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Study Abroad & Exchange

International Buddy Program

Every international exchange student is invited to participate in the International Buddy Program at CSU, Chico.

What is the International Buddy Program?

This program was developed to help exchange students meet American students and other international students quickly so that you are able to make a new circle of friends immediately upon arriving in the States. Because you are only here for a semester or two, it is crucial that you meet as many people as possible in a short amount of time. 

Team Study Abroad will assign you an American student who will serve as a "Peer Advisor." This is a student who recently studied abroad in a foreign country, and is someone who is genuinely interested in learning more about your culture, while also serving as your personal “guide” to Chico college life.

The International Buddy Program is about friendship and support. These are people who are volunteering their time to serve as a window into American college life. We will have several events throughout the semester, which are fun and give you a chance to meet a big group of Americans and international exchange students. There is no obligation to attend all or any of these events (but we hope you will). 

Participation in the program is free, and most events involve no fee to participate.  Every effort is made to keep events either free or very affordable to students.

American Mentors are there to provide the following type of support:

  • Communicate with you via e-mail and Facebook prior to your arrival, answering your questions and providing general support
  • Pick you up from the airport or bus station (when logistically possible)
  • Help you get settled into your new apartment by taking you shopping for groceries and other necessary items
  • Show you around campus, help you get your books and campus ID, and more
  • Tell you about the coolest places to hang out in Chico, the best professors, and more
  • Introduce you to their friends in Chico, and in some cases, their families (networking!)
  • Serve as an emergency contact, specifically during evenings or on the weekends when our office is closed.

Examples of International Buddy Program Events Include

  • Welcome pizza party
  • Farmer’s market
  • Sporting events
  • Movie nights
  • Game nights
  • Bowling night
  • Halloween pumpkin carving
  • Bidwell Park BBQ (swimming/sports)
  • Karaoke and Sushi making
  • Sierra Nevada Brewery Tour
  • International Potluck
  • American "Prom Night"
  • Excursions to nearby areas of interest (e.g. day hikes)

How Do I sign up?

All incoming exchange students are automatically invited to participate when they apply to CSU, Chico.

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