Catamount Cultural Connections has two different programs to connect international students to other people on campus: a student-to-student program and a student-and-faculty/staff program. More below!
Buddy Program (Connects New International Students & Other Students)
The Buddy Program pairs new international students with continuing students at UVM (both American students and other international students). In your first year at UVM, this is a nice way to start meeting other students and an easy way to get involved. The Office of International Education (OIE) will invite you and your buddy to join events with us, but of course we also encourage students to get together independently - share a meal, go to the gym, study together, visit an on-campus event, or just hang out! The purpose is just to make connections. Introduce your buddy to your friends and hopefully you will meet theirs.
NEW International Students: You will be emailed about how to join the program before arriving on campus, but if you want to join later, click here.
Continuing UVM Students: If you have been at UVM for two or more semesters and would like to be matched with new international students arriving on campus, click here.
Once you have signed up, you will generally hear from us in about two weeks with more information. Thanks for joining us!
Community Host Program (Connects International Students & UVM Faculty/Staff/Community)
Would you like to be matched with a UVM faculty or staff member that acts as a community friend and mentor? The Community Host Program is a great opportunity to build connections and form lasting relationships both at UVM and in the larger Burlington community. Many students remain in contact with their hosts years after they leave UVM!
The OIE does not plan organized events for the Community Host Program; students and hosts get to plan their own activities and decide how often they would like to meet. Some ideas for spending time together could include having a picnic lunch or backyard BBQ, going for a walk by Lake Champlain or in Centennial Woods, watching a sporting event, learning a new hobby together, or enjoying tea or coffee at Henderson’s or over Zoom. This program is more informal than the Buddy Program and matches are made on a rolling basis. We will try to make a match within one month of your initial interest.
Prospective hosts: Please email our office at InternationalStudents@uvm.edu to tell us a little bit about yourself and why you are interested in joining the program. We will be in touch within two business days with addtional information.
Interested students: Stop by our office during walk-in hours or schedule a General Advising appointment here to learn more and to sign up.
Thanksgiving Meal Program (Connects International Students & UVM Faculty/Staff/Community)
Each year, the Office of International Education helps coordinate opportunities for international students to join the homes of UVM faculty, staff, and community members for Thanksgiving dinner. This is a special opportunity for our students to learn more about this important US holiday and for our community members to share their traditions and welcome students for the day. The event is coordinated in the fall semester - we begin taking sign-ups from hosts in early October and from students a bit later in the month. If you know you would like to host and want a reminder email to sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you on our list. This program will be advertised to all international students in the fall semester, so no early reminder is necessary.