Be a Matie Buddy

Are you outgoing? Up for adventure? Do you like helping people and making them feel at home? As a Matie Buddy, your primary role will be to connect with international exchange students as they prepare to come to SU, as well as once they have arrived. You will provide them with any extra help they need to make their move to South Africa as easy as possible. In addition, we also encourage  Matie Buddies to offer their assistance with SU International’s orientation event hosted each semester.​

By signing up as a Matie Buddy, you commit to:

  • making contact with your international student buddy during the June and December holidays; 
  • trying to maintain contact throughout the semester;
  • attending a compulsory first meeting; and
  • possibly also offering help with the welcome and orientation programme, ISOS, International Food Evening, campus tours, Intercultural Competency Initiative and other events throughout the semester.

This is the perfect way to see the world while in Stellenbosch! Registration is easy – simply fill in the online form.

For more information contact us at


Matie Buddy Application Form

Meet Internationals
Learn a New Language
Make new friends
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