The University of San Francisco: International Student and Scholar Services

USF Buddy Program

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What is the Buddy Program?

The Buddy Program is designed to create a mutual learning opportunity for new international students and returning USF students. It consists of a team of returning USF students who volunteer their time as mentors. Mentors help new international students (mentees) adjust to school and the city environment. The Buddy Program is a great opportunity for educational and cultural exchanges to take place throughout the semester.

For Mentors
Are you interested in helping a fellow international student on campus?  If so, apply to be a mentor! As a mentor, your roles will include being a resource and culture guide, and a friend by way of personal interactions and planning social events. Maybe you've had experiences where you could have used help, or maybe you just want to help others have as great of a time at college as you've had. You could make a major impact on someone else's experience here at USF. Whatever your reason, please consider becoming a USF Buddy.

Information for Mentors: PDF
Application for Mentors: PDF

For Mentees
Are you a new international student looking for guidance and friendship? If so, apply to be a mentee with the Buddy Program. As a mentee, you will engage in cross-cultural communication with a returning USF student who will  help you with adjusting to USF and the city of San Francisco. If you feel that you may benefit from this relationship please find out more at the International Student Orientation this January.

Information for Mentees: PDF
Application for Mentees: PDF

Questions about the USF Buddy Program?  Contact ISSS at 415-422-2654 or You may also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions document here