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International Student Befriending Scheme

Moving away from home can be a daunting prospect wherever ‘home’ may be, but we know that it can be especially difficult for international students. Those students, for whom English is not their first language, are invited to join the Befriending Scheme overseen by Fiona Barnard, the Honorary Chaplaincy for international students and spouses.

Befrienders are volunteers who can help with English speaking skills, talk about living in the UK, Scottish traditions and interesting places to visit. They may meet students in a cafe or in their homes, or may take them to see local places of interest, during their stay in St Andrews. Some friendships continue for many years after students have left St Andrews.

How does the scheme work?

The idea is a simple one - students and befriends get together for a pot-luck meal early in the academic year when everyone brings some food to share. At the meal you will be introduced to your befriender who will then contact you by phone or email to make arrangements for meeting.

How can I sign up?

Closing date has now passed however you can still contact our Honorary International Student Chaplain, Fiona at, for more information.  


The Chaplaincy Centre

3A St Mary's Place
St Andrews
KY16 9UY
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2866/2492

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