Buddy Program for International Students

It is natural to feel like a fish out of water when you step foot on your dream campus in a different country! To help acclimate students to USF, this program will match new international students with current students based on similar interests (i.e. language, course of study or specific student requests). The buddies act as a guide to help our first-year international students sail along their new journey. They also help new students get familiar with information on local food, grocery stores, weather, transportation, banks, mobile phone services, resident life, student clubs and students services on campus. This program will help new students build community and navigate a new cultural and educational ecosystem.

The program's introductory event will take place on Thursday, August 19 at 3:00 p.m. at USF's main campus. Attendees will meet current buddies, enjoy artisanal Boba and be able to sign up for the program. Sign up to attend this event! If you are unable to attend the event on August 19, you can still sign up for the Buddy Program and attend events through the academic year!