Global Chums

Global Chums

Global Chums 2016

The University of Exeter's biggest mentor scheme

We know that finding out an answer to your questions (no matter how small!), settling in quickly once you get here, feeling comfortable and meeting some local students are crucial to getting the most out of your studies here at the University of Exeter and enjoying the UK.

To help with all of the above we are happy to invite you to join GLOBAL CHUMS. It's the biggest mentoring scheme across our campuses with over 300 students participating every year in Exeter and Penryn.

Here's what some of last year's students and mentors said about the scheme:

"This way I would already know someone studying at the University of Exeter who I could ask questions"

"...useful to have someone at the University ready to answer questions that I may have, help with everyday problems, [and] clearly explain some cultural differences."

"From being a mentor I have gained an insight into new cultures and have gained leadership skills in helping and answering my chums questions... I have also learnt many new things about the city from showing my chums around!"

Information for January 2017 students 

Benefits of having a Global Chums Mentor

  • Settle in to University of Exeter life faster
  • Someone to answer your questions
  • Someone to introduce you to societies, clubs and sports
  • A great way to meet other students of all nationalities

How the scheme works

  • You, and up to 3 others, will be matched with a student who has studied at the University of Exeter for at least one year
  • They may not be in your academic discipline but we will try to ensure you have something in common
  • Places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • We will confirm receipt of your application 
  • You must notify us if you no longer wish to be part of the scheme
  • The scheme runs for 6 weeks starting on 16 January 
  • There will be 2 Global Chums organised socials for you to attend with, or without, your mentor
  • You can meet your mentors outside the socials - this is something you can talk about and organise yourselves

If you are tempted why not watch this short video. The Global Chums section starts at 1 minute 06 seconds!

Global Chum January 2017 applications are now open. Please click here to go to the online form.

Information for Mentors

Do you love the University of Exeter? Do you enjoy talking to people? Are you friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic? Do you want to help new international students settle in? Then you are just the kind of person who would be a perfect Global Chums Mentor!

Every year over 100 mentors sign up for the programme and are allocated up to 4 new international students.

Global Chum Mentor applications are now open. Click here for more information and to go to the online form.