Apply for an Exchange Buddy

What is it?

The Exchange Buddy Program is a social network that connects you to SFU students before you arrive here for your exchange/study abroad term. Exchange students will be partnered with an SFU student who has either studied abroad, is considering it, or is interested in the opportunity to make friends from around the world.

You and your SFU Partner will receive your matched contact information approximately 1 month before your exchange begins and you and your partner can be in touch to help you prepare for your time at SFU.

Once you arrive, we organize fun activities around town for the first weeks of the term and send out bulletins of events at SFU and around the city through International Services for Students. You will have the opportunity to meet many fellow exchange students, and plenty of local SFU students too.

ApplicationS: available within Exchange application to SFU

Is there any cost for joining the Exchange Buddy Program?

It is completely free to join the Exchange, although some activities may require an entrance fee.

What kind of events will there be for the Exchange Buddy Program?

Here is a sample of the types events that we have run in past terms through International Services for Students:

  • Exchange Social (Exchange Welcome Event)
  • Welcome/Welcome Back Trip to Victoria/Whistler
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey Game
  • Harrison Hot Springs
  • Curling Event

How do you decide who my SFU Buddy will be?

Whenever possible, we will match you with a student who has either studied at your home university, or is hoping to in the future. Other factors will also be considered to make the match as mutually beneficial as possible.

Questions ?

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Current SFU Students  (Degree Seeking) 

The Exchange Buddy Program is a social network of SFU students who are interested in developing global friendships and providing transition support for new exchange students to SFU.

The Exchange Buddy Program matches you with an Exchange/Study Abroad Partner who is coming to SFU on exchange. As their SFU Partner, you will correspond with them prior to their arrival to help them prepare for their time in Vancouver. Once they arrive you will be invited to social events where you can expand your international network of friends.

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