FAQs for U.S. Students:
Who can participate?
If you are interested in being a U.S. buddy, you must be a current UTC U.S. student in good academic standing.
Will I get paid if I’m a domestic buddy?
No. Participation in IBP is voluntary. Even though you will not get paid, you will enrich your college experience by becoming more culturally aware and getting to know people from all over the world. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the year, and being an IBP buddy will look great on your resume.
Do I need to speak a foreign language to join IBP?
No. You will communicate mostly in English. However, you may take advantage of this opportunity and practice your foreign language skills.
FAQs for International Students:
Is it free to participate in IBP?
Yes. It is free to participate in and be a part of IBP.
Can I still participate in IBP if this is not my first semester as an international student?
Yes. You may still participate in the large group events. You will just not be assigned a domestic buddy.
FAQs for All Buddies:
How do sign up for IBP?
You can sign up by completing the appropriate online application:
U.S. Buddy Application
Application period for Domestic Application:
March 15, 2021 to March 29, 2021 @ midnight
International Buddy Application
Application period for International Application:
March 15, 2021 to August 1, 2021 @ midnight
When will I find out who my buddy/mentor is?
You will find out who your buddy is as soon as the matching process is complete, usually a couple of weeks before the semester starts.
How many events am I required to attend each semester?
You are required to attend 3 events per semester. One of the events can be a CGE event (i.e. International Tea Time, Global Spotlight, Day Trip, etc.)
What if my buddy is not responding to my emails/texts/calls?
If your buddy is not interacting and involved, please contact the IBP coordinator. Depending on the situation, a new buddy may be assigned.
If my buddy and I are not getting along, can I be assigned a new buddy?
This depends on the situation/case. Remember that you will also be in contact with the larger group of students who are part of IBP.
What kind of large group events do you have?
Examples of large group events/programs include, but are not limited to, the welcome event, Halloween party, farewell event, corn maze/pumpkin patch, game nights, trivia nights, hikes, and more.
Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns about IBP?
You may contact the Senior Coordinator of International Student and Scholar Services, Patricia (Pato) Lin-Steadman.