AUSA understands that being in a completely new country can be overwhelming, and we want to help!

You are matched with an existing student based on your shared interests or major. You will get support for:

  • key administrative processes , such as obtaining an IRD number, converting your driving license and applying for jobs
  • showing you around Auckland CBD for the nearest supermarkets, stationery stores and best places to eat
  • Having an ongoing mentoring relationship with you throughout your first semester

The role of an AUSA Buddy

When can I meet my Buddy?

You can start chatting with your Buddy online, even before you arrive in Auckland! Your Buddy will meet up with you during Fresher’s and/or Orientation week. Even if you missed Orientation, your Buddy can still meet you when you arrive here.

What else does the AUSA Buddy Programme do? 

  • Meet other international students through various events
  • Gain support for administrative tasks that can be super confusing!
  • Many AUSA Buddies are active university students; some even hold key leadership positions in their clubs. You will be plugged into the strong social networks that the Buddies bring with them.
  • You will get insider knowledge about the Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA), the people who represent you at the University of Auckland. This includes possible involvement as an AUSA Volunteer and strong ties with the International Students’ Officer Auckland University Students’ Association.

How are AUSA Buddies different from UniGuides and the First Year Experience program (FYE)?

UniGuides support new students in navigating the university environment during Fresher’s Week; FYE mentors connect new students to academic support within the Faculty. AUSA Buddies have specific knowledge about the international experience. We look into the emotional well-being of international students, with the aim of facilitating social integration and cultural adaptation.

Are AUSA Buddy Volunteers paid?

No, this is an initiative that runs on the goodwill of existing national and international students.

What if I do not like my AUSA Buddy Volunteer?

Our AUSA Buddies are passionate, well-trained and we are proud of them! In the unlikely event that you cannot get along with your AUSA Buddy you can email Manisha, the International Buddies Manager at

I still need more information before I sign up

You can email Manisha, the International Buddies Manager, at You can also check out the AUSA Buddy facebook page here.

Frequently Asked Questions