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Matie Buddy Programme

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Apply to Become a Matie Buddy

Moving from familiar surroundings to a new country with new people and new cultures is not always easy. Our Matie Buddy programme provides international students with an opportunity to connect with a local student even before they arrive in South Africa. This will help them settle into life at Stellenbosch University. 

​Inviting local SU students to apply as a Matie Buddy

Are you outgoing? Up for adventure? Do you like helping people and making them feel at home? As a Matie Buddy, your primary role will be to connect with international exchange students as they prepare to come to SU, as well as once they have arrived. You will provide them with any extra help they need to make their move to South Africa as easy as possible.

The Matie Buddy initiative has undergone a major revamp. As of 2021 the Matie Buddy initiative will be more formalized and will consist of compulsory and non-compulsory activities. Compulsory activities include participating in training sessions, virtual meetings with your international buddy prior to their arrival, participation in the Welcome and Orientation programme, International Food Evening, face to face meetings with your international buddy and lastly completion of several assessments. Non-compulsory activities include participating in ISOS excursions, voluntary community engagement activities and facilitating campus tours.

All these activities are designed so that the Matie Buddy can engage with international students while simultaneously developing their own intercultural competencies and subsequently facilitate the process of global learning.

While the Matie Buddy program has been formalized, I can assure you that it is still a very fun and exciting programme. So, I encourage you all to sign up. Please note that only 80 buddies will be selected for next year. Should you wish to apply please see the application process below.

​This is the perfect way to see the world while in Stellenbosch! 

To apply to become a Matie Buddy register for the 101 Study Abroad module​ on SUNLearn and complete the required steps.

Apply here to become a Matie Buddy >


  • Angelo Jephtha
  • Email: acj(at)​