Domestic student

The Buddy Program is a volunteer-based program that fosters relationships between upper-year students with newly admitted international and exchange students at the University of Ottawa. Each student who participates will gain valuable personal skills while also learning about different cultures.

With your help, the incoming international students will adapt more easily to their new cultural surrounding. You are encouraged to help your buddy upon their arrival with culture shock, administrative steps and help ease their transition into living and studying in Canada.

This term, there will be the option to earn volunteer hours through the MJCGCE for the Buddy program that are part of the Co-Curricular Record (CCR). Volunteer hours will be awarded for the completion of action items in Virtual Campus. The volunteering option is not mandatory for Buddy program participants, but is recommended.

The deadline to apply to be a buddy for the Fall session is August 25th. If you have any questions about the program, please email

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