Postgraduate Buddy Programme

Whether you are pursuing coursework, research, or are on a temporary exchange programme, the Postgraduate Buddy Programme will help you find peers.

About the Buddy Programme

The Engineering PG Buddy Programme is a volunteer network of new and existing postgraduate engineering students in all programmes.

Our Buddy team is comprised of current student volunteers from a wide range of Engineering postgraduate coursework and research programmes and cultural backgrounds. They know what it was like to be new to postgraduate study, they have learned useful tips and experience, and they want to share it with the new students to help them find their way easier.

When a new student applies for a Buddy, we will match them with a Buddy based on background and programme similarity, and connect them via email to allow the new student to ask questions and the Buddy to provide tips and experience. This relationship continues through the whole semester. Communication can be flexible, either via email, other online interfaces, or face to face meetup (arranged between the student and the Buddy).

Sign up to be a Buddy!

We are looking for current posgraduate students who are willing to assist new postgraduate students while they transition to University life. There will be a Buddy network to support you in this exciting role!

By signing up to become a Buddy, you will be making the following commitments:

  • Attend a training session scheduled for Tuesday, 16 February from 11am-1pm
  • Maintain active communication with your new students for the first four weeks of the semester via email (and face to face if required): 
    1. Proactively check your new student’s progress
    2. Respond to their questions promptly by sharing tips/ advice and directing them to the right services/ resources.

If you have any questions, please contact Meleane Akauola at

How to apply for a Buddy

Whether you are new to New Zealand, Auckland, the University, or just postgraduate study, the tips, guidance, and experience shared by our senior student volunteers will make life a lot easier and add value to your experience here.

To sign up for a buddy, please register via the online form.

If you have any questions regarding the PG Buddy Programme, please email Meleane Akauola.


Feedback from past students

“It is important to get a postgraduate Buddy who has gone through similar situations and can give you tips and advice. The Buddies were very helpful, whether you knew them personally or not.”

“I have benefited from this programme from the day I entered the university.”

“The idea of the Buddy Programme is so good and my Buddy was so helpful in terms of clarification of doubts in so many aspects. It is one good trustworthy program for newbies to know around UoA, Auckland, and to make new friends too."

What the Buddies have to say

“It is satisfying to meet new people and to help them settle in a new country and a new academic/social culture.”

'“I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping others. Also, it helps improve my communication skills. In addition to that I earned a group of new friends.”