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Getting Involved

Buddy Program

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Why Join?

The Buddy Program matches up international exchange students to UT students who have either recently returned from studying abroad or will be studying abroad the following semester at our partner schools. This is a great way to meet new friends, practice English or a foreign language, share advice on life in the U.S. and overseas, and network with students equally interested in international travel.

A meet and greet reception will be coordinated by the BBA International Program office each semester. We encourage all students participating in the Buddy Program to attend in addition to meeting with their family groups several times throughout the semester. 

Family Groups

To encourage greater interaction and networking among UT and international students, students participating in the Buddy Program will be assigned a "family group" comprising at least 2 UT students and international students. We encourage family groups to get together at least twice a month throughout the semester. 

How to Join

To become a buddy, interested students will sign up on a web form by the deadline; the link and other information will be e-mailed to you. 

Global Ambassadors

The Global Ambassador Program invites returning study abroad students and current international exchange students to help promote study abroad by speaking to prospective study abroad students about what it is like to live and study overseas. By sharing your personal experiences of living in or being from another country, we hope that many more students will go on exchange and immerse themselves in new and fascinating cultures around the world! 

  • Return Study Abroad Students - This is a great opportunity for current McCombs students to hear firsthand about your study abroad experience and for you to talk about what it’s like to live and study overseas, share any interesting cultural observations about your host country, provide words of advice (student life, travel, classes), and encourage students to also study abroad while at UT!  
  • International Exchange Students - This is a great opportunity for current McCombs students to hear firsthand about what it’s like to live in your country and study at your institution. We encourage you to share any interesting cultural observations about the US and your host country, provide words of advice (student life, travel, classes), and encourage our students to also study abroad in your country!

Time Commitment

Based on the student's availability, Global Ambassadors are asked to participate in at least 2 to 3 promotional events during the semester. Events may include speaking at study abroad information sessions, student organization presentations, Freshmen Interest Group (FIG) classes, freshmen recruiting events, K-4th grade outreach programs, or Family Weekend.

Become an Ambassador

Interested students should email to join the program.

Student Organizations

Joining a student organization is one of the best ways to meet UT students, make friends, and get more out of your semester in Austin!  With over 900 registered students organizations, it is easy to find one that meets your interests and is right for you.

UT Student Organizations

The Student Organization Database is the best way to research student organizations. Students can search by keyword, name, or by organization type.  Categories include: International/Cultural, Social, Professional, Recreational, Special Interests, Sports, Religious, Service, Political.

During the first weeks of the semester, students are encouraged to stop by the West Mall (west of the Tower building) or the Jester Building foyer (corner of 21st street and Speedway) to visit a variety of student org tables distributing membership and event information.

McCombs Student Organizations

There are also over 30 student organizations registered at the McCombs School of Business. This is a great way to meet fellow business students while joining a professional, service, social or major-related student organization. Learn more.

McCombs Resources

BBA Career Services

Find helpful information regarding career exploration, interview preparation, internship and job boards, company research, and career services programs such as networking receptions, etiquette dinners, and Career Prep Week.

Office of Student Life

Whether it is starting or joining a student organization, participating in a case competition, or attending a McCombs school-wide event such as Gone to Business or Explore UT, the Office of Student Life is dedicated to offering students numerous out of classroom experiences that complement their academic studies.

Media Services

McCombs students with a valid UT ID are eligible to checkout a variety of media equipment, including use of laptops, projectors, digital cameras, and camcorders.

Graphic Services

Business students are able to utilize the McCombs Graphic Services Center for a variety of services, including: poster printing and mounting, publication layout and design, file format conversion, and production of laser engraved signs. All services incur a $18/hr labor fee plus the cost of materials.

McCombs Copy Center

A full-service copy center is located on the 3rd floor of the GSB (3.136). Services include: self-service copies, color copies, laminating, binding, faxing, resume paper and envelopes, folding, stapling, paper cutting.

Computer Services

International exchange students will receive an official McCombs email address during Tech Orientation and will have access to the student computer labs throughout the semester. In addition, the Computer Services team provides a variety of technical and computer support to students.