The HELLO Project

A buddy scheme for new international students

<p>HELLO Project 1</p>
<p>Hello Project 10</p>
<p>HELLO Project 6</p>

The HELLO Project matches new international students at the University of Plymouth with home student buddies at the start of the academic year. 

Students get together to talk, ask questions, get information, and share ideas.

New students can find out about living in Plymouth and studying at university. Most importantly, the HELLO project gives new international students the opportunity to make new friends.

Here are some of the things that international students said about taking part in the project:

  • m “Through this project I can improve my English level, especially speaking and I can get many local friends.”
  • m “It gives me friends and lets me know more about British culture.”
  • m “I enjoyed the Hello Project because as an international student I found it very difficult to settle into the UK. My buddy was nice and patient and helped me to adjust to life in Plymouth.”
  • m “My buddy widened my eyes and helped me a lot with my English speaking.”
<p>Hello Project 11</p>
<p><b></b>HELLO Project 5<b></b><br></p>
<p>HELLO Project 9</p>

Home students said:

  • m “It provided a great way to relate to new students in a deeper way and it provided an opportunity to develop my confidence and communication skills.”
  • m “I found it very rewarding to help someone integrate into life at Plymouth University.”
  • m “Working on this project has diversified my cultural knowledge of the world.”
  • m “I enjoyed experiencing a different culture. It pushed me out of my comfort zone.”
  • m “It challenged cultural stereotypes for both groups of students.”

Find out more about the HELLO Project

The HELLO Project runs in October and December every year.

For more information about taking part in the HELLO Project as a new international student or a home student buddy email: elc@plymouth.ac.uk.