Study Buddy Program


Join the Study Buddy Program at UFSC!

This is a volunteer program in which UFSC students give guidance and assistance to incoming international students on how to proceed in their first days in Florianópolis and at UFSC. In return, it provides our regular students the opportunity to get in contact with students from foreign universities and cultures from all over the world.

How does it work?

SINTER provides a study buddy for the exchange student who will assist her or him with important information about UFSC and Florianópolis. Upon arrival in Brazil, the exchange student will have a number of questions and doubts about their study abroad experience, and the study buddy will be ready to help solving them. 

UFSC student – Would you like to join the Study Buddy Program?

Why should I become a study buddy?

Becoming the study buddy of an international student is a great way to practice your language skills, get to know other cultures and make new friends. More than that, it is an opportunity to help someone (who will probably arrive in Brazil lacking the essential information about the country) and become an opportunity multiplier. Finally, by becoming a study buddy you are also helping UFSC to develop international exchange programs and consolidate partnerships with renowned universities, being a part of all that!

The study buddy will assist the exchange student for one semester. By the end of the program and upon request, SINTER may provide a certificate of participation in the program, which will  be subject to an evaluation by the exchange student. Study buddies who obtain a minimum grade of 6 (out of 10) in the evaluation are eligible for the certificate. Special cases will be analyzed by SINTER.

This volunteer activity will offer you a rich cultural exchange experience without leaving the country.

If you are interested in joining the Program, click here for further details.

Application and Selection

To become a study buddy, you must fill in an application form, indicating your language preferences. Please note that Portuguese-speaking students also need a study buddy. The selection confirmation and the information on the respective exchange students will be sent by email. If there are still students in need of a study buddy, the selection period will be extended.

Application period:  from 13 November to 8 December 2023.

Exchange student – Would you like to have a study buddy during your stay at UFSC?

If you are interested in joining the Program you should chose the option “Join in the Study Buddy Program” when filling out the online application form. In this case, we will inform you the name and contact details of your Buddy via email after your admission at UFSC.