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UL Postgraduate Students’ Union


At a Glance

  • Start Date:01/02/2021
  • End Date:01/01/2022
  • Closing date:01/01/2022
  • Post Updated:16/12/2020
  • Min Hours:5
  • Role Type:Mentoring/Befriending

Requirements:Must be familiar with UL and Limerick


The University of Limerick Buddy Programme is an initiative which matches incoming international students with a student volunteer from UL based on similar interests. Coming to a new country can be daunting for new students. The aim of the programme is to help our international PHD students settle in during their first few weeks by providing them with insider tips and sharing your experiences as a new student at UL. We look for volunteers who have a genuine interest in getting to know and helping new students from all over the world. 

Is training provided?: No

Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:

Be a friendly and welcoming face to new PHD buddies, help them familiarise with University of Limerick and Limerick.

Commit 12 – 20 hours a semester to your Buddies and the programme.

Make contact via email with your international Buddies four weeks in advance of the new term – check your emails during semester breaks for your buddies’ contact information. 

Answer queries, provide information on the University and the locality on an on-going basis, as you would with your friends.

Take part in the Buddy events organised by ULPSU.

Collect tickets on behalf of your Buddies for events. 

Skills required for this role:

No particular skills required, the benefits of being a buddy is mentioned below:

A chance to practise your language skills 

Make international connections for the future

Learn about new cultures while making new friends

Help students from your own academic background 

Develop your communication skills 

A great addition to your CV

Earn volunteer hours towards the President’s Volunteer Award which is displayed on your transcript

Minimum time commitment per week:
1 hour p/week


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:


Address: UL Postgraduate Students’ Union, UL POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS’ UNION, stables courtyard


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