You are invited to be a “buddy” to a visiting international student. The buddy system is one of the most important parts of our program with partner universities: their students look forward to having someone they can count on for information, they feel supported, and they have an instant friend.
Brian Macke has been matched with more than one exchange student through the buddy program. This is what he had to say about the experience:
The International Buddy program was one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences that I had during my time as an undergrad at UC. I had several buddies over the years and always became good friends with them. I took my buddies around town, showed them the fun places to eat, shop, and hang out, and even took them on trips to places like Lake Michigan and the Detroit Auto Show. I have also taken 3 separate trips back to France over the past 2 years to visit some of my old buddies, where they returned the favor by taking me around their cities and showing me how great a home-cooked French meal can be! I actually just returned from a trip to Toulouse where I even got to experience a traditional French wedding at my friend's castle! The program has truly been an amazing experience for me because it has allowed me to learn a great deal about other cultures and it has given me great friends and professional contacts all over the world.
-Brian Macke, CoB 2008, Honors-Plus