Buddy program

Buddy program

Buddy for international students

Buddy team is a group of RMIT volunteers who dedicate their time and commitment to support international students with on and off-campus services. As local students, buddies have strong knowledge and understanding about Vietnamese culture and would be a great hand to help you make the most of your time in Vietnam. Therefore, buddies can be the first contact point prior to departure from your home country and will stay in contact with you for the whole semester.

Buddy team plays a fundamental role in organising activities for International Students together with RMIT staff throughout your semester in Vietnam. The activities include airport pickup services, international orientation, city tour, cooking class, welcome dinner, Vietnamese language classes, Vietnamese culture sharing, community engagement trip and city wandering trips.

Prior to your arrival, RMIT will introduce your buddy to you via email with full details of contact information. Your buddy will contact and support with information that you would need before arriving in Vietnam.

See our activities with new international students


Become a buddy

You might be interested in boosting your employability and increasing leadership, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills by becoming a member of the Buddy team and assisting new international students.

As a Buddy, you will experience both personal and professional growth, and develop skills in a diverse range of areas. You will:

  • Building your leadership, customer service and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Getting experience working with both small and large groups of students
  • Gaining better understanding of how RMIT assists students and how to refer them to the appropriate support service
  • Improving your awareness of transition processes and how students adjust to new cultures.

“Even though we joined this team with different backgrounds, we still have some common hobbies, common weird jokes and common goals such as to improve English, to explore different cultures, being a Vietnamese ambassador as well as making friends all over the world” – Quoc Anh, Buddy team.

If you wish to become a buddy, please contact us at international.students@rmit.edu.vn