Visa & International Support are pleased to support the International Friendship Programme for staff and international students at Edinburgh Napier University.
The International Friendship Programme is designed to give international students a chance to have first-hand experience of the local culture and way of life, in addition to life on campus, making their study period abroad easier and more enjoyable. At the same time, staff members of the University signing up to be “friends” with a student will get an opportunity to learn about the student’s home country and culture.
The idea is to spend time together, doing things that are mutually interesting and enjoyable, and get to know each other. Activities could involve dinner at home, holiday celebrations such as pumpkin carving for Halloween, attending a Burns Supper, Christmas activities and attending local events.
Friends and students will exchange contact information and can then contact one another independently. It is up to you to decide how often you meet and how you will spend your time together.
Who is the programme for?
The programme is for international students and staff at Edinburgh Napier University. Staff engaging with the programme are referred to as “friends”. There is no age barrier and we welcome anyone who is interested to participate.
As a member of staff at the University, why should I apply to be a friend?
As a friend, you will have the opportunity to interact with a student from an international background and build a meaningful relationship throughout their time at Edinburgh Napier. You will learn about your student’s country, culture and language, and you can share a little bit about your life and culture with them. Students and friends can also continue their relationship after they graduate.
What is expected of a friend?
Spending time with the student in person a few times throughout the semester, making them feel welcome in a different country and helping them adapt to life at Edinburgh Napier University.
What is not expected of a friend?
Friends are not expected to spend money on the student, although you are free to do so if you wish. You are not expected to provide housing or transport.
How are friends and students matched?
We consider preferences and interests expressed in the application from both parties and match friends to students accordingly. We also take into account those with/without children or pets, smokers and non-smokers etc. Please note any preferences in your application.
What if I have concerns or the situation is not working out?
Both students and friends have the right to leave the programme at any time by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also email this address too if you encounter any problems.
The International Friendship Programme was established and is piloted by the DLTE and ELIR teams, under the Enhancement Theme project.