International Student Buddies

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Our award winning International Student Buddies are here to make sure your transition to University life goes as smoothly as possible. 

International Student Buddies Logo PNG All international students can sign up to the scheme, and will be given a buddy to help with a lot of different things, in and out of Uni.

But don't just take it from us - here are the International Student Buddies to explain the scheme in their own words!

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Your Student Buddies

Karina Tandel 150x200 Karina Tandel

Hi, I am Karina currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Management. Being a part of Birmingham City University I have got the opportunity to learn many new things and discover many different cultures under one roof. And, I have only been able to do that by getting involved and meeting many new people.

So why don’t you also start with the same!

Looking forward to meeting you all and hearing about your backgrounds.

If you wish to contact me directly, please email me on the following email address -

Or text me on WeChat - TandelKarina

Ana Maria 150x200 Ana Maria

Hi, I am Ana Maria and I am currently studying Management and International Business MSc. I was born in Moldova, but I lived half of my life in Portugal. I speak Romanian, Portuguese, English and Russian. I love meeting new people and new challenges. 

This is the best experience of my life, which gave me the opportunity to make new friends for life and study in a big community, where I feel like home.  

I hope you will enjoy living in UK as much as I do. If you need any help, you can contact me through my email -       

Or text me on WeChat - anamariaiu15 

Stephanie Chua 150x200 Stephanie Yoke Ping Chua 

I am a Malaysian student currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology. Coming to the UK for my studies was one of the best decisions I have made. Studying abroad to me means freedom with responsibilities, extraordinary adventures and a remarkable endurance you never knew in yourself. Talk to me if you would like to find out how to make the most of your time here at Birmingham City University and the UK. Always happy to help! 

To contact me email me on - 

Or text me on WeChat - StephClaire95 

Alvin 150x200 Siyuan He (Alvin)

I am a Chinese student who currently studying in the Master year of International Business and Management. I am an altruistic person with enthusiasm attitude all the time.

Living and studying in an unfamiliar country can be tough and stressful so feel free to share and discuss with me your own issue whether in studying or normal life. 

If you wish to contact me directly, please email me on the following email address - 

Or text me on WeChat - HekoToxic

Mehul 150x200 Medhajit Sarkar (Mehul)

I’m a fitness enthusiast who doesn’t believe in diets, so I’m pretty sure we’ll have something in common. I’ll be looking forward to hearing you guys out!

If you wish to contact me directly, please email me on the following email address -

Or text me on WeChat - mks_1994