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Tech Buds

Would you like to participate in the TechBUDS program?

Adjusting to a new cultural environment can be exciting and challenging. New international students at Tennessee Tech often have a lot of questions and concerns during their first weeks on campus. The TechBUDS Program was created to ease the transition for international students, and to encourage lifelong friendships between cultures. 

The TechBUDS program pairs new international students with current Tennessee Tech students. Things that you might do with your new Buddy:

Share a meal Go shopping
Talk about your culture Visit your Buddy’s home
Study together Attend a school event
Explore Cookeville Hang out


• Provide sensitivity needed to assist new undergraduate international students.
• Demonstrate a sincere interest in helping people.
• Be respectful to religious, political, orientation and cultural differences.
• Not promote any political or religious organization(s) to their buddy.



TechBUDS Incoming International Student Application

If you are a current Tennessee Tech student and would like to be paired with an incoming international student to provide assistance in transitioning to Tennessee Tech and the culture of the U.S. please fill out the following application:

Current Tennessee Tech Student TechBUD application

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