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I-Buddy Program - Help Incoming International Students Adjust to Life at Illinois Tech!

Remember when you first came to Illinois Tech, and how scary it was to start college? You probably had a ton of questions about professors, getting around, and more. Wouldn't it have been great to have had those answers before you even arrived, and maybe even a friend on campus? Well, now you can be that person for your fellow Illinois Tech students! We have developed the I-Buddy program for current students to help incoming international students in preparing for and adjusting to life at Illinois Tech and the United States. Current students would not need to be from the US; they are welcome to act as buddies as long as they have spent one year on campus.

Buddies will correspond via email over the summer to discuss life at Illinois Tech, in Chicago, and in the United States. Most students talk about dorm life, extracurricular activities, getting around Chicago, and academics - you may have even had the same questions before you came to Illinois Tech. New students want to hear this information from someone who has been there, and there is nobody better to help them than you.

Current students, if you are interested in this program, please feel free to register here.

Incoming students (first-time at Illinois Tech), if you would like to be paired with a buddy, please register here.

We plan to match buddies in early July. We hope that you will consider participating in this program to help make life a little easier for your fellow students!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jen Sherdan at

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