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The University of Limerick International PhD Buddy Programme (Spring 2021)


The University of Limerick International PhD Buddy Programme (Spring 2021)

University of Limerick


At a Glance

  • Start Date:28/01/2021
  • End Date:31/05/2021
  • Closing date:01/06/2021
  • Post Updated:01/03/2021
  • Min Hours:12
  • Role Type:Mentoring/Befriending

Requirements:Must be currently enrolled as a postgraduate research student at the University of Limerick. Must be familiar with UL and Limerick.


The UL International PhD Student Buddy Programme is an initiative that 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. New international students at the University of Limerick often have a lot of questions and concerns during their first weeks. The programme strives to help our international PHD students settle in during their first semester by providing them with insider tips and sharing your experiences as a new student at UL. The role of the Buddy Programme is more important than ever before, as our incoming PhD colleagues are faced with new challenges in light of COVID-19. The buddy programme will run virtually for the Spring 2021 semester. With the vast number of online platforms that exist, it is very possible to provide the same level of support to your new international buddies safely online. 

Is training provided?: No

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

Commit between 12 and 20 hours to your international PhD buddies over the Spring Semester 2021.

Be a friendly and welcoming face to new international PhD buddies to help them integrate into the university community and Limerick.

Make contact with your international PhD buddies as soon as you receive their contact details and check in with them during the semester. 

Share insider tips about the wide range of supports available at the University of Limerick from the student perspective. Share your knowledge about Irish culture, shopping in Limerick, upcoming events, etc.

Facilitate small group meetings to answer any questions your buddies may have. 

Be a representative of the University of Limerick. Serve as a role model and mentor.

A great addition to your CV.

Earn volunteer hours towards the President’s Volunteer Award.

Skills required for this role:

Interested in fostering international friendships and cultivating stronger cross-cultural awareness.

Display awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusivity. 

Strong communication skills, patience and professionalism are essential.

Ability to work well as part of a team. 

Strong leadership skills.

Minimum time commitment per week:
1 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Sign up via short application form (link will be sent to you once you have signed up) which will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. Please contact Michelle Daly through the apply now button if you have any questions about the programme.


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

Name: Michelle Daly

Address: University of Limerick, Limerick

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