Buddy Programme

Buddy Programme

IKSU Buddy Programme began from 2018/19 academic year as a semester-based programme. We buddy up our Korean pathway students with exchange students from Korea so that students can enjoy language and cultural exchange exercise.

For inquiries, please contact Ms Rowann Fitzpatrick (RFitzpatrick2@uclan.ac.uk).

Application period: April – May for Semester 1 buddy programme, October – November for Semester 2 buddy programme

For buddy programme, please see the Opportunity sub-section

Call for applications of IKSU Buddy Programme with Korean Exchange Students 

We are recruiting IKSU Buddy Programme which students can be buddies for Korean exchange students who are joining UCLan in 2019/20 Semester 2.

IKSU Buddy Programme is voluntary based programme, and thus, there is no payment involved.

If you are interested in IKSU Buddy Programme, please read the following carefully.

Application Submission Guideline:

  1. Email your application form to Rowann Fitzpatrick by 10 December 2019, 5 PM.
  2. With your email title as “[IKSU Buddy, 2019/20 Sem 2] Full Name” 
    - if you do not abide by this, your application form will not be considered.
  3. Application form: 2-page MS-Word file containing (1) student number and full name, (2) your course (APS, TESOL or MOLA), (3) contact information (email, mobile), (4) the reason why you chose Korean pathway, (5) the reason why you want to be a buddy to Korean exchange students, (6) how your buddy experience can benefit your study at UCLan and study abroad in Korea, and (7) how you can contribute to promoting IKSU in the future.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Enrolled in Korean language modules
    • Students enrolled in KO1001, KO2001 and KO3001/2 for 2019/20 academic year
    • With a good rate of attendance

Assessment Criteria:

  1. Peer reviewed assessment of your application
  2. Attendance rate in Korean language modules and academic performance in other modules (cross check with module tutors)

Main Roles:

  1. Begins from Semester 2
  2. Ends when Korean exchange students leave for Korea
  3. Provide useful guidance to Korean exchange students in terms of life at UCLan and life in the UK in general
  4. Participate in IKSU events

Result Announcement:

  • 8 January 2020

This is a ‘student-led’ process, and thus, we expect students to be accountable once you become buddies.


IKSU Buddy Experience by Adam Gareth Rowe (TESOL with Korean, 2018/19 Semester 1 buddy)

Through the buddy scheme at UCLan IKSU, I was able to spend time and make friends with various Korean students coming over here to study.  It was a great opportunity to practice my Korean but alongside this, it was fun just to socialise with them whilst helping them settle into university life here. I was happy to show them around Preston and help them out with things as needed, and we became close friends by the end of it. Overall it was a great experience that improved my university life, and I look forward to meeting those friends again when I go to Korea as part of the study abroad programme.