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International Student Buddies

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

All international students are welcome to sign up to the scheme, and will be paired with a buddy to offer help and support 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!

In addition to helping you, we organise a number of events. Last year the team set up cultural fairs, dance routines, movie nights, language taster sessions and even trips to other cities in the UK! If you also have ideas for
other activities, feel free to get in touch as we may be able to make it possible.

Your Student Buddies

Jonsmith Alankar Puli   

My name is Jonsmith Alankar Puli and I am in my 2nd year studying Bachelors in Business Information Technology at BCU. I am from India but lived half my life in Kenya. I speak English, Hindi, Swahili and Telugu. I have always believed in learning with new experiences. I learn from travelling around the world and wish to continue that. 

Staying in Birmingham for the past two years has given me an opportunity to discover new interests. I hated cooking but once I joined a restaurant as a part time job, I ended up taking the job of a Chef. These are the types of challenges I believe to overcome being a student away from home. Birmingham has certainly become close to my heart. I love to interact with new people and wish to assist you in any way possible.

You can get in touch with me by email at

Farhana Jahan   

Hi, I’m Farhana Jahan, currently I'm doing MSc in Advanced Computer Science. I was born in Bangladesh. I can speak Bengali, Hindi and English.

If you need any kind of help regarding studying at Birmingham City University and living in Birmingham you can email me on –

Don’t hesitate to contact me, I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you guys.

Dolapo Oguntuyi   

Hello! I am Dolapo Oguntuyi from Lagos, Nigeria. I am currently studying Building Surveying with Facilities management Msc.

Studying and living in the UK is one of the happiest decisions I have made as it is simply Home away from Home. I love the sense of belonging the community gives to an international student like me.

I want you to enjoy studying and living in UK as much as I did, if you need any help contact me on

Ewemade Erhunmwunse   

Hi there,

I am Ewemade Erhunmwunse, from the Great Benin Kingdom in present-day Nigeria, West of Africa. I am currently studying for an MSc Project Management degree and also an International Student Buddy. Throughout my time here at the university, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with exceptional students and staff from diverse background, and nationalities.

As an international student myself, I understand how daunting it can be moving into a new country.  However, through the support services available at BCU, I have had a great experience and thoroughly enjoyed studying in the UK.

I am happy for you to contact me directly via email, should you need any assistance. -

Misara Almosir   

Hi, My name is Misara I'm an Egyptian PG student, currently pursuing a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Choosing BCU was a great decision, the university is dynamic, youthful and modern. At BCU you will have full range of academic and social support which makes your experience easy and worthwhile.

If you need any help you can contact me anytime on my email:

Callistus Gero   

Hi Everyone, I am Callistus Gero. I am currently a 1st year PhD student in the School of Engineering and Built Environment. I was born in Kenya, where I lived and worked before coming to the UK for my Masters and now PhD. I am fluent in both English and Swahili.

Being in the UK has given me the best exposure both in my field of study and life in general. It is amazing to be a member of a very diverse and supportive multicultural community here in Birmingham and BCU. I am ready to offer any advice concerning student life here in the UK if needed. 

My email address is<

Sunan Khan  

Hi, I’m Sunan Khan, a Pakistani student currently doing a PhD in Construction (Civil Engineering) from Birmingham City University UK. My university experience so far has been amazing. I have learned and experienced so many new things in such a short period of time. BCU always offers support when needed and all supervisors and lecturers are always very friendly and happy to help. I am very happy to be here!

If there is anything else I can do for you, please don't hesitate to contact me. I speak English, Urdu, Pashto and Panjabi. Get in touch with me any time: