and locations of our first introduction!

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