Buddy programmes

Buddy programmes are a useful support and an important opportunity for an intercultural and linguistic exchange both for international and Ca' Foscari students.

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Ca' Foscari's Buddy Programme

Enjoy Ca' Foscari's Buddy Programme!

This programme is a useful support for international students visiting Venice and an interesting opportunity for Ca’ Foscari students, who can meet other people from Europe and from all over the world.

Who is a Buddy

Ca' Foscari Buddy Programme aims to give international students arriving in Venice a friendly, warm welcome and a point of reference while in Venice. Through this programme Ca’ Foscari University intends:

  • to make the university experience more interesting and stimulating for Italian and international students alike
  • to facilitate university, social and cultural integration of international students upon their arrival and throughout their stay in Venice
  • to encourage intercultural and linguistic exchange

A Buddy is a Ca’ Foscari student who acts as a mentor to an international student, devoting his/her free-time to facilitate integration into university life.

The Buddy helps the international student arriving in Venice to become familiar with university courses, with the various locations and services the university provides and with city life and its cultural environment. The Buddy can answer all kinds of questions regarding the university (classes, teachers, libraries, holidays, etc.), accommodation (lodging, rent, etc.), the city of Venice (public transports, sports facilities, nightlife, etc.), Italy (travelling, interesting sites, etc.). The Buddy can also help the incoming student with the registration at the International Relations Office and assist as an interpreter in case of need.

In order to find a Buddy the international student:

  • should browse the database listing Ca’ Foscari students who have joined in the Buddy Programme, sent by the Welcome Unit;
  • after selecting a candidate, should contact the potential Buddy via e-mail specifying the period of stay in order to arrange the first meeting.

If, for any reason, the international student could not contact the Buddy before his/her arrival, he/she will have the chance to meet potential Buddies at the International Welcome Days or in occasion of the cultural events organised throughout the year.

How does the international student find a Buddy?

In order to find a Buddy the international student:

  • should browse the database listing Ca’ Foscari students who have joined in the Buddy Programme, sent by the Welcome Unit;
  • after selecting a candidate, should contact the potential Buddy via e-mail specifying the period of stay in order to arrange the first meeting.

If, for any reason, the international student could not contact the Buddy before his/her arrival, he/she will have the chance to meet potential Buddies at the International Welcome Days or in occasion of the cultural events organised throughout the year.

How does a Ca’ Foscari student become a Buddy?

The requirements to become a Buddy are:

  • be currently enrolled at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, from the 2nd year on;
  • have free-time available, depending on commitments and personal interests;
  • knowledge of Venice and the university.

Ca’ Foscari students interested in becoming a Buddy shall complete the online form. Information provided in these forms will be sent to all the international incoming students.

Ca’ Foscari students will be contacted directly by the international student even before his/her arrival in Venice. Moreover, all the Buddies are invited to participate in the International Welcome Days and all the cultural events for international students organised throughout the year.

Deadline:

  • April 30th – availability for the first semester or the whole academic year (activities from September; compulsory meeting in May);
  • November 22nd - availability for the second semester (activities from January of the next year; compulsory meeting in November).

Buddy Abroad Programme

This programme is a useful support for Ca’ Foscari students nominated for an international programme, and an interesting opportunity for the international students, who can meet Ca’ Foscari students in their hometown.

Who is a Buddy Abroad?
A Buddy Abroad is an international student who has been at Ca’ Foscari University in the framework of an international programme. In his/her hometown or university, the Buddy Abroad acts as a mentor to an outgoing mobility student from Ca’ Foscari, devoting his/her free time to help this student integrate into university and city life.

How does the incoming student become a BuddyAbroad?
In order to become a Buddy Abroad, the incoming student shall fill in an application form to be requested to the International Relations Office - Welcome Unit before his/her departure from Venice.

The data will be stored in a database and forwarded to Ca’ Foscari students who have been nominated for a mobility period abroad. Ca’ Foscari outgoing students can contact the Buddy Abroad even before their arrival at the host institution/city.

The participation to the programme can be cancelled at any time by sending an e-mail to  buddy@unive.it.

How does a Ca’ Foscari student find a Buddy Abroad?
The staff of the Welcome Unit will provide Ca’ Foscari outgoing students with the contacts of the Buddies Abroad of the host institution/city, according to their availability.

Last update: 05/11/2019