Buddy Program

Have you heard of the MDHS Buddy Program?

First of all – welcome to the University of Melbourne and congratulations on being offered a graduate course at the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS).

We understand that starting University in a new country can be both exciting but challenging. So, if you are a new commencing international postgraduate student enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, this Buddy Program is for you!

About the program

This brand new scheme aims to assist new commencing international students to have a smoother initial transition to university life at Melbourne. The short-term program* will provide you with the opportunity to connect with senior students and peers in the faculty, so you can familiarise yourself with the campus while making new friends from the get-go!

*First semester of your studies at Melbourne.

Welcome from Professor Jane Gunn,
Dean of the Faculty of MDHS

Tip #1: Check out the FAQs below for more information about the scheme.

  • How does the Buddy Program work?

    1. The Buddy Program matches you (a new commencing international postgraduate student) with current senior MDHS students.
    2. You will be connected with a small group of other new international postgraduate students within MDHS to explore and discover student life together. Your other buddies may be from a different background or course.
    3. We will then pair your group with two experienced seniors (our 'Senior Buddies') who will help point you in the right direction if you have questions about life on campus, settling in or making adjustments to university life.
  • Who is this program for?

    This program is for you if you are:
    ✔ A new commencing international postgraduate student and
    ✔ Enrolled in one of our (graduate coursework) courses in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

    Tip #2: Why should you be part of this program?

    • Get crucial information and advice during your early university days
    • Make new friends & connect socially with life at university
    • Expand your personal network
    • Meet students from other courses and backgrounds
  • How do I join the Buddy Program?

    Applications are now closed for Semester 1, 2021. 

    Remember – in order to be eligible for this program, you must be a new commencing international postgraduate student enrolled in one of our MDHS courses.

    Tip #3: Questions?

    Drop us an email at contactmdhs-srt@unimelb.edu.au with the email title: Buddy Program registration.

  • FAQs

    Who is the MDHS Buddy program for?

    This program is for new commencing international postgraduate students at MDHS. This Buddy Program aims to provide additional support to the new commencing postgraduate students, on top of the range of other student support services offered by the university.

    How long is the program for?

    The MDHS Buddy Program aims to provide additional support during the initial transition into university life. This is a short-term program which runs during the first semester of your degree.

    Who are the Senior Buddies? 

    Our Senior Buddies are students who have been at The University of Melbourne for a longer period of time and are familiar with navigating student life on campus. You can find out more about our senior buddies here.

    How are the Buddies matched?

    The Senior and Junior buddies will be matched through a confidential process based on information provided by both parties upon registration. Every effort is made to ensure the participants' interests are aligned as closely as possible. Some degree of flexibility and understanding on the part of the participants may be required to make the most of the opportunity.

    When is the first meet-up?

    At the start of each semester, there will be a Meet & Greet event to welcome all Buddy Program participants. It is compulsory for all program participants to attend the Meet & Greet event. Outside of these two formal gatherings, the Buddy groups are encouraged to continue catching up, either via social media or simply just by grabbing a coffee or lunch together.

    Will my Senior Buddy help me with my assignments or exam preparation?

    Important: Your Senior Buddies are not tutors, and are not trained to assist with academic work.

    Seniors may share with Juniors their experiences and study tips but are not able to assist with reviewing work and assignments. Academic Skills is a great resource for students to get support on academic writing, time management and presentation skills.

    I have registered for this program and I am no longer interested in this program. What should I do?

    Please drop us an email at contactmdhs-srt@unimelb.edu.au with the title: Buddy Program, as early as possible and we will work out the rest.

    Other useful resources

    • Find your way around campus (link)
    • Support services – Stop 1 (link)
    • Health and Wellbeing (link)
    • Careers and employability (link)
    • Student services workshops (link)
    • Clubs and societies (link)
The Buddy Program is really fun and informative. I met kind Senior Buddies and they gave advice about the various student support services which were engaging and useful. Thank you to MDHS staff for supporting this program, it is really appreciated. Michael Lim (Junior Buddy), Indonesia

If you are a new commencing international postgraduate student, this program is just for you! Expression of Interest for the MDHS Buddy Program is now closed for students commencing in Start Year 2021.

If you are commencing in Mid-Year 2021, registrations for Mid-Year will only open in May.

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MEET OUR SENIOR BUDDIES

Our Senior Buddies are students who have been at the University of Melbourne for a longer period of time and are familiar with navigating student life on campus.

They can help you learn some tips and tricks for starting out at university.

Read their stories

The Buddy Program provided an amazing platform for MDHS students to connect with each other, especially in this difficult time. I, like many international students, am physically apart from Melbourne, but the distance seemed to have disappeared with these regular online sessions. The Senior Buddies have helped me to get to know the University of Melbourne and smoothly transition to the first semester of my postgraduate study. Huiyuan Meng (Junior Buddy), China