Apply to Become an SFU GPS Buddy
What is the GPS Buddy Program?
The GPS Buddy Program is a social network of SFU students who are interested in developing global friendships and providing support for new exchange students to SFU.
The GPS Buddy Program matches you with an International Partner who is coming to SFU on exchange. As their "SFU Partner", your responsibilities will be to correspond with them prior to their arrival to help them prepare for their time in Vancouver. Once they arrive you will connect with them to support their transition to SFU and to their new life in Metro Vancouver. You will be invited to social events where you can expand your international network of friends!
What are the benefits?
- Gain an international perspective
- Meet students from around the world
- Attend fun social events
- Create an international network of friends
Am I eligible? We are looking for students who:
- Have studied at SFU for at least one term
- Will be studying at one of SFU's campuses for the term they are applying to be an SFU Partner (ie not on co-op, taking a term off, etc)
- Are interested in helping new students adjust to SFU/Vancouver/Canada
- Want to gain an international perspective
- Will be able to correspond with their partner via email for at least 1 month prior to the start of the term, and meet with them when they arrive.
- Help them acclimatize to their new life here at SFU.
We are looking for students who genuinely wish to help new exchange students transition to life at SFU and Canada. Regardless of whether you have travelled abroad or have never left BC, if you are keen to connect with your "internationally-minded" peers and make a difference for these new exchange students, we want you in the program.
What is the time commitment?
- If this is your first time in the GPS Buddy Program, there will be a Canvas Course Orientation (approx 1.5 hours)
- You must be able to connect with your GPS Buddy when you are notified of your match.
- Correspond with your partner at least one month before their arrival. August for Fall GPS and December for Spring GPS Buddies
- Once your GPS Buddy arrives, meet and connect with him/her at our GPS events or at an SFU campus to make them feel welcomed.
- The rest is up to you!
How do I apply for a GPS Buddy?
The next application deadline for Fall 2019 will open in May/June 2019. Please check back on this page for more information at that time.
How do you decide who my GPS Buddy will be?
If your application is approved, you will generally be matched with either 1 or 2 GPS Buddies. When matching you with your buddy(s), we will consider all of the information you have provided on your application to make the experience as mutually beneficial as possible!