The University Buddy Program is organized by the Academic Mobility of the Office of International and Institutional Affairs – AAII and supported by the Office of the Vice President for Extension and Community Affairs (PROEX) through the Psychosocial Care Center (CAP), with the aim of helping exchange students adapt during their stay at PUCRS.
The Program aims to meet the needs of exchange students from their arrival at PUCRS and during their stay, with a view to overcoming everyday difficulties. In essence, the program aims to help exchange students during the sociocultural adaptation process in addition to academic integration.
Students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs at PUCRS can participate in the Buddy Program. It is a voluntary activity, in which a PUCRS student and an exchange student can share ideas, experiences and, primarily, learn about each other’s culture and language.
Students must join the program on a voluntary basis. Fluency in a particular language is not mandatory, but will be considered a valuable skill when selecting candidates.
The basic activities involved are as follows:
University Buddies can also supervise and advise exchange students in complementary activities to help them through the adaptation/integration process; these include:
PUCRS students interested in participating in the University Buddy Program should visit the Academic Mobility website (www.pucrs.br/pma) and fill out the form available for download. Applications are processed by the Academic Mobility (building 01, room 110, ground floor, University Campus – Phone:  3320.3656 or  3320.3660).
Students who apply for the University Buddy Program will be interviewed by professors from the Psychosocial Care Center (CAP).
The time, date and place for the interviews will be stipulated by the Academic Mobility Office (CMA).
1) University Buddies have no financial obligations to exchange students.
2) Valid as a complementary activity in accordance with the course’s pedagogical projects.