Buddy Program

Hiking Group at Seven Falls

The Buddy Program brings together international students and domestic students to create a global community at the UA. Join this program if you are interested in... 

  • Making friends from different backgrounds and cultures
  • Exploring Tucson through outdoor activities, athletics, and local events
  • Learning more about the UA, Tucson, and the U.S.
  • Sharing your own global experiences and travels with others

When signing up, you will have the option to join for a semester or year.

Learn more on the University of Arizona Buddy Program Facebook Page!

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How to Join

1. Sign up to be a part of this program by completing the Buddy Program Form!

2. Join the Facebook page as you wait for your buddy group. All students will be placed in a group with one Global Ambassador as its lead.

3. Expect an email and group text for your buddy group within the first two weeks of the semester's start.

4. Make the most of the Buddy Program by attending events scheduled by your UA Global Ambassadors listed on the Facebook Events page

5. Earn prizes by checking in at Buddy Program events or when spending time with other buddies.

Please note: The Office of Global Initiatives will not support the use of alcohol by underage students or the use of any substances that may be illegal during program events. If any member of the Buddy Program engages in these behaviors, he/she will be responsible for the outcomes of his/her actions.

Calendar of Events

All events will be advertised within your assigned buddy group as well as through the Buddy Program Facebook Page.

If you have questions or want to suggest an event, please email uabuddyprogram@gmail.com


Earning Prizes

Global Buddies can earn prizes for participating in Buddy Program Events and by spending time with other buddies in the program. 

How do I earn my prizes?

  1. Attend a Buddy Program Event or schedule an activity with anyone else in the Buddy Program
  2. Check in when you are together using the Facebook Page (Use App) or the following link
  3. After checking into 5 different activities, you will receive an email inviting you to pick up your prize at UA Study Abroad , located in the University Services Building, Room 301

Example of the Fall 2016 buddy prize is the UA Global Buddy Hat shown below: