International Student Scholar Services


Coming to a new place and to a new culture is an exciting experience, but it can be a little overwhelming as well. The International Student Buddy Program (Buddy Program) is a program designed to support new incoming international students during their first semester at Columbia College Chicago. The program matches new international students with current Columbia College students to help the new student identify social, cultural and academic pathways and expectations as a Columbia College student living in the city of Chicago.

The “Buddy” is there to provide guidance and support; to answer questions about life at Columbia and in the city of Chicago; and to help incoming new international students adjust better to their new "home away from home."

If you will be a new degree-seeking international student to Columbia, you can request a buddy today by logging into your application portal or clicking the button below.

Request a Buddy

 Are you a current student who would like to be a buddy to a new international student?  The International Buddy Program offers scholarships to those current students selected to be a buddy to a new international student.  If you are interested in applying to be a buddy, please e-mail for more information and application dates.