Connect. Collaborate. Belong.

We understand that for many commencing international students, living and studying in a new environment can be both exciting and challenging.

MIT provides a Buddy Program designed to make the transition into MIT and study life as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. We match a current senior student (Senior Buddies) with a small group of commencing students (Junior Buddies) for a weekly catch-up for the first four to six weeks of the trimester. This provides an informal and relaxed environment where the students can query matters at MIT and beyond.

Join a group of friends that will assist in your transition as you adjust to life in Australia.

Join the Program

Junior Buddies

If you are a commencing international student at MIT who would like the support of a group of senior students to help your transition into a new living and study environment, join the MIT Buddy Program and experience first-hand life at MIT.

Register to be a Junior Buddy

Senior Buddies

We encourage all students in their second or subsequent trimesters to apply to become a senior student buddy at MIT. Successful applicants will be part of a team which we refer as ‘The Welcome Team’.

Register to be a Senior Buddy



Enrich your leadership skills

Volunteering to become a Buddy is an ideal way to get involved with the MIT Community and make connections while having fun and developing your leadership skills. Caring, hardworking, and mature students who are willing to take on a leadership role in our program are those students who we are looking for. Within a fun and supportive environment, we offer you the ability to increase your leadership skills. As an International Student Buddy you will be required to meet, motivate and engage with commencing international students to create an environment which assists the transition of students to life in Australia. All these factors will advance your personal and professional goals and assist you to become a better leader.

Benefits of the position:

  • This position is an unpaid volunteer position with recognition granted as part of MIT’s GlobalCommunity+ Program.
  • Receive a reference letter after completing four weeks of the buddy program.
  • Ability to add volunteer experience to your CV
  • Receive a Certificate of Participation


This program is open to all full-time enrolled students that are in their second trimester or higher and who are in good academic-standing at MIT.

To be successful in this program we require you to commit to the following events:

  • Attend Buddy/Leader Training
  • Attend start-up Meet and Greet
  • Attend Buddy Program organised events during the trimester
  • Meet with your buddy as prescribed

General Enquiries:

Melbourne Campus:
The Argus, 288 Latrobe Street
Melbourne 3000
Tel: +61 3 8600 6700

Sydney Campus:
154-158 Sussex Street
Sydney 2000
Tel: +61 2 8267 1400